Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire

Hale Street, Ardee, Co. Louth, A92FR58, Tel: +353-41-6853152, Email:

Please scroll down to view all of our news items

Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire

Hale Street, Ardee, Co. Louth, A92FR58, Tel: +353-41-6853152, Email:

Please scroll down to view all of our news items
Principal's Co-Education Message - 29th September

Dear Parents,

We are delighted to announce that we will be accepting applications from parents of boys and girls for admission to our Junior Infants class of 2022. This is a very exciting and positive move for our school as we work towards becoming a fully co-educational school by September 2029. Please click here for more information in our Enrolment Section.

You are very welcome to get in contact on 041 6853152 if you have any questions.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,
Mrs Sweeney

Video Promo - Welcome to our School
6th Class Graduation Ceremony 2021
6th Class Graduation 2021
Principal's Message 11th March

Dear Parents,

We are all set to welcome pupils in 3rd to 6th Classes back to school on Monday 15th March.
Please see the attached information (click on the links below).

  • Masks must be worn by adults on/near our school grounds. It is our view that the wearing of masks by pupils in 3rd to 6th classes would help to reduce the risk of infection and provide an extra layer of defence against Covid-19. Therefore, your child may wear a mask if you so wish.
  • A Back to School Declaration must be completed on the Aladdin App prior to your child’s return to school on Monday – this will be available on the app from 3pm this Sunday.
  • Message for the girls in 3rd – 6th Classes: We can’t wait to roll out the red carpet and welcome you all back to school next Monday – the school has been very quiet without you!

Finally, well done to both parents and pupils on surviving school at home and of course a very big thank you to our teachers for all their hard work too.

Mrs Sweeney,

Click the links below to download the following:

Principal's Message 26th February

Dear Parents,

We are all set for re-opening on Monday 1st March for classes from Junior Infants to 2nd Class. All going well, the remaining classes will return on Monday 15th March.

Please see the information for parents of Junior Infants to 2nd classes (click on the links below). Online learning will continue for the senior classes for the next fortnight and further information will issue to those parents closer to the return to school date. Please note:

  • Masks must be worn by adults on/near our school grounds.
  • Infants and the accompanying adult should not enter the school grounds until 9.30-9.35am each day. Other pupils should enter from 9.10-9.25am.
  • A Back to School Declaration must be completed on the Aladdin App prior to your child’s return to school on Monday – this will be available on the app from 3pm on 28th February for the relevant classes.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing our junior classes on Monday morning.

Mrs Sweeney,

Click the links below to download the following:

It's Enrolment Time - New Junior Infants Admissions 2021

The Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire would like to inform parents that applications for enrolment will be accepted from 22nd February to 12th March 2021.

Many parents have already applied for enrolment for their daughter and we will confirm all applications by 26th March. We encourage you to spread the news about our enrolment period and we also encourage any parent who is undecided about enrolment to get in contact as soon as possible and we can advise you.


How to apply for Enrolment:

Please click on the link to the Application Form below. Please complete this form and post or email it to the school together with a copy of your child’s birth certificate. Alternatively, you can email for a copy and we will post the form to you. Applications should be returned by 12th March.

You will receive a response from the school by 26th March 2021 notifying you whether your child has been offered a place. If your child is offered a place, you will be required to return all required documentation to secure that offer on or before 12th April 2021.

If you require any further information you are very welcome to contact the Principal, Mrs Sweeney at

Please see our Admission Notice and Admission Policy for details of the important dates regarding enrolment for Junior Infants for the school year 2021/2022.

Document Downloads

Principal's Message 7th January

Happy New Year to all and I hope you and your family are keeping safe and well. As you know schools will remain closed until the 1st of February. Teaching and learning will continue from Monday 11th on Seesaw (Infants to 3rd classes) and on Google Classroom (4th – 6th Classes). We’ve done this before – so we can do it again! As always, encourage your child to participate as best she can and try to establish a routine from next week. Please do not let school work become a source of stress in your home – just do your best.

