Mahoonagh National School is a co-educational Catholic primary school under the patronage of the Bishop of Limerick.


The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life of Jesus Christ. Our Catholic ethos represents the norms of behaviour which have emerged and continue to emerge gradually from the repeated interactions and relationships between people in the school community.


While Mahoonagh NS is a school with a Catholic ethos, it has due recognition for pupils of other faiths or no faith. Our Catholic ethos finds expression through the care values of our school and through our actions, attitudes and practices:

The staff of this school want to create a climate of physical, emotional, social, and intellectual safety for students, teachers and parents so that teaching and learning can occur within relationships of mutual valuing and respect. With this in mind, the teachers of the school see education not just as providing students with knowledge and skills but also as providing for the emotional, social, sexual, physical and spiritual development of students.


As a community of learners, we recognise the diversity of learning styles, talents and needs among our pupils. We encourage their efforts and celebrate their success, in the belief that this is the key to developing positive attitudes, self-esteem and confidence in our students. Mahoonagh National School supports the principle of inclusion of children with special educational needs.


In this school we want students to be self-motivated and to be at peace with themselves, others and the world. Achievement of these aspirations by the school requires the help and co-operation of students, teachers and parents.


Mahoonagh N.S. is a Roman Catholic Primary School in the village of Castlemahon, situated 5 minutes from the busy town of Newcastle West.

(069) 72332
Castlemahon, Co. Limerick    


Mahoonagh NS participates in the following national school programmes.

National Behaviour Support Service

Active School

The Incredible Years

Cumann na mBunscol

Green School

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