Primary Schools


Under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop and  the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois Moate Parish takes care five primary schools. Two of those are located in Moate-St. Brigid’s N.S and St. Oliver Plunkett B.N.S. one in Castledaly- Kilcleagh N.S and another one in Mount Temple- An Grianan N.S. and in Bayln -St. Ciaran’s.


St. Brigid’s N.S –  is located on Station Road in Moate. It was previously named as the Convent Primary School Moate. This Catholic School was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1861. Trusteeship of the school was transferred from the Mercy Sisters to the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois on 1st February 2011. The school aims to promote the full and harmonious development of all pupils: cognitive, intellectual, physical, cultural, moral, and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and other people and promotes a Christian Philosophy of life. Read more


St. Oliver Plunkett N.S –  was built in year 1937 and enrollees boys from second to sixth class. Situated in church street the school has adopted and developed a proactive programme for pupils. The school’s vision is strongly linked with Catholic traditions and values and is prefaced by the words ‘The most important person in St Oliver Plunkett’s school is the child’. The Green Flag award shows the school’s commitment to environmental protection. Read more


An Grianán N.S – also known as Mount Temple National School. The Irish name means ‘the sunny place’.The school is placed beside the Esker Riada sand hills, known as ‘The Mount’. Opened in 1832 and rebuild in 1888 as a new National School. Currently, this building accommodates a local Community Centre. The present National School- Scoil Nasiúnta an Ghrianáin was opened in 1964. The name Mount Temple was introduced in 1725 by a local landlord, Robert Temple, whose daughter Elizabeth is depicted on the school crest, riding her horse up the ‘Mount’. Read more


Kilcleagh N.S – built in 1951 in Castledaly. This small country school is located outside Moate off the main road to Athlone and is supported by four fulltime mainstream teachers and a shared learning support teacher. Under the patronage of Francis Duffy – Bishop of Ardagh & Clonmacnoise it strongly promotes a Christian spirit and adopts a child centred philosophy. The school’s vision proclaims values based on love, justice and caring. Read more


St. Ciarans N.S – is situated about three miles east of Athlone in the village of Baylin. It has five mainstream teachers, a learning support teacher. Originally, the National School was located in Lower Warren, near Athlone. In 1949 the  present school complex was funded and build. In 1994 an extension was added on. A new extension was completed in 2013. This catholic school, provide a happy and secure atmosphere with a catholic ethos. It also has due respect for all other religions. School Motto: “Knowledge and Respect” is a key where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of the pupils are identified and addressed. Read more


Secondary Schools

Community School –  was established in September 1996 as a joint agreement between Carmelite 
College, Convent of Mercy Secondary School and Moate Vocational School. Moate Community School vision statement is based on a Christian Faith & strongly promotes a system of a catholic beliefs. This proactive and co-educational school provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all students and staff and creates a feeling of an integrated community.Currently, the school accommodates of 1020 pupils and 72 teachers. In the year 2001 school was modernized and extensive building was completed. Read more