Daingean is located in the eastern part of Offaly on the R402, approximately equidistant from Tullamore and Edenderry. The town is situated on the Grand Canal.

Daingean was originally named Philipstown in 1556 when it was established as the capital town of King’s County (Offaly), under the plantation of Laois and Offaly by Queen Mary Tudor.

In 1883, Tullamore replaced Daingean as the focal point of the county. As a result, Philipstown was demoted from capital town. In 1922, with the foundation of the Free State, it was renamed Daingean, at the same time as County Offaly replaced the old King’s County.

About our school

Daingean N.S. is a co-educational Catholic school situated in Daingean, Co. Offaly. It caters for children between the ages of 4 and 12 years. There are currently 250 pupils enrolled in the school from junior infants to sixth class. The school has two classes catering for children with a diagnosis of ASD. The staff consists of eighteen teachers, ten SNAs, two secretaries, a caretaker, two bus escorts and three cleaners. Daingean National School participates in Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (Rural DEIS), the action plan of the Department of Education and Skills for educational inclusion.

Staff 2021/2022

Principal: Eileen Moynihan

Junior Infants: Emma Murray

Senior Infants: Siobhán Healion

First Class: Ann Whelan (for Fiona Fitzpatrick)

Second Class: Niall Kelly

Third Class: Orla Hannon

Fourth Class: Irene Dalton

Fifth Class (1): Laura Kieran

Fifth Class (2): Laura Murray

Sixth Class: Aileen Ruttledge (Deputy Principal)

Second Class, Third Class, Fourth Class: Karen Earls

Sonas 1: Roisín Madden (for Sharon Abbott)

Sonas 2: Michael Conneely

Special Education Team: 

Fionnuala Brereton/Maureen O’Rourke (job sharing)

Amy Moore/Sarah Farrell (job sharing)

Sheila McCormack

Brigid Fox

Libby Purcell

Special Needs Assistants: 

Shirley Reynolds

Joanne Galvin

Josie Brennan

Doloreen Bolger

Elaine Cuskelly

Caroline Kirwan

Geraldine McInerney

Marcella Smyth

Carmel Melia

Patricia Campion

Secretaries: Mary O’Brien and Loretta Gorry

Caretaker: Johnny Cuskelly

Cleaners: Louise Marsh, Ann Healy, Sandra Darby

Bus Escorts: Ann Healy and Audrey Hickey

Board of Management

The Board of Management is responsible for the overall running of the school on behalf of our patron, the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin. The term of office of the current Board is 2019-2023 and the members are:

Patrons Nominees: Mary Fleming (Chairperson) and Fr. Declan Thompson P.P.

Parents Nominees: Sarah Farrell and Damien Longworth

Teachers Nominees: Eileen Moynihan (Principal) and Sarah Farrell

Community Representatives: Eamon Hanlon (Treasurer) and Clare Walsh

Parent Teacher Association

Since 1974 our school has had an active Parents’ Association. A committee is elected every two years. The committee is made up of parents and teachers and is called The Parent Teacher Association or PTA for short.

PTA Committee 2021/2023

Junior Infants: Mary Farrelly and Karen Garton

Senior Infants: Evelyn Brophy and Tommy Sheeran

First Class: Carolann Lowndes and Mairéad Scally

Second Class: Cleo Dunne and Emer O’Rourke

Third Class: Orla Canton and Declan Kilmurray

Fourth Class: Mark McLachlan and David Walsh

Fifth Class: Gwynn Rogers and Craig Slattery

Sixth Class: Pauline Gallagher and Sandra Smyth

At the first meeting of the PTA committee, the following officers were elected:

Chairperson: Cleo Dunne

Vice Chairperson: Craig Slattery

Secretary: Sandra Smyth

Assistant Secretary: Mairéad Scally

School Ethos

Daingean National School is a rural co-educational primary school under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.

While Daingean National School is a school with a Catholic ethos, children of other Religious denominations are welcome and their beliefs are respected.

Our Catholic ethos finds expression through the core values of our school and through our actions, attitudes and practices.

Religious instruction, in accordance with the doctrine and tradition of the Catholic church is part of the education given to children who belong to that church.

The pupils are prepared for the reception of the sacraments of First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation, in accordance with arrangements in the diocese.

Prayer is a feature of the school day.

In Daingean National School RESPECT is our core value. Our school embraces a sense of fairness in our dealings with others and also forgiveness and new beginnings, a place where grudges are not held.

Our school aims to provide a safe, secure and happy learning environment for each child and to ensure a duty of care at all times when the school is in operation.

Pupils are constantly encouraged and affirmed, promoting self-esteem and confidence consistent with their uniqueness as individuals.

Staff members are sensitive to the needs and circumstances of each pupil. They are interested in the progress of the pupils and in developing their talents to their utmost potential.

While the school acknowledges the importance of academic excellence, it strives to contribute to all aspects of the pupils development – personal, physical, social, emotional, moral and spiritual.

A respectful pleasant atmosphere permeates throughout the school and high standards in all aspects of school life are encouraged and expected from every member of the school community.

Close contact is maintained between school and home. Parents/Guardians and teachers support one another in leading the children to the fullness of their potential at the different stages. We promote a Code of Behaviour that is firm but fair.

Ancillary staff in the school are held in high esteem. It is recognised that their work makes a valued contribution to the life of our school.

Our Mission Statement

Daingean National School is a co-educational Catholic primary school.

Our mission is:

·   To create a happy, secure, caring and stimulating environment for learning.

·   To develop in each child a deep sense of respect and a high level of self-esteem and confidence

·   To help each child to develop intellectually, personally, socially, physically, emotionally, morally and spiritually to his/her maximum potential.


Responsibility for our actions

Encouraging one another

Self Esteem


Everyday kindness

Coming to school prepared to  do our best

Treating others as we like to be treated