Confirmation and 1st Confession

Congratulations to Sixth Class who made their Confirmation in March and to Second Class who made their First Confession. Details



Céad Faoistin


“Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”

“Zacháias, tar anuas díreach. Is mian liom fanacht i do theachsa inniu.”

Luke 19:5

We in the Saint Mary’s School Community congratulate both our Second Classes & their teachers, Ms McNulty and Mr Ó Brádaigh as the pupils made their First Confession with Father Derek and Father Michael on Tuesday, March 10th in our Parish Church.

This occasion was an important part of the children’s preparation for First Holy Communion on May 9th. They had practiced hard, learning their prayers and their hymns in advance of the night. To hear both classes sing was truly inspiring. We thank the children for their work and their parents/guardians for their support throughout the year. We trust that this First Confession was deeply rewarding as our children experienced the forgiveness of God through the ministry of our dedicated priests.

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Both Second Classes sang one of their beautiful hymns for us at Assembly recently!

 Ms McNulty and Mr Ó Brádaigh are very grateful to Father Derek for his help in preparing the children for confession. Thanks Father Derek!

Well done everyone!




Mr Halpin and his class with Principal, Mr Ó hÓbáin


Ms O’Shaughnessy and her class with Principal, Mr Ó hÓbáin

Congratulations to Sixth Class and their teachers, Mr Halpin and Ms O’Shaughnessy, as the pupils made their Confirmation on Saturday, March 7th, in our Parish Church.

The superb clarity and diction of the readings and the flawless way in which the proceedings took place are a testament to the care and attention given by the class teachers to this wonderful occasion.

Furthermore, the respect and reverence shown by each and every pupil reflected their growing maturity and we commend the parents of Sixth Class for their support and love in bringing their children to this happy day. We are very proud of you all.Well done!


 Thank you, Bishop Smith!

We were delighted to welcome our patron, Bishop Michael Smith to Ashbourne. We are glad that the pupils, their families & friends had a super day.

Congratulations and thanks to the 5th Class choir and their teachers, Ms McGuone and Mr O’Connor, who worked so hard, with such good humour, preparing the music for the big day. Thanks also to accompanist, Simon Orrock.

Mr Halpin and Ms O’Shaughnessy wish to thank our Chaplain and Parish Priest, Father Derek Darby, for his help and guidance in preparing for Confirmation Day.

Fr. Derek Darby

Thanks, Father Derek!


As is the tradition in Saint Mary’s, we welcomed our pupils and their families to the school after the ceremony, where tea and coffee was served by teachers and parents in the Assembly Hall.

Many thanks to our team of Special Needs Assistants, led by Ms Buckley, who transformed the Assembly Hall with their display of posters designed and made for every single Confirmed pupil. In addition, the rosettes on the seats in the church were a stylish touch!   Bravo!

The pupils were treated to a party in their classrooms; it was nice to see them in their finery and marvel at how grown-up they looked! Thanks to those teachers who set this up.

tea and coffee

The Principal, Mr Ó hÓbáin, the Board of Management and the Staff of Saint Mary’s were very pleased that so many of you made it to the school for a chat and a cup of tea. The day was special and it was great for all of us in the school community to get the chance to catch up in an informal and enjoyable way.

The organisation of the school reception, coordinated by Deputy-Principal, Mr Jimmy Walsh, takes time and requires cooperation from everyone to make it succeed. Thanks to all staff-members involved in preparing the school, the church and of course, the pupils for Confirmation.

We’d also like to make a special mention of our care-takers, Mr Swinburne and Mr Keyes who had the school grounds looking in tip-top condition and Ms Wearen for making the hall so beautiful ! Thank you!


We lit a candle for you all…


Our Neighbours

We congratulate the pupils of Gaelscoil na Cille and St Declan’s, along with their teachers and families, as their 6th Classes were also Confirmed.

Beannacht Dé Oraibh Go Léir!

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