Cycle Sense

The children were busy practicing their cycling skills with Cycle Sense this week. The children learned about

  • The theory of on-road cycling
  • Positioning and observation
  • Use of gears, braking, cycling one-handed / signalling and looking behind
  • Cycling on busier roads
  • Road positioning and signalling at junctions

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The theme for this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Dunmanway was Irish Folklore. Our inspiration for this year’s parade was an Táin Bó Cúailnge also known as The Táin or The Cattle Raid of Cooley. The Táin is an epic from Irish mythology which tells of a war against Ulster by Queen Medb of Connacht and her husband King Ailill who want to steal The Brown Bull of Cooley from Ulster. We imagined the warriors of Ulster and their Druid gathering to defend The Brown Bull from the army of Connacht. The children were soon busy with the cardboard, paper mache and paint needed to create our props. Many thanks to the parents who sent in pictures and footage of the parade.

Cycle Sense

The children in Togher N.S. have been developing their cycling skills with Cycle Sense this week. Cycle Sense will be working with the children one day a week over six weeks. Cycle Sense aim to

  • Deliver best-practice cycle training.
  • Provide participants with the skills needed to move as cyclists in complex, changing, road environments.
  • Train participants to apply dynamic thinking, assessing conditions and the environment on the road as they go through their journey

The children are learning to :

  • Use of gears, braking, cycling one-handed / signalling and looking behind
  • Junctions and blind bends
  • Roundabouts
  • Using cycle facilities on and off road
  • Cycling safety with children


Everyone in the school was treated to pancakes this week. We had various toppings such as chocolate, lemons, lime, blueberries and strawberries. Thanks to Lisa for all her help. They were delicious!

St. Brigid’s Day

Imbolc or Imbolg also known as Saint Brigid’s Day is a Gaelic traditional festival. It marks the beginning of spring, and is the feast day of Saint Brigid, Ireland’s patroness saint. It is held on 1 February, which is about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Imbolc is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with: Bealtaine, Lughnasadh and Samhain. The customs of St Brigid’s Day include weaving St. Brigid’s crosses. We were delighted to keep this custom alive and the children enjoyed creating these beautiful St. Brigid’s Day crosses today.