Carrigeen Primary School  Carrigeen Co. Kilkenny via Waterford






Carrigeen gets its name from the Irish  " Little Rock"

Situated on a hillock it has a panoramic view of the Suir Valley with the Walsh Mountains in the distance.

From the school door five counties may be seen, viz:
Kilkenny, Wexford, Carlow, Tipperary and Waterford.

The school provides a full curriculum to children from four to twelve years of age.

Carrigeen Bringing you the best in Education

Updated Feb   2007


Carrigeen Primary School built in 1900 and celebrated Centenary in 2000

Carrigeen is a mixed school, catering for children from 4 to 12 years. Carrigeen celebrated its Centenary in Sept 2000.

Carrigeen Primary School is unique in its location in the heartland of the Suir Valley which first springs to life at the foot of the Devils Bit in Tipperary and empties into the sea at Waterford Harbour.

The school has a majestic view of the valley as it strides an outcrop of Old Red Sandstone. Tory Hill, Slieve na mBan and the Comeragh Mountains frame this wonderful setting.

Cromwell knew well the value of the land as he passed under the shadow of the Walsh Hills on his approach to Carrick-on-Suir from New Ross. He is reported to have said: "It is a land worth fighting for".

In 1966 the Boys' and Girls' Schools were amalgamated to form Carrigeen Boys' and Girls' School .

Carrigeen is the third school in this area of South Kilkenny. Clashroe and the present community hall adjoining the Churchyard were former schools. Prior to Clashroe a well known hedge school existed at a place known as "Portnascoile", or the "Field of the School".

Historic landmarks surround Carrigeen in the form Grannagh  and Corluddy Castle. Both bear testimony to our ancient past with Butler and Grant connections.

Adjacent to the river are two of Ireland's most ancient villages in the country, Licketstown and Glengrant, which date to Norman times.

Of the famed sons and daughters none come to mind more readily than the renowned sportsmen of hurling fame, the Doyles, Drug Walsh and Bob O'Keeffe first President of the GAA.
Among many others were Pádraig Puirseil, journalist with the now defunct "Irish Press"and his wife Mary Purcell.

Carrigeen's new building will be under way this summer. 

Telephone and Fax:

353 51 895423


Board of Management

Rev Fr.O'Gorman Chairperson

Eamonn O'Donovan Principal

Margaret Brennan

Eileen Gaynor

Pat O'Neill

Pat Cuddihy

Margaret  Kenny

Maura Fenton

Carrigeen School is under the Patron of the Catholic Bishop of Ossory.
A Catholic Ethos prevails throughout the school. However we live in a pluralist society and cater for other Religious denominations.
Sound basic moral values acceptable to all creeds are cherished and promoted.
Diversity of cultures is respected by Management, Staff and Parent Body


Carrigeen celebrated its Centenary in Sept 2000.




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