Slán le ‘Denis’: On December 22 we said “Slán” to Denis who has been our caretaker for the past 11 years. Many tributes were paid to Denis at a special assembly by children, staff, Board of Management and parents. Denis has been a dedicated and valued staff member who worked quietly, courteously and efficiently to ensure that the school always looked attractive. His ‘green fingers’ brought great colour to the flower boxes and beds in the front of the school. All the teachers requests for work to be done were followed up thoroughly and Denis ensured that the school was safe and secure especially at holiday times. We were delighted that Denis’s wife Peggy attended to see the presentations made to show our appreciation. We hope that he enjoys many years of good health and happiness. Denis planted a holly tree which will always remind us of his time in the school. We welcome our new caretaker, Dan Guidera, and we look forward to working with him in the coming years.


Tickets are now available at a cost of €E10 for the Grange School Social Dance on Friday, February 10, in Cahir House Hotel. We are also looking for sponsors for raffle prizes. The raffle funds will be used to cover the cost of the band.

Funds raised will be used to purchase an Interactive Whiteboard for our Learning Support Room. Tickets are available through the school by contacting School Secretary, Rosaleen at 6138252 or any member of the Board of Management or Parents’ Association. They are available at Hughes’ Shop Grange and will also be available at the dance.


There was a celebration of the success of the Tipperary minor football team in the school before Christmas. Past pupil Tom Kirwan and Jason Lonergan, Clonmel, who were members of the victorious panel, were our special guests along with team manger David Power. A very special guest was Mickey Moore, Grange, who was a member of the Tipperary team who played in the Munster minor final in 1945. He told us how he got up at 6a.m. on the morning of the match, walked to Grange, got mass in Cahir and travelled to Tralee sitting on a butterbox. They had two or three training sessions compared to 110 for the minor team. What a contrast!


We were delighted to hear that we came second in the Tidy Schools competition in the Cahir Electoral Area. Well done to all the children and staff and especially to caretaker Denis Hartigan who was our caretaker at the time. A special word of thanks to third class and Ms. Mulcahy who organises the daily Litter Squads to ensure the school is kept tidy and litter free.


Following a successful application to South Tipperary County Council we have been granted €E750 for our Wildflower Garden. We hope to start work on our school garden in February. Contributions of materials, flowers, plants or time would be greatly appreciated.


Comghairdeas to past pupil Jonathan Ryan who played his first game for the Tipperary Senior football team against W.I.T. in the Mc Grath Cup. We also have past pupil Aldo Matassa on the senior panel and also played against UCC.


We have received a brand new laptop from the Jack and Jill foundation in return for collecting 100 mobile phones. Thanks to all for supporting this appeal. Please keep sending in any unwanted mobile phones that you have lying around as we hope to gain a second laptop in this way.