Contact us to find out more about educating your child bilingually and opening up a whole new world of opportunity. Places are still available for Primary 1 and Pre-school. Our door is always open;
Gaelscoil na mBeann & Naíscoil na mBeann
127A Newcastle road
Co. an Dúin
T: 028 4125 8418
E: info@gaelscoilnambeann. kilkeel.ni.sch.uk
Principal: Niall Loughran
Pre-school Leader: Grainne Ní Fhlanagáin
Meet The Team
Niall Loughran B.Ed., M.A. Principal
Niall Loughran has been working in the Irish-medium sector since 2000. Since obtaining his Bachelor of Education in Celtic Studies from St. Mary’s University College, Belfast, Niall has worked in Scoil na Fuiseoige, Scoil an Droichid and Bunscoil Naomh Proinsias in Lurgan. As school leader, Niall is really enjoying being part of Gaelscoil na mBeann as it develops and grows.
Emma Louise Magee B.Ed.
Emma Louise Magee has been teaching in Gaelscoil na mBeann since it opened in 2010. Emma Louise graduated with a B.Ed. in Primary Education with Irish at St. Mary's University College, Belfast, where she also received certificates in Irish-medium. Emma Louise also has a keen interest in sport, particularly Gaelic football and camogie, which she develops within the school.
Pauline Rooney - Cúntóir / Assistant
NVQ Level 3, Childcare Learning and Development & Special Needs. Pauline has been working at Naíscoil since 2011. As a parent of a child that has been to Naíscoil and is now attending Gaelscoil, Pauline can see the benefits of bilingualism every day.
Anne Marie Smith - Secretary
Anne Marie Smith has been working at Gaelscoil na mBeann since it opened in 2010, first as a classroom assistant and is now as school secretary. Anne Marie decided to educate her children through Irish Medium Sector when Katie was ready for Naíscoil 13 years ago and has never looked back. She volunteered in Naíscoil Uachtar Tíre and Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche for a few years prior to coming to Gaelscoil na mBeann. Anne Marie is a Youth Club Leader for Glasdrumman ages 5-14.
Maria Bird - Classroom Assistant
Maria joined Gaelscoil na mBeann in 2013, bringing with her knowledge and experience of working with children of all ages and abilities having worked at Killowen School, Rostrevor for a number of years as an SEN assistant. A gran, mum and friend to our community in Gaelscoil na mBeann, Maria recieved her education in the Republic of Ireland and has Leaving Certificate Irish. Maria is also involved with Cór na nÓg in Rostrevor.
Éamon Mac Ruairí - Chairman of the Board of Governors
Éamon Mac Ruairí, Chair of the Board of Governors, has played an integral role in the founding of Naíscoil and Gaelscoil na mBeann. He is committed to ensuring the future of the Irish language in Mourne. A lifelong supporter of Down GAA and involved in all aspects of Irish culture. Éamon considers it a privilege to be elected Chair of the Board of Gaelscoil na mBeann, a school that always seeks to achieve at the highest level, with the children as the core focus of all decisions within the school. It has been his vision to help build a community in which Gaelic is a living language and culture within Mourne. This is why he sits as Chair of Gaelscoil na mBeann.