You can collect your child’s books from school on Monday 11th – click here to see information detailing the specific times and pick-up points. We are doing this is in a staggered manner to reduce the numbers of staff and parents on site at any one time.

All important messages and updates in the coming weeks will be via the Aladdin Connect App so please check in there regularly. If you have any queries you are welcome to contact me on

In the meantime, stay safe.
Mrs Sweeney, Principal

Book Collection Day 11th Jan – Information for Parents

Christmas at Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire - Enjoy. (Watch out for the cracking jokes!!!!)
Christmas 2020 Newsletter

Click here to download a copy of our Christmas 2020 Newsletter

Halloween Spook-Tacular 2020
October 2020 Newsletter

Click here to download a copy of our October 2020 Newsletter

Should I Send My Child to School Today?

If you are unsure about sending your child to school please read the information below. If in any doubt about your child’s health we ask you to err on the side of caution, observe your child’s symptoms at home for 48 hours and seek advice from your GP. Please click on the links below for information.

Thank you,
Mrs Sweeney & staff

Some Useful Information:

Principal's Message - 21st August

As the summer holidays draw to a close I want to share some essential information and guidance with you about returning to school on 27th August. Please take the time to read the documents below and to become familiar with our new procedures. Please take special note of the new start time and home-time for your child’s class. The staff of Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire is really looking forward to seeing all our pupils and our new Junior Infants next week. Together we will make the return to school a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Mrs Sweeney, Principal

Return to School & Covid Information

Click on any of the links below to view our documentation on Returning to School and our Covid-19 Policy & Plan:

  1. Return to School Plan – Guidance for Parents
  2. Return to School – Tips for our Pupils
  3. Our Covid-19 Policy Statement
  4. Our Covid-19 Response Plan  
Class of 2020
Message from Mrs Sweeney - 24th June

We wish everyone a safe and happy summer holiday. Best of luck to 6th class as they move on to Secondary School. Please scroll down for our latest news including our June Newsletter, our 6th Class Graduation Video, our Discovery Primary Science & Maths Logbook 2020 and our Junior Infants’ Information 2020. Keep an eye on our website for our Back to School Information later in the summer. We look forward to seeing all our pupils and new infants in late August.

Best wishes from Mrs Sweeney and staff

June 2020 Newsletter

The June 2020 Newsletter is available on our website now. Click here to view the newsletter.

6th Class Graduation - 2020
Prayer for our 6th Class Graduates
Discover Primary Science and Maths STEM Logbook for 2020

The Discover Primary Science and Maths STEM Logbook for 2020 is available on our website now. Click here to view the logbook.

Message from Mrs Sweeney - 19th June

We’re nearly there! Next week is our last week of school – we get our summer holidays on 25th June. Well done everybody on all your great work, you’ve been amazing. In the Parents’ Section of our website you will find your child’s booklist for next year and our provisional school calendar. The school reports and booklists were posted to all families this week. Please follow the links below for Mrs Sweeney’s letter and for details of our 6th Class Graduation. Teachers have prepared fun activities for the last week of school with virtual school tours all over the world, Sports Day events and much more – enjoy! Pupils’ work on Seesaw is fantastic and teachers really appreciate all their work, voice messages and videos so well done girls! Next week we will post our final messages before the holidays including our school newsletter and end of year video so make sure to check in!

Best wishes from Mrs Sweeney and staff

Welcome Pack for new Junior Infants 2020
Principal's Letter - 19th June
6th Class Graduation 2020
June 2020 Photo Gallery

Message from Mrs. Sweeney
Message from Mrs Sweeney 5th June 2020Dear parents and pupils,Once again you will find the home learning activities for next week in the lists below. Teachers have included lessons on road, farm and water safety – people are on the move a bit more so please take extra care if you are out and about.We are waiting on guidance from the Department of Education & Skills on the re-opening of schools and we will keep you informed when we know more. Meanwhile, we are busy working on school reports, booklists, staffing and all the other planning needed for September. Please keep up the good work at home – your support is so valuable and is much appreciated.Best wishes,Mrs Sweeney & Staff
Message from Mrs. Sweeney - 29th May 2020

