Retirement Mass and Reception for Hannah Kelleher, Principal, Cullen N.S. on Friday 19th Oct. 2018 Beginning at 7pm

Mass will be celebrated in Cullen Church on Friday, 19th October at 7:00pm to bid a fond farewell to Hannah Kelleher, Principal, Cullen N.S.. The children of the school are busy practising their songs and readings for this Mass. Parents, current pupils, past pupils and members of the community and beyond are all most welcome to attend. 
After Mass, all are invited to attend celebrations in the Community Centre. Music will be provided by past-pupils of Mrs. Kelleher, pupils who would have formed part of the School Band at some stage.  These musicians are encouraged to bring their instrument of choice on the night, to be part of this momentous occasion.
We extend sincere congratulations to Hannah who has contributed so inspiringly to the education of so many young people in such a dedicated manner over many fruitful and uplifting years.    We all wish Hannah a very Happy, Healthy and Fulfilling Retirement.  Click on the images to enlarge.(S.R.)

 

 

Roger Kiely – The Men of the South

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”

Donncha Raises the Wonderfully Impressive Fifth Flag for Cullen N.S.

Sincere congratulations to Cullen N.S. on recently being awarded their hugely impressive fifth Green Flag. What a marvellous achievement. Great credit is due to all who have so dedicatedly contributed to such success. It was sportsman supreme, Donncha O’Connor who recently hoisted the most recent 2017 Flag. We have also been provided with a full report seen below and we share a selection of images from the very special occasion. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)

And we continue to share lots more images and a full report:

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:

[read more …] “Donncha Raises the Wonderfully Impressive Fifth Flag for Cullen N.S.”

Cullen National School Website Address

The new address of Cullen National School’s website is now www.cullenns.ie

Special Guest GAA Celebrity Donncha O’Connor raises the prestigious Green Flag recently awarded to Cullen N.S. on Wednesday morning (17th May 2017) in the School Grounds. Pictured with the pupils, teachers and parents Donncha also raised a second flag which was also awarded for Safety Awareness. Following the impressive ceremony a wonderful musical recital by the pupils was presented after which refreshments were served.  A full feature on the event to follow later.  (S.R.)

Cullen N.S. Awarded Two Prestigious School Flags

Special Guest GAA Celebrity Donncha O’Connor raises the prestigious Green Flag recently awarded to Cullen N.S. on Wednesday morning (17th May 2017) in the School Grounds. Pictured with the pupils, teachers and parents Donncha also raised a second flag which was also awarded for Safety Awareness. Following the impressive ceremony a wonderful musical recital by the pupils was presented after which refreshments were served.  Lots more pictures to follow later in a special feature.  Click on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Cullen N.S. Graduation Event & Blue Star Flag Award

We thank Miriam & Hannah for the selection of pictures relating to the recent Graduation Ceremony at Cullen N.S. as well as being awarded the Blue Flag at which Seán Kelly, MEP was present. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
We thank Miriam & Hannah for the selection of pictures relating to the recent Graduation Ceremony at Cullen N.S. as well as being awarded the Blue Star Flag at which Seán Kelly, MEP was present. Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Cullen NS 3 Graduation 2016-600Cullen NS 2 Graduation 2016-600Let’s observe some more pictures from the very special events. [read more …] “Cullen N.S. Graduation Event & Blue Star Flag Award”