Roger Kiely (principal of Cullen National School 1938-1961) is the central figure on the cover of a new book from UCC entitled the “Atlas of the Irish Revolution“, but for some reason best known to the editors they did not have the courtesy to identify him. He was an intelligence officer with the Millstreet Battalion.
They might have included the description of him by the artist Sean Keating: “Roger Kiely was about the best and finest man I ever knew. A few years ago I went to look for him in County Cork. I found him a poor school-teacher in a poor little school near Kanturk. I asked him about the others and found that death, poverty and America had claimed them – the Unknown Soldiers.” (BMH Witness Statement 505). – Jack Lane [read more …] “Roger Kiely – The Men of the South”
Cullen N.S. was awarded its fifth Green Flag, the Biodiversity flag, on Thursday, May 11th at the Radisson Blu in Cork. Four members of Cullen National Schools Green-School committee were presented with the coveted flag in recognition of the school’s environmental endeavours over the course of the past two years. Various changes were made to the school grounds as part of Cullen N.S.’s Green-School Action Plan. Nesting boxes for wild birds were attached to trees near the playground and a bird feeder was also erected. A leaf-pile, a log-pile and a bug-hotel were created for mini-beasts to make themselves at home and an area of grass was cordoned off to be left unmanaged so that Irish wildflowers could thrive. Pupils of Cullen N.S. also engaged in many biodiversity educational activities: They planted radishes, cress, broad beans, microgreens and a willow tree in the school field. An ecologist and environmental educator visited the school to educate pupils on the variety of wild Irish birds and animals. Senior class pupils enjoyed a trip to Fota wildlife park, where they learned all about the many wild animals of the world, threats to their existence as well as Fota’s quest to remain environmentally friendly. Nuala, from I.R.D. Duhallow, came as a guest-speaker to inform pupils, parents and members of the community about invasive species in Duhallow and I.R.D.’s quest to eradicate Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam from local riverbanks and ditches. Staff, pupils, parents and members of the community were delighted to welcome Donncha O’Connor, senior Cork footballer, on Wednesday, May 17th 2017 where he raised Cullen N.S.’s fifth Green Flag.
And below we feature many more images of the historic occasion:
The new address of Cullen National School’s website is now www.cullenns.ie
The Enrolment Form is on CullenNS.ie HERE
Let’s observe some more pictures from the very special events. [read more …] “Cullen N.S. Graduation Event & Blue Star Flag Award”
Cullen National School will raise the Tricolour at 9:20am on Tuesday, March 15th in celebration of Proclamation Day.
Everyone is welcome to join us.
Refreshments will be served in the school afterwards by the Parents’ Association.
The Flags for Schools Initiative is part of the Proclomation Day Celebrations