Sports Day 2019

The Frogs retain their title on a day where 2 new flags were raised outside the school.

2019 saw another action packed Sports Day play out in Herbertstown and great fun was had by all in lovely weather.

Congratulations to Ms Davis and her committee on securing the Health Promoting Schools flag following months of hard work.

Herbertstown NS was celebrating on the double with the raising of the new GAA 5 Star Centre Flag. Our school is one of the first in the county to be awarded this flag and huge credit is due to the hard work of the pupils over the course of the year working on their GAA skills and taking part in games and after school training. Limerick hurler Paddy O’Loughlin was on hand to raise the flag.

Our Pádraig Pearse Cup and Ned Daly Shield finals were played as per tradition and congratulations to Limerick and Dublin, the victorious teams. Well done to all who took part and produced some high quality football.

Congratulations are also due to Argentina who captured the coveted World Cup trophy following a gripping final that went all the way to penalties!

Pat O’Dea was on hand earlier in the day with his dance performances which showcased all the great preparation the pupils had been doing in the previous couple of months.

As usual, the school sports day was awash with colour as our teams did their best to pick up those all important ‘Team Spirit’ points. The races were a source of super excitement with some thrilling finishes! At the end of proceedings Mr Gubbins totted up all the results and it was The Frogs who were champions again! Well done to everyone that took part and made it such an enjoyable day!

Harry Greensmyth Cup

Herbertstown NS were the inaugural winners of the Harry Greensmyth cup today.

The cup is awarded to the winners of the Roinn A South Cumann na mBunscol 3rd and 4th class blitz which was played this year for the first time.

Knockainey NS, Ballylanders NS, Kilfinane NS, Galbally NS and Herbertstown NS participated in the  competition which was played in Martinstown.

Near neighbours Knockainey NS and Herbertstown NS met in the final which was keenly contested with Herbertstown emerging as winners.

Christina Greensmyth, wife of the late Harry, presented the cup to the Herbertstown captain. Harry’s name was synonymous with GAA in South Limerick and beyond and it is fitting that he is honoured for his service to our national games.

Analog Devices Ireland 6+ STEM Initiative

Thanks to Shane, Dave and Brian from Analog Devices who visited the school last week to showcase STEM and engineering for the boys and girls in third class!

Shane, David and Brian from Analog Devices came in to see us. First they showed us what STEM stands for. Then after he said that we have to catch Jinx and Knucklehead. He told us that we have to do challenges to catch them. One of our challenges was to ring a doorbell to get Knucklehead out of the house. We got to use circuits, fans, light bulbs and batteries.I really enjoyed Tuesday a lot. Liam

Yesterday we met three men called Shane, Dave and Brian. We got into 5 groups of 4 and they gave us a set of challenges to do and a booklet. In the booklet we had to read a story about 4 superheroes and the villains Jinx and Knucklehead. Jinx was trying to destroy the energy planet. So we started to do the challenges. There were 4 challenges and a board game. At the end we all got certificates and stickers. Shane gave us a poster and colouring sheets. It was so much fun! One of challenges was we had to put had to put lots of pieces together and we had to turn a switch and it a doorbell sound. Molly  

Star Awards – May

Congratulations to our Star Award winners for May! Mrs Murphy, Ms Davis, Mr Gubbins and Mr Fitzgerald selected a winner from their classrooms and the award winners were presented with certificates at today’s assembly.

In a new departure, the entire sixth class were awarded Star Awards by Mrs Heelan at what was their last school assembly in Herbertstown NS.

An extra award, decided on by Ms O’Dwyer and Mrs. Brosnan, is presented to pupils for a particular act of kindness or to pupils who have completed an exemplary piece of work in school. Well done to the latest recipient of this award.

Anthony Baggott Cup 2019

The Anthony Baggott Cup has returned to Herbertstown following a two year absence!

The 2019 Anthony Baggott Cup took place on Thursday June 13th in Anthony Baggott Park in Herbertstown.

As has been the case for the last few years, our neighbouring schools, Hospital NS, Knockainey NS and Caherline NS joined Herbertstown NS to make up the 4 team competition.

This year’s tournament could easily have been the most competitive yet with 4 very evenly matched teams facing off against each other. Round one saw Herbertstown defeat Knockainey while Hospital defeated the 2017 and 2018 winners Caherline.

Round two pitched the South Roinn A finalists against each other once more as Herbertstown edged a very close battle with Hospital. At the same time, Knockainey picked up their first win of the day against Caherline.

Round three saw Herbertstown, who had already secured passage to the final, suffer a defeat to Caherline. In what was effectively a semi-final, Knockainey clinched the all important victory over Hospital.

Before the final , Herbertstown and Knockainey marched behind piper Kathleen Fitzgerald of the Liam Lynch Pipe Band and following Amhrán na bhFiann action got under way.

In what is becoming a habit of our hurlers, an early goal settled nerves and Herbertstown maintained a narrow lead into the half time break. A blitz of goals in the second half saw the boys in maroon celebrate victory on home soil for the first time since 2016.

Eileen Baggott presented the Anthony Baggott Cup to the Herbertstown captain after the game.


Some excellent photos taken by Seamus McGelligott, Sport Action Photography

Infant match at half time during final

Hurlers celebrated at school assembly on Friday!