Aoife Walker Reaches National Debating Final

The National Finals Day of the largest debating competition in the country, the Matheson National Junior Debating Competition, took place on Saturday March 21st in Blackrock College, where the top 90 speakers from an initial entry of 500 debated it out over who is Ireland's best. After four rounds of challenging motions, the top 8 were announced as progressing the All Ireland Grand Final - including the Coláiste's very own, Aoife Walker. This is a huge achievement for Aoife, who earlier this year was crowned Leinster champion. Huge congratulations must also go to Medb Brereton Hurley, Saoirse O'Donnell and Daniel Molloy, who all spoke exceptionally well in qualifying for the national finals' day.

Coláiste na hInse Bids Farewell to Máistir O'Leary

Coláiste na hInse bade farewell to Máistir Gerard O'Leary on Friday, March 13th. Máistir O'Leary worked in the Coláiste for three years, and on two occasions he worked as Acting Priomhoide in the school. Máistir O'Leary will be greatly missed, and everyone at Coláiste na hInse wishes him the best of luck as he works to establish a new school, Celbridge Community School, in Co. Kildare.

Máistir Gardiner will now assume the role of Acting Príomhoide within Coláiste na hInse for the remainder of the school year, with Inion Duffy ActingLeas Príomhoide.

Rang McCabe Present Cheque of €510 to Irish Cancer Society

Rang McCabe presented a cheque for €510 to Eimear Kellett of the Irish Cancer Society on Wednesday, March 10th. Rang McCabe had raised the huge sum of money with a bake sale and raffle in the Coláiste. Miss Kellett spoke to the students on the day, explaining the history of the Irish Cancer Society and the work that they do.

Well done to all involved in Rang McCabe on raising so much money for a worthy cause.

Seachtain na Gaeilge i CNI

Bhí seachtain na Gaeilge ar siúl sa choláiste ón 9ú à 13ú de Márta 2015. Seachtain iontach a bhí againn agus bhí réimse leathan imeachtaí ar siúil. Thosaigh seachtain na Gaeilge le Tráth na gCeist don 5ú Bliain agus chríochnaigh sé le lá glas sa choláiste.

Bhí céilí mór ar siúil Dé Deardaoin don chéad bhliain agus bhain na daltaí taitneamh as rince Íonsaí na hInse (siege of Ennis) agus An Dreolín. Thug Sean agus Maia Mortalo taispeantais damhsa dúinn an lá sin freisin. Bhí imeachtaí eile ar siúil le linn na ranganna Gaeilge chomh maith cosiúl le tóraíocht taisce CNI,bingó, comortas postaer agus cluichí. Beatha teanga í a labhairt.



Board of Management Elections This Week

Parents of Coláiste na hInse dáltaí can elect their representatives for the Board of Management this week. Ballot boxes are in the reception in the school, and voting takes place from Wednesday, March 18th to Friday, March 20th at 3pm. All parents are encouraged to vote.

Information on all candidates can be found below:


Female Candidates:

  • Linda Burke

My name in Linda Burke and I have 2 children in CNI 5th & 1st year. I would like to be considered for the parents rep role on the BOM as I believe it is important to participate and help support the school in whatever way we can. I am an active member of the current Parents Association of CNI. I believe it is important that parents are represented in BOM decisions. Best of luck to all.

  • Breda Daly

I have lived in Laytown since 1996. I am married with three daughters - all of whom have been educated in the area. In 2005 I was one of a group of parents who formed the Parents Association of Scoil an Spoiraid Naomh I was present the evening that Peter Kierans had a community meeting regarding the setting up of Colaiste na hInse and proud to say that my daughter was among the first students to attend same. Along with three others I was involved with choosing the uniform. I was then invited to join the parents association in Colaiste and have been there since!! I have also helped out in minor committee roles with our new Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa since 2007 where my youngest daughter attends.I am committed to supporting the education system and I feel as parents we have a duty to do so, particularly with the advances in technology and all the positives it brings. I am also committed to supporting the child in the school system as they are often so overwhelmed with the advances in social media and the issues that can also bring. I have taken "a leap of faith" with two new schools in the area and have supported Scoil an Spoiraid Naomh and look forward to continuing to support the education system in the greaterlaytown/bettystown/mornington area


  • Maria White:

Hi my name is Maria White ( formerly Kidd) . I am a 38 year old mother of two, my eldest is in 2nd year at the Colaiste. While I grew up in Cabra West, Dublin and am very proud of my roots, l have been an active member of the community of East Meath since moving here in 2003. I work in a local school as a primary school teacher and was a founding member of Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa, education is in my blood! Since my son's enrolment I have not had the time to serve on the parent's association as my sister and I shared the care of our mam who had MND. Should I be elected as parent's representative on the board of Colaiste I would consider it a huge honour as I truly believe parents are the primary educators of their children. I wish Linda and Breda the best of luck in the election, they are two great women.


Male Candidates


  • Sean O’Dwyer  

Sean has two children attending the Colaiste and has served several terms with the Colaiste parents association including two terms as chairperson. Sean also served several terms with the parents association at Scoil an Spoiread Naoimh. Sean has also represented parents of the Colaiste on the ad hoc 'road safety' committee to lobby Meath county council.

Sean has bachelor's and masters degrees in business and works in purchasing for DAA.


  • Dermot Scallon

Dr. Dermot Scallon has two children attending Coláiste na hInse, one in the Junior
Cycle and one in the Senior Cycle. Dermot has lived in Bettystown since 2000
and is the Editor of The Meath Coaster. Dermot served previously as a member of
the very first Board of Management of Coláiste na hInse while the school was
still in the Neptune Hotel.