Christmas Jumper Day 2018

It was wonderful to see such fun at school on Friday 21st December as children were allowed to take a break from uniform and wear their Christmas jumpers all for a good cause. Meet our classes from junior infants to sixth class who were all buzzing with excitement as the term drew to an end. Happy Christmas to everyone.


Children from St. Joseph’s NS raise over €420 for St. Vincent De Paul

21st December 2018 – Christmas is a time for giving and children from St. Joseph’s NS were very generous.   Second and third class made mini hats and sold them to the other classes raising €215. Well done to Ms. O’Connell and all her students. Children also brought €2 each to school for Christmas jumper day and raised €205. In total the school raised over €420 and donated large food hampers to St. Vincent De Paul. Brigid Farrell and Shiela Kennedy were delighted to receive the donations from children in the school. Congratulations to everyone involved.

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Star Students

7th December 2018 – Star students for this week are Colm Lesson, Sean Bowes, Cameron Foley, Kelsey Walsh, Lee Corcoran, Arron Byrne, Cassie Daly, Lillian Keating, Michael Davis and Sophie King. Well done everyone. Keep up the good work.


20181207_105918Congratulations to Cassie Daly who won the book voucher sponsored by the Parents Association.

Break for the Border Fundraiser raises €8’000 for St Joseph’s NS

20181207_104442The annual Break for the Border was a huge success as over 400 people turned out for race. Participants of all ages ran, walked, jogged from Hacketstown towards Tinahely breaking the Carlow Wicklow border. Over 50 volunteers from Hacketstown helped on the day and they were amazing and over 40 local businesses sponsored the event, including O’Reilly’s Londis who also provided the much need refreshments.

The event was well attended by running clubs from across Carlow and Wicklow, with Carlow coming out on top as winners. Larry Murphy, Tinryland AC won the men’s 10km, Aisling Kirwin won the women’s 10km, Colin Payne, Tinryland AC won the men’s 5km and Grace Reilly from Portlaoise AC won the women’s 5km.

The morning of the race was a hive of activity as music blared the streets welcoming everyone to the event. Upon completion of the race, participants received an exclusive Break for the Border medal and were treated to a feast of home baked goods and hot cup of tea before heading home. The atmosphere and the weather was great providing a super opportunity for everyone to hang around and enjoy their achievement.

St Joseph’s NS Principal, Doireann Hester comments, “The wonderful spirit and care that members of the wider community have for the children of Hacketstown was hugely evident over the past number of weeks in the organisation of this event. Every sponsor contributed to this and is part of the education of the next generation of young people. The funds raised by this event will contribute to the upkeep of the school over the coming year and will hopefully enrich the experience of the children who are students here. We were delighted with the huge turn out.  The day was a great success and was enjoyed by all.”

Next year’s Break for the Border will take place on Sunday 22nd September. Save the date!

Meet our star students

Congratulations to last weeks winners of the Good Citizens and Good Workers of the Week. Back Row: L-R Abbie Whelan, William Whelan, Ross Doyle, Jessica Doyle. Front Row: L-R William Myers, Killian Leeson, Colm Leeson, Amelia Wybrant, Ava Kelly.


Winner of the book voucher donated by the Parents Association was Killian Leeson. Congratulations Killian.


Success for St Josephs at Primary School Cross Country Races

Wednesday, 26th September, a record number of students from our school took part in the Primary School Cross Country races in Carlow Hurling Club grounds. Thirty three students from 4th to 6th class left the school on a cloudy but dry morning to take part. Some were cross country veterans but for some it was the first time they had ever taken part in a running event and they did us proud. All of the children represented St Joseph’s with great dignity.

Many of the children placed higher than last year and some even came in the top twenty. Aoibh Johnson (4th class) came 4th in her race. Katie Myers (4th class) was hot on her heels, coming in 6th place. Lucy Myers (5th class) was an astounding 2nd and Kate Ryan, 6th class, stormed in in 9th place. Amazing results ladies!

Our 4th class girl’s team came third overall beating off stiff competition. Team members Aoibh Johnson, Katie Myers, Lillian Keating and Katie Cahill were delighted to be presented with their medals by silver world medalist, Molly Scott.

All runners are a credit to the school. Well done to everyone who took part!


World athletics champion, Molly Scott, visits St. Joseph’s NS, to launch the 2018 Break for the Border 10km & 5km Race

Yes we are back and if possible, bigger and better!  World Athletics Champion, Molly Scott, launched the 3rd Annual Break for the Border – Carlow to Wicklow 10km & 5km race. This year’s race takes place 23rd September at 12.00 noon.

