Our Lady's & St Mochua's P.S.

School Type: Public, Primary

Age group: 7-12

Number of students: 180

Year Elected: 2014


Situated on the border of Armagh and Cavan, Our Lady's & St.Mochua's (OLSM) is the local primary school for 176 children from the small surrounding villages of Derrynoose, Madden, Keady and others. A rural school under the patronage of the Catholic Church, OLSM gives a unique insight into Ireland's history and future. Despite the many challenges faced by rural communities across the island of Ireland, OLSM looks positively towards the future, placing a particular focus on technology, entrepreneurship and above all, leadership. Guided by their school motto: 'Reaching for the future... A voice today,' the pupils at OLSM are brought up to take charge of their future now, not merely develop the potential for their adult life.

Changemaking Initiatives:

  • The school has developed their own initiatives in areas such as accelerated reading and engineering, and through youth entrepreneurship initiatives.
  • Through the Dissolving Boundaries programme the school has developed cross-border connections with a school in Manorhamilton.
  • The school has engaged in fundraising for the NSPCC, Cancer Research, M.S., & Haiti emergency relief.