Draft:Creagh National School
Creagh National School (Irish Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál) is a Catholic boys and girls national school built in 1939 located on the outskirts of Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. It was a four classroom - four teacher school when it first opened down the Creagh Road before it was moved to the current location. It has over 400 pupils and over thirty teachers. The school currently has over 20 mainstream classrooms, two offices, a hall, a library, a basketball court, four pitches and an astro-turf pitch.
Creagh National School was built in 1939 in Creagh, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. It started off with just four classrooms and four teachers when it first opened down the Creagh Road. It was then moved to the current location in 1939. William Naughton was the first principal of the new school. Tony Broderick was the most remembered principal who became principal in 1998 and sadly retired in 2012. The school hall Halla Uí Bhruadair is named after him. Stephanie Keating then became principal in 2012. She left in December of 2018. Noel Lohan is the current acting principal of Creagh National School.
Science Week is an annual event organised by deputy principal Áine Bleahene. Pupils take part in different enjoyable activities. Engineer's Week is another annual event organised by Áine Bleahene. Seachtain na Gaeilge is also an annual event held in March. It is organised by Irish teacher Majella O'Rourke. Each class takes part in lots of fun activities through Irish. Some of the activities include a Tráth na gCeist (table quiz), céilí in the hall and a treasure hunt. Every year as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge, the sixth class pupils organise a Cake Sale (Bake Sale) known as the Díolachan Cáca in Irish, fundraising money to people in Tanzania. They raise a shocking amount totalling over €3,000 every year.
Creagh National School is known for fundraising money. The annual St Brigid's Day Crosses Fundraiser is held every year on the 1st of February. Everyone make crosses to fund money to the Ballinasloe Social Services. Former second class teacher Regina Power organises the whole event. In 2016, Creagh fundraised and got two sets of iPads. Recently, the third class fundraised and got another set of iPads. Sixth class fundraise the most all year round. They do their annual Christmas Singalong Fundraiser, Cake Sale Fundraiser, Confirmation Fundraiser and lots more. All the money raised goes to their friends in Tanzania.
In 2017, Creagh NS made the newspapers for Three County Final Titles in One Week - in Hurling, Football and Camogie . In 2019, Creagh also made the newspapers for celebrating two Intercultural Days. They celebrated the staggering thirty-six different countries and cultures that were represented by the students of the school. It truly showed them what a welcoming and diverse town Ballinasloe is.