Molly Scott, one of Irelands finest young athletes is delighted once again to join the Break for the Border team as the race starts in her locality and she spent her early years running with Hacketstown Athletics Club. Molly has recently returned from the IAAF U20 World Championships, Finland, with a World Silver Medal.  She ran the first leg of the Irish women’s 4x100m relay team, and also competed at the 100m hurdles at this event where she made the semifinals. Pupils were delighted to meet Molly and speak to her about how she keeps fit and healthy.

St Joseph’s NS Principal, Doireann Hester comments, “We are thrilled with the response that we have had to our annual “Break for the Border” race this year. The local community, as always, has shown huge support for their local school in organising, volunteering, sponsoring and going to take part in the race. We welcome all runners, walkers and crawlers to Hacketstown on the 23rd of September and promise a great race and of course homemade refreshments afterwards.”

Organisers guarantee a professional timed and chipped event including supervised car park, bag drop, pre warm-up, water/refreshment stations, music throughout the race, all the homemade sandwiches and buns you can eat, a warm welcome and most importantly bling.  Pacers will help and support runners throughout the race. Customised Break for the Border medals will be presented to all participants across the line.  Check out our Facebook page “Break for the Border – Carlow to Wicklow 10km & 5km” to see the medals and the find out more about the race.   All funds raised from the event will go towards equipment for over 140 local children attending the school.
We will also be joined by members of Adrenaline Running Club, Tinahely Tri Club, St Laurence O’Tooles Athletics Club, Clonmore GAA, Rathvilly GAA, Knockananna GAA, Tullow Athletics & GAA, Baltinglass Fitness, Hacketstown Athletics and many more on September 23rd.

The race has created an amazing atmosphere amongst local business with over 30 companies from Hacketstown and the surrounding areas sponsoring the event – most of them agreeing to come along and take part in the race which will cater for professional runners, joggers, walkers and buggy pushers. Companies taking part include:

  • O’Reilly’s Petrol Station
  • Jo Browne
  • Butlers Organic Eggs
  • R Cullen Landscaping
  • Damien Cullen Agri Contractor
  • Paul Connolly Electrical
  • John Connolly Electrical
  • SuperValu
  • Bolands Bar
  • The Corner
  • Glanmore Foods
  • CJ Fallon
  • Steel & Spares
  • Ellis Well Drilling
  • Vestec
  • Donlan Motors
  • Moorhead Motors
  • Jim Connolly Motors
  • Kavanaghs Garage
  • Smith Groundworks & Civil Engineering Ltd.
  • Clonmore GAA
  • Hacketstown Community Games
  • Liffey Meats
  • Hair Affairs
  • Arthur Kennedy Chemist
  • Myers Transport
  • PJ Townsend Transport
  • R Whelan Agri Contractor
  • Woodside Garden Products
  • Monastill Engineering & Automation
  • Apple Tree Pre-School
  • Jackie’s Florist
  • Dunne Construction Ltd
  • Mick Smith Haulage & Sons Ltd
  • Lamberts Hardware

This is St. Joseph’s NS largest fundraiser and all profits raised will go towards support and equipment for the pupils in the school. We ask that all parents get involved and come out and support your school.
Pic– Molly Scott, World Athletics Champion pictured with St. Joseph’s NS pupil and Irish Athletics Champion (Gold U8 80m all Ireland final) William Myres and St. Jospeh’s NS Principal, Doireann Hester at the launch of the annual Break for the Border Carlow to Wicklow 10km & 5km race.


Award Winners at St. Joseph’s NS

Congratulations to last weeks winners of the Good Citizens and Good Workers of the Week. L-R Anna Kearney; Jack Kane; Ruby Doyle; Jack Lyons; Jessica Doyle; Peter Kavanagh; Cian Weeks; Aaron Byrne; Lee Doyle and Luke Kelly.


Winner of the book voucher donated by the Parents Association was Ruby Doyle. Congratulations Ruby.


Good Citizen & Work of the Week Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the good citizen and workers of the week for the past two weeks. These awards are a great way to encourage children to work to the best of their ability and help others while at school.  Well done everyone.stjosephs-ns-group

L-R: Samantha Dunne; Conor Byrne; Leah Byrne; Cody Bowes
L-R: Ava Kelly; Cian Byrne; Amberleigh Fox; Jake Mooney
Front: Ashton Daly and Emily Joyce


Congratulations to Jake Mooney winner of the book token sponsored by the parents association.


L-R: Tomas Joyce; Dani Furlong; Gary O’Toole; Harry Doyle; Harry Altree; John McKernan; Bobby Cullen (Aaron kelly absent from photo)
Front: Rory Cullen and Alexander Byrne


Winner of the book voucher Dani Furlong. Well done Dani.