Dear Parents and Pupils,

We’re starting into the last few weeks of school – the weather is glorious, but we hope the girls will keep up their home learning right up to summer holidays on 25th June. We are so impressed with the work the girls upload on Seesaw – well done girls, you’re the best! Your teachers are still working really hard and they love to see you working too. For June, we’ll have “Feel Good Friday” every week. On Fridays, girls can catch up on unfinished work, take a break from the “screens” and choose some fun ideas from the grid (see below) or from teacher’s list on Seesaw. Have a look at this month’s Photo Gallery – your great work is shining through!

Best wishes from Mrs Sweeney & Staff

Shine your Way - Picture Gallery May 2020


Message from Mrs. Sweeney

Message from Mrs Sweeney 22nd May 2020

We are facing into the last week in May – where has the time gone? Today we would like you to take note of the following important messages:

  • As per our School Calendar there is no school on Friday 29th May or on Monday 1st June so there will be no home learning activities assigned for those days. We hope that will give everyone a little break from all the hard work to date.
  • From next week, teachers will no longer email learning activities to pupils. Instead, the activities can be accessed on Seesaw or on our website. Teachers will continue to give feedback via Seesaw, and it is important that pupils engage with the Seesaw work as much as possible.
  • We have a very important message about collecting your child’s books and belongings next Tuesday morning – please click here for details:  Collecting Your Child’s Books
  • Finally, we are thinking of all the children and families in the parish who should be celebrating their Confirmation this weekend. Ms McKenna has prepared a lovely PowerPoint message for the girls – scroll down and have a look.

Kind regards,
Mrs Sweeney and staff

Powerpoint Presentation for Confirmation Class


Message from Mrs. Sweeney

Message from Mrs Sweeney 15th May

Nine weeks have passed since school closed and, in that time, life has changed considerably for you, your family and for the entire country. Well done on adapting and rising to the challenges of learning from home. The photo gallery below shows the very “rounded” learning that is happening – well done. We’ve enjoyed looking at all your lovely work and activities; sorry I didn’t use all your photos this week but keep an eye out in the weeks ahead! Keep up the good work on Seesaw – you will also find a summary of teachers’ suggested learning activities for next week by following the links below.

Stay safe and well,

Mrs Sweeney and Staff

Smiling Through It All


Message from Mrs. Sweeney

8th May 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you know, primary schools will not open until September. We were preparing for that eventuality but when it became a reality last Friday we were saddened and also very aware of how our pupils must feel knowing they won’t get to finish their year with their teachers and friends.
Ní bhíonn in aon rud ach seal – Nothing lasts forever, so all teachers and staff are looking forward to getting back to our classrooms and are busy making plans for the new school year, working on class allocations, booklists, school reports and much more. If you have not emailed me using your personal email address, please do so as soon as possible at as your daughter’s booklist and school report will be emailed to you in the coming weeks. (Please don’t assume that we have your email address.)

You will find the suggested Home Learning Activities for each class for the week of 11-15 May by clicking on the links below. There are seven weeks left in the school year so it’s important that pupils try to keep up their good home learning work. Pupils made a great start this week with the Seesaw online learning platform, well done girls. Please help your child log in to her Seesaw account where she will find very interactive activities – it’s important that your child gets used to using Seesaw where she can also enjoy feedback from her teacher, making her home learning even more worthwhile. Seesaw is new to everyone, it’s early days so we’re taking it step by step to allow you and your child get used to the various features of the platform. We know many families are under pressure to find time for schoolwork on top of their own work and family commitments – we cannot emphasise enough that these are suggested learning activities so don’t get stressed if you cannot do it all.

Renewed thanks for your amazing support, we really appreciate it.

Kind regards,

Mrs Sweeney & Staff


Website Updates for Week of Tuesday 5th- Friday 8th May – What’s New?

