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Monastery National School, Ardee, Co. Louth
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Staff

Staff 2021-2022 Absent - Teachers Mrs Henry-Keane, Mrs Coleman, Mrs Sloan, Mrs Marks and SNA Elisha Fay.
Staff 2021-2022 Absent - Teachers Mrs Henry-Keane, Mrs Coleman, Mrs Sloan, Mrs Marks and SNA Elisha Fay.
 

The Staff of Monastery National School 2022-2023

Principal – Mr. Jim Mc Gee
Deputy Principal & Support Teacher – Mr Philip McAdam 
Junior Infants - Ms. Áine McNally
Junior Infants – Ms. Claire McCabe
Senior Infants – Ms. Aoife McHugh
1st Class – Mrs. Sheila Sloan (Ms. Caoileann Byrne)
2nd Class – Mrs. Valerie Browne
3rd Class – Mrs. Áine Marks
4th Class – Mr. Roddy McCoy / Mrs. Kate Henry-Keane.
5th Class – Mr. Gerard Garland
6th Class – Ms. Leanna Cusack 
6th Class – Mrs. Sandra Kerr
Support Teacher – Mrs. Emily Higgins
Support Teacher – Mrs. Ciara Corr (Ms. Daramay Fitzpatrick)
Support Teacher – Mrs. Cristabel Clifford
Support Teacher – Ms. Abigail McEneaney

HSCL Teacher – Mrs. Siobhán Coleman

Special Needs Assistant - Annamarie Brennan.
Special Needs Assistant - Angela Matthews.
Special Needs Assistant - Ivor Martin.
Special Needs Assistant - Berni Vernon.
Special Needs Assistant - Elisha Fay.
Secretary - Mrs Anne Woods.
Caretaker - Mr Philip Rodgers.
Cleaner - Mr Brendan Kane.
Lunch Distribution – Mr. James Gargan

 

The Staff of Monastery National School 2021-2022

Principal - Mr Jim Mc Gee
Deputy Principal & Support Teacher - Mr McAdam 
Junior Infants - Ms. McCreanor.
Junior Infants - Ms McCabe.
Senior Infants - Ms Maguire.
1st Class - Mrs Sloan.
2nd Class - Ms Corr.
3rd Class - Mrs Browne.
4th Class - Mr McCoy / Mrs Henry-Keane.
5th Class - Mrs Kerr.
5th Class - Ms Cusack. 
6th Class - Mr Garland.
Support Teacher - Mrs McGrory.
Support Teacher - Mrs Higgins. 
Support Teacher - Mrs Coleman.
Support Teacher - Mrs Higgins. 
Special Needs Assistant - Annamarie Brennan.
Special Needs Assistant - Angela Matthews.
Special Needs Assistant - Ivor Martin.
Special Needs Assistant - Berni Vernon.
Special Needs Assistant - Elisha Fay.
Secretary - Mrs Anne Woods.
Caretaker - Mr Philip Rodgers.
Cleaner - Mrs Margaret Sheridan.
Cleaner - Mr Brendan Kane.

The Staff of Monastery National School 2012-2013


Principal - Mr Jim Mc Gee
Junior Infants - Ms. Henry.
Senior Infants - Mrs. Mc Grory.
1st Class - Mrs Murphy.
2nd Class - Ms. Higgins.
3rd Class - Ms Taaffe.
4th Class - Ms. Cusack.
5th Class - Ms. Maxwell.
6th Class - Mr. Mc Creanor.
Learning Support - Mr. Keane.
Resource Teacher - Mrs. Keane.
Learning Support - Mrs. Loughran.
Special Needs Assistant - Annamarie Brennan.
Special Needs Assistant - Angela Connolly.
Secretary - Mrs. Anne Woods.
Caretaker - Mr. Ronan Taaffe.
Cleaner - Mrs. Margaret Sheridan.

The Staff of Monastery National School 2011-2012


Principal - Mr Jim Mc Gee
Junior Infants - Ms. Henry.
Senior Infants - Mrs. Mc Grory.
1st Class - Mrs Murphy.
2nd Class - Ms. Higgins.
3rd Class - Ms Taaffe.
4th Class - Ms. Cusack.
5th Class - Ms. Maxwell.
6th Class - Mr. Mc Creanor.
Learning Support - Mrs. Keane.
Resource Teacher - Mr. Keane.
Resource Teacher - Mrs. Loughran.
Special Needs Assistant - Annamarie Brennan.
Special Needs Assistant - Angela Connolly.
Secretary - Mrs. Anne Woods.
Caretaker - Mr. Ronan Taaffe.
Cleaner - Mrs. Margaret Sheridan.

 

A Tribute to Master Bartle Woods (1937-2019)

Primary school teacher and Dunleer man Mr Bartle Woods was an extraordinary teacher with a passion for music who inspired generations of tin whistle players in Monastery NS. At the age of 80 in 2017, he was still teaching new generations of Ardee boys how to play the tin whistle! Principal Mr Jim McGee reckoned that Bartle was the longest serving teacher in Ireland and a record breaker! 

He started teaching in Monastery NS on September 1, 1978 with a class of 44 fifth class pupils. Bartle always had a unique sense of humour that endeared him greatly to pupils and staff alike. He brought a “child centred approach” to the classroom long before this concept was in vogue. He was appointed Deputy Principal in 1992 and also acting principal in 1993. In 2002 Bartle decided to officially retire at the tender age of 65! However that wasn’t the end of teaching for this energetic man.

Bartle continued his long standing practice of teaching traditional music to Monastery NS pupils. He tutored our boys in tin whistle and accompanied them on the fiddle at key school events such as Confirmation, Green Flag ceremonies, School Concerts and much more. Bartle passed away in November 2019 and is greatly missed by staff and pupils. His musical legacy continues today in Monastery NS.