Carrigeen is a mixed school, catering for children from 4 to 12 years. Carrigeen celebrated its Centenary in Sept 2000.
Carrigeen Primary School is unique in its location in the heartland of the Suir Valley which first springs to life at the foot of the Devils Bit in Tipperary and empties into the sea at Waterford Harbour.
The school has a majestic view of the valley as it strides an outcrop of Old Red Sandstone. Tory Hill, Slieve na mBan and the Comeragh Mountains frame this wonderful setting.
Cromwell knew well the value of the land as he passed under the shadow of the Walsh Hills on his approach to Carrick-on-Suir from New Ross. He is reported to have said: "It is a land worth fighting for".
In 1966 the Boys' and Girls' Schools were amalgamated to form Carrigeen Boys' and Girls' School .
Carrigeen is the third school in this area of South Kilkenny. Clashroe and the present community hall adjoining the Churchyard were former schools. Prior to Clashroe a well known hedge school existed at a place known as "Portnascoile", or the "Field of the School".
Historic landmarks surround Carrigeen in the form Grannagh and Corluddy Castle. Both bear testimony to our ancient past with Butler and Grant connections.
Adjacent to the river are two of Ireland's most ancient villages in the country, Licketstown and Glengrant, which date to Norman times.
Of the famed sons and daughters none come to mind more readily than the renowned sportsmen of hurling fame, the Doyles, Drug Walsh and Bob O'Keeffe first President of the GAA.
Among many others were Pádraig Puirseil and his wife Mary Purcell.
Carrigeen's new extension and refurbishment is a magnificent building and links with the original with a sculpted tribute to the ancient hedge school.
Official opening took place on Thursday June 11th. 2009. by Bishop Séamus Freeman.