St. Ailbe's NS
Message from the principal

Welcome to our website!

St Ailbe’s National School is located in Emly, Co Tipperary. It caters for boys and girls from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. We also have 3 special ASD classes. Our school is an all inclusive school where every child is valued and welcome.

We are involved in a range of extra curricular activities like sports, drama and music. St Ailbe’s National School has grown significantly in the last three years. We endeavour to foster a caring environment where all children’s strengths and talents are recognised and cultivated. 

Have  a look around our website to see our news and what our classes have been getting up to recently! 

Thank You,

Michelle O’Brien


Mission Statement and Ethos

St Ailbes National School is a Roman Catholic School (which is established in connection with the Minister) aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil: intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and other people.

The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Catholic school provides Religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils inthe Catholic Church.

St. Ailbe’s National School Emly is a Catholic Primary School under the Trusteeship and Patronage of the Archbishop of the Diocese of Cashel and Emly.

St Ailbe’s NS strives to provide a well-ordered, caring, happy and secure learning environment where the self-esteem of each child will be enhanced and the educational, spiritual, moral and cultural needs of each child are identified and developed.

While St Ailbe’s NS is a school with a Catholic ethos, it also gives due recognition to children of all other religious beliefs and none.

St Ailbe’s NS promotes excellence in teaching and learning and encourages all children to have respect for diversity, environmental awareness and appreciation of our community.

Staff 2023-2024

Principal: Mrs. Michelle O’Brien

Deputy Principal: Ms. Paula Hartigan

Junior Infants: Ms. Carol Moloney

Senior Infants; Ms. Emma Kelly

1st and 2nd: Ms. Andrea Lynch

3rd & 4th Class: Mr. Joseph Hennessy

5th & 6th class: Ms. Paula Haritgan

Special Class Teachers:

Réaltaí; Mr. Paddy O’Shea

Spraoi; Mrs. Helen Kennedy

Íontas; Mr. Diarmuid O’Halloran

SET: Miss A. Hurley, Miss L. Mullane, Ms. R. Guilfoyle

SNA: Helen Mc Auley, Maureen Ryan, Elaine Renahan, Jillian Heuston, Ann Marie Durcan, Jane Sheehan, Deirdre Ryan, Aisling O Connor, Caroline Renehan

School Secretary; Brigid Sheehy

School Caretaker: Noel O Brien

Board of Management

Mr. Pat Hennessy – Chairperson

Michelle O’Brien – Principal and Secretary

Paula Hartigan – Teacher’s Representative

Catherine Quish- Treasurer

David Byrne – Father’s Representative

Carol Breen – Mother’s Representative

Seamus Walsh – Community Representative

Fr. Bernie Maloney – Patron’s Nominee

School Uniform

Navy trousers, pinafore or navy skirt
Pale blue polo shirt
Navy cardigan or navy crew neck sweatshirt
Navy socks/tights
Black shoes

School tracksuit for PE days/ Training days;

Navy joggers

Navy jumper; school crests available to buy from the office at €5 each

Dark runners allowed with tracksuit


School Hours

Assembly: 8.45am

Start: 8.50am

Break: 10.30-10.40am

Lunch: 12.00-12.30pm

Infants Home-time: 1.30pm

General Home-time: 2.30pm