About St. Francis N.S.

About St. Francis N.S.

St Francis S.N.S is a Catholic co-educational school under the patronage of the Archdiocese of Dublin; our parish is run by The Capuchin Friars and the Sisters of The Sacred Heart. Our school caters to the educational needs of girls and boys from 3rd to 6th class.

Our school participates in Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS), the Department’s action plan for educational inclusion.


School History

St. Francis’ Senior and Junior schools evolved from St Mary’s National School, Clonshaugh, which was a small country school at the time. This building then became St Thomas’ Junior Education Centre. The Senior section of St Mary’s transferred to St Francis’ Senior School on the 1st September 1980, the school then grew rapidly. It has had three principals since then, the current being Mr Kennedy who took over in 2009.

When the school was at its largest it contained six classes of each standard from 3rd to 6th class, with up to 40 pupils in each class, as well as two special classes. Today the numbers in our school have steadied reflecting the maturing nature of the local community.