Scoil Aireagail

Mission Statement

Scoil Aireagail is committed to the educational welfare of its entire community. This includes staff, students, parents and the wider population we serve. We will respect and support the needs of staff and so enable them to carry out their duties efficiently and effectively. We will provide a holistic education in which each student is valued and their individual needs are recognised and catered for. We will provide a structured, caring environment enabling each student to reach their full potential and enter society as a responsible adult.


Scoil Aireagail was officially opened by Michael Martin in October, 1999. Formerly the school had been known as Ballyhale Vocational School, which had been opened as an education centre in 1959.


Facilities in the school include Science Laboratory, Demonstration Room, 2 Computer Rooms, Technical Graphics Room, Wood Technology and Construction Studies Room, Metalwork and Engineering Room, Art and Craft Room, Home Economics Room, General Purpose Rooms, Guidance Suite, Support Education Area and Gymnasium.

Outdoor facilities include 2 Basketball Courts, 2 Tennis Courts, 5-a-side Soccer Area. We also have the use of 3 full size playing pitches for G.A.A. and Soccer.

Other Facilities

Canteen. Hot and cold food is available to all students at 11.00 a.m. and lunchtime. All food served is healthy food at reasonable prices.

The school provides teacher supervised after school study from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday inclusive.

Extra Curricular Activities

We encourage our students to participate in a wide range of activities from aerobics to water sport (kayaking). Students participate in public speaking and debating, last year reaching the national semi-final in one competition and the national final in another. We have been successful in the Europe at Schools Day Competition in Art and Essay Writing over the last fifteen years. Students are encouraged to be involved in History and Archaeological Projects. Creative Writing is supported by the involvement of a Writer in Residence at the school.

Curriculum Offered

Courses Offered Subject
Junior Certificate The following subjects are available at Junior Cycle:
English, Irish, History, Geography, Mathematics, French, Business Studies
Science, C.S.P.E, S.P.H.E, Religion, Computers, Physical EducationIn addition, students select from one of the following:
Material Technology, Art, Music
Student also select from one of the following three options:
Technical Graphics, Home Economics, Metalwork
Transition Year Between Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate we run a Transition Year Programme. The objective of this year is to promote the personal, educational social and vocational development of students.A selection of the topics covered are:
G.A.A. Junior Referees Course, CV Preparation, Performance Workshops, Preparation for Work, Enviornmental Awareness, Relationships, Social Awareness and Life Skills, Educational Visits, Drink and Drug Awareness, Computer Studies, Justic and Peace Programme, Public Speaking, Soccer & Basketball Coaching, Career Guidance, Mentalwork, and elements of the Leaving Certificate Programme.
Approximately, 1/3 of the programme is preparation for the Leaving Certificate.
Senior Cycle The following subjects are available at Junior Cycle:English, Irish, History, Geography, Mathematics, French, Accounting, Business, Art, Construction Studies, Technical Graphics, Biology, Chemistry, Home Economics.
All of the above subjects can be taken at Higher and Ordinary level.
Adult Evening Courses Evening classes are provided each term in a variety of subjects. In recent years classes in Computers – Beginners and Advanced; Internet and Email – Surfing the Net; Creative Metalwork; Workwork; Aerobics; Public Speaking; and Creative Writing have proven very popular.

Contact Details

Scoil Aireagail,
Co. Kilkenny.
Tel: 056 7768632
: 056 7768032


Name Position
Mr. Liam O'Brien Principal
Mr. Joe Hagan Deputy Principal
Téigh ar ais