Thanks so much to Andrew and Martina Healy of SuperValu for donating scrumptious pizzas to us today along with bottles of water.

Everybody loved this wonderful surprise. Thanks to Maura O Connell for delivering them.

Summer Stars 2021

Summer Stars 2021 has launched in Cork County Council Library and Arts Service.  Call to Dunmanway Library or any branch to get a reading card and record the books that you read during your Summer holidays. Everyone is invited to join the adventure and explore the fun and pleasure of reading and writing over the summer holidays.

Even if you read just one book and return the reading card you will be entered in a raffle at the end of Summer. You will have the chance to win some great prizes and it’s all completely FREE.

Activities for Summer Stars 2021:

1. Books: Call to the library to visit and stock up on your summer reads and register for Summer Stars!

2. Summer Stars BorrowBox: Browse, borrow, read, and listen to the Summer Stars collection of children’s e-books and e-audio books through the library’s BorrowBox app. This is free to all members to use from anywhere, anytime. Non-members can join in their local library or online for free at

3. Online Arts events & Activities : Summer Stars arts and craft workshops will be delivered online throughout the Summer- Keep an eye on our social media pages for updates. 

4. Story Competition: Summer Stars is celebrating children’s imaginations by running a short story competition. There are three age categories age 6-9, age 10-14, age 15-18 with great prizes including a Tablet and vouchers * This is a national competition.

To enter, write a story using the following opening line:

Of all the places in the world, I never thought I would be here…

Finish the story to enter this year’s Summer Stars short story competition!                  

For terms and conditions and more information check the Libraries Ireland website at https://www.librariesireland

Nature’s Web Newsletter

The Summer 2021 Issue of the Nature’s Web Newsletter, an exciting newsletter for children, has been posted on the web.

In this issue you’ll find…

Rocky Shore Safari

Editor’s Page: Basking Shark at Sherkin Island; Seafood Recipe

Plant Life: Baobab Tree

Black John – the Bogus Pirate: War in a Water Drop!

Marine Life: Basking Shark

Explore Your Shore!: Get involved with Explore Your Shore!

All in a Day’s Work: Dave Wall, Citizen Science Officer

Explore Your Shore!: Rocky Shore Safari Big 30 QUIZ!

Activity Page: Make a Folding Book

Water Safety Ireland: Keep floating inflatable toys away from open water

Colour In: Moving Day!

The World Around Us: “Foreign Correspondent” Michael Ludwig

Fun Page: How Much Did You Learn?, Nature Jokes

Learn More: Books/DVD for children; Useful Web Addresses

Wordsearch: Nature’s Web Summer 2021 Wordsearch

Nature’s Noticeboard: Summer 2021


We said  farewell to our current sixth class at our Graduation this week. We wish them the best of luck in Secondary school. They will be truly missed, but they will always be welcome to visit. We had to celebrate a little differently this year because of the Covid restrictions but we are sure everyone had a great day. It was great that all the parents could join our Zoom Graduation on Wednesday. We had the usual speeches, presentations and PowerPoint memories.

Thanks to Hayley for the scrumptious cake.

Dunmanway Library

Dunmanway library is OPEN and welcoming visitors to browse and select books. They welcome back children and families and would encourage them to visit the library and use their library cards once again. They have some lovely new library stock and will do everything they can to encourage and support children on their reading and learning journey.

Library membership if FREE of charge, and children can borrow up to 12 books at the time on their card.

The Summer Stars reading programme is due to be launched in the next week or two and is a great way to encourage children to read over the summer holidays.

Zoom with Rob Heffernan

We were delighted to have a zoom meeting with Rob Heffernan today. He certainly inspired 5th and 6th class to participate in the Youth Half Marathon  with Cork Sports Partnership & Cork City Council starting the 31st of May.

He spoke of the importance of exercise and keeping active.  He showed us his Olympic medal and his European Championship medal.  He gave us some great tips for the future.

We will participate in the Half Marathon: 21k is roughly 3k a Day!

Learning about the Crow Family

We had a wonderful Zoom meeting today with Sam Bayley a Consultant Ecologist, Ornithologist and Conservation Land Manager.

We learnt so much about the crow family and a very interesting fact about the robin. It was a marvellous afternoon of learning.