Our website has some new updates: Our Newsletter No.5, our updated Home Learning Activities  from all teachers and a lovely PowerPoint tribute for the pupils in Second Classes from their teachers Mrs O’Malley and Ms Clinton. Scroll down and have a look – we’re sure you’ll be charmed!

Enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend – from Mrs Sweeney & Staff


Powerpoint Tribute for 2nd Class


Message from Mrs. Sweeney

24th April 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Once again, our teachers have worked hard to prepare suggested Learning Activities to support your daughter’s home learning for next week, 27th April – 1st May, and you can find all the activities by following the links below.

I want to say a heartfelt thanks to our staff for keeping in contact with you and your child by email and for all their work both online and behind the scenes at this time. Our school doors may be shut but we are still available to help in any way we can, so if you have any questions please email us.

We are very grateful for all the lovely messages of thanks, feedback and support received to date from parents and pupils – thank you for your kindness. We also want to acknowledge the great efforts being made by families to complete schoolwork and in supporting children’s wellbeing – well done.

We are now ready to move on to a new, very child-friendly, online learning platform called Seesaw, which our staff has explored in recent weeks. We are very confident that the children (and parents!) will take to this like “ducks to water” so to speak, so don’t worry, we will be with you to guide you along every step of the way. All details will be emailed to you in the coming days, so if you haven’t sent me your personal email address yet please email me at Likewise, if you still have to set up your child’s new Gmail address please click here and follow the Gmail Setup Instructions. We will maintain our email communication and website content for the next few weeks also.

Next week is National Active School Week and it’s normally a very enjoyable part of the school year for children. We have been working on our Active School Flag renewal and as we are keen to keep up that good work, we are inviting our pupils to participate in the “Active HOME Week” challenge instead – please click here for more information. Remember our school’s Active Slogan – Be Wise, Exercise!

As we approach the month of May we think especially of our pupils in 2nd Class who were due to celebrate their First Holy Communion on 2nd May. Their teachers Mrs O’Malley and Ms Clinton, and all our staff are thinking of the girls, and whilst the girls may be disappointed we know that a new date will be set, new plans will be made and in due course we will get to celebrate and enjoy this wonderful occasion.

Tabhair aire, fanaigí slán agus sona.

Take care, stay safe and well,

Mrs Sweeney

Older Information


Fáilte Romhaibh

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our school website which I hope gives you the essential school information you seek as well as an insight into the happy, vibrant and productive life of Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire. In our school you will find happy children supported by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic staff. It is with immense pride that I carry out my duties as Principal and I am always extremely grateful for the hard work and support of our parents, pupils, staff, Board of Management and Parents’ Association and the wider community who make Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire the unique and welcoming school that it is. Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire has been serving the town of Ardee since 1956 and our dedicated staff and Board of Management continuously work to build on our excellent reputation and caring ethos. Our website will give you a flavour of the many activities we undertake to develop the intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and emotional well-being of our pupils.
Bainigí taitneamh as.
Deirdre Sweeney

Active Schools

The Active School Flag was launched by the Department of Education in May 2009 and is organised through Mayo Education Centre. The aim of this initiative is to recognise schools throughout the country that strive to achieve a physically active and physically educated school community…. Read More

Parents' Association

Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire has an active and vibrant Parents’ Association. The Parents’ Association is the structure through which parents in our school can work together for the best possible education for their children. Our Parents’ Association works in partnership with … Read More

Our History

The motto on the Ardee Crest reads – Ná bris sith, ná bris cairdis – Don’t break peace, Don’t break friendship. Ardee gets its name from the Irish Áth Fhirida, the Ford of Ferdia, where the legendary hero Cúchulainn defeated his friend Ferdia on the banks of the River Dee….  Read More

Our School

Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire operates under the rules for National Schools and Department of Education Circulars. It is funded by grants provided by the Department of Education and Science (DES). We follow the curricular programmes laid down by the DES.