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Jade English Language Programme

For students who wish to improve their English Language skills in a relaxed friendly atmosphere we offer tuition, accommodation and an interesting programme of cultural activities at our cottage in Ballycastle,

Co. Mayo on the West coast of Ireland. (Donmar Cottage)

We have been hosting language students for fourteen years and have found that a programme of total immersion is very beneficial to the student.

We especially welcome family groups. This facility enables the adult student to travel with his/her family or the child student to travel with

his/her parent(s). It is not necessary that all family members take tuition.

Our programme operates for the months of July and August and provides the student with ample opportunity to practice his/her spoken English.


We have a very full programme of interesting and varied activities available.

-   Traditional music sessions

-   Traditional Set Dancing

-   Visits to local places of cultural and historical interest 

-   Hill walking, Cycling, Swimming and Sea fishing.

-   Attending local sporting events.

-   Turf Saving

-   Traditional Baking

-   Pony Treking 


Tuition is provided by a TEFL tutor.


For further details please contact programme directors  Donal or Janet Hughes at 00353 0864005568 or e- mail 



Ballycastle National Schools

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Co-Ed. May 1992 to date
Girls NS 1938 - 1992

Present Teachers:


Mrs Patricia Newman, (Principal), Mrs Maureen Burke, Miss Breda Coyne,

Miss Marie Carey, Sr. Bridie Hoban (Resource Teacher).


The boys' school on the Glen road, built in 1892, was closed in 1970 and a prefabricated school for boys was erected behind the Church in the town. The girls' school was built in 1938. In 1977 the two schools amalgamated. Numbers increased and in 1983 an extra teacher was appointed and the following year an extra prefabricated building was added. This had to be replaced in 1987.

In 1981, at the request of the Board of Management, the Department decided to build a new school rather than repair and/or extend the old girls school which was found unsuitable. A 4-teacher school and G.P. room was sanctioned. The Board of Management decided to get the extra room built on at a cost of £25,000.

The building was completed in February 1992, consisting of 5 classrooms and a General Purpose room and costing in the region of £230,000, and was officially opened in May 1992.



Kiddies Korner Playschool

  Main Street, Ballycastle

  Telephone: 096 – 43407



•  Modern spacious facility (purpose built)
•  Fully equipped classroom
•  Safety surfaced outdoor play-area
•  Stimulating curriculum
        Qualified teachers   (NCVA Level 2)
•  Approved by Western Health Board
•  2 Sessions daily (Monday – Friday)


One of the major advantages of outside home childcare is the invaluable opportunity which your child will be gaining by interacting with other children.   As a child grows and matures, socialising with others of the same age group will be of increasing importance.   And, of course, in turn this makes the transition to Primary School education later on, a lot easier on children and parents alike.


This service is bound to and must comply with a strict regime of rules and regulations regarding each child's safety.   Pre-school sessions cater to meet all aspects of a child's individual development, incorporating both creative and academic focused activities including arts and crafts, table top activities, construction, music and movement and drama.   With sessions running Monday – Friday, this curriculum consists of all a child needs to mould and develop their personalities both academically and socially.


Please feel free to call in at any time and speak to Catherine Scott (Leader) or any member of staff.


Playschool Leader


St. Patrick's Education Centre


After the Stella Maris Secondary School/Convent closed in June 2000, the VEC bought the building with the intention to turn it into a Centre of Further Education. It is now called 'St. Patrick's Education Centre'.

The first course began in September 2001 - a computer based Business Studies and Tourism Course of one year duration for mature and post leaving certificate students. This course was well attended and was run again in 2002 and 2003. From September 2003 a second course - Art, Craft & Design - was on offer and this was also well attended.