Kilchreest National School

School Policies

Kilchreest National School policies are created in conjuction with staff members, Board of management and are tailored to suit the needs of our school. Our policies are working documents which will change with the changing needs of our school. We will post further policies as the school continues to grow and develop. Please feel free to read our policies by choosing the link below:

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A copy of the school’s Admission Policy and the Application Form for Admission for the 2024-25 school year is available by clicking here.

Our Annual Admission Notice and School Enrolment Policy & Enrollment form can be viewed by clicking on the below links:

Annual Admission Notice

School Enrolment Policy

Enrollment form

Alternatively on request: By emailing or writing to : Kilchreest N.S. Kilchreest, Loughrea, Co. Galway.

Return to School Declarations

This form is to be used when children are returning to the setting/ school after any absence. Please click on the below link:

For KNS staff, please use the below link:


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  • About Kilchreest NS
  • School History
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Welcome to the Webpage of Kilchreest National School. Our primary School is situated between Gort and Loughrea in South Galway. There are 86 students, both boys and girls, between the ages of 4 and 13 in the school. We have 5 teachers in our school – Mr. O’ Connor, Ms. Keely, Ms. Cusack, Ms. Kelly, and Ms. Hayes. We have 4 mainstream class teachers and an SET. Our school principal is Mr. O’ Connor. Our school was opened on the first of January 1981. It was established to replace two existing two-teacher schools in Castledaly and Kilchreest.

Our uniform is navy and our school team colours are red and white. There is a strong tradition of sport in the school and the majority of children play hurling or camogie.

The philosophy of the school reflects the values of the community the school serves. The school is under the patronage of the Bishop of Galway, and as most of the children are Catholics, the ethos reflects the teaching of the Catholic Church in accordance with the values of the gospel.

Our parish is partly situated in the barony of Dunkellin but mostly in Loughrea. Isserkelly was also a parish called Pobal Mac Hubert. The Ardrahan parish east of Castledaly was also added to Kilchreest. Dr. Fahy assures us of these facts in his book. It is clear that Isserkelly and Killinan were once separate parishes within the diocese of Kilmacduagh.

At the start of the Great Famine Castledaly was still in the parish of Ardrahan. A lot of our parish is on the Slieve Aughty hills, which are behind our school. Today they are about 200 houses in Kilchreest. Kilchreest is of course part of the ancient diocese of Kilmacduagh east of the diocese of Clonfert.

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Teaching & Support Staff


Francis O’ Connor

Deirdre Keely

Niamh Cusack

Mary Kelly

Anne-Marie Hayes

Josephine Madden (SNA)

Assumpta Hession (SNA)

Christina Keely (School Secretary)



Teaching & Support Staff