About Us

St. Dominic’s NS is a vertical school (Junior Infants – 6th Class) under Catholic patronage. While the ethos is Roman Catholic, pupils from all denominations are welcome. The school is run on behalf of the patron by the Board of Management. We currently have 16 teachers who are supported by Special Needs Assistants, secretaries and a caretaker. Our Special Educational Needs (SEN) team is comprised of 2 learning support teachers, 1 resource teacher, 1 language teacher and 1 support teacher.

Please click on the link below to read our welcome booklet if you would like more information about our school.

Welcome Booklet for parents

History

The following is a history of Our Lady of Loreto Boys School written in 1988 by principal Mr. Leo Swan to commemorate the visit of Dr. Patrick Hillary, President of Ireland

Our Lady of Loreto Boys’ School was established on July 1st, 1970 and began operations in a prefab classroom in the old Tallaght Vocational School where the VEC offices now stand. On that first day there were two teachers Mr. S. Feeney, principal and Mr. D. L. Swan and nineteen pupils.  When school re-opened in September of that year Mr. Feeney had died and the location had moved to the grounds of St. Damien’s School, Crumlin. This was to be its home for the following few months until April 1971 when it moved in to a six prefab classrooms hastily set up on a partly prepared site in Tallaght. The succeeding years brought an extraordinarily rapid expansion and by 1975 there were well over 1,000 children on rolls. At this time “Loreto” was catering for children from such widely scattered districts as Tymon, Springfield and Old Bawn as well and for the more immediate areas of Bawnville, Seskin, Avonmore, Avonbeg, Bolbrook,  Homelawn and of course St. Dominic’s and Millbrook Lawns. By 1973 the parish had been handed over by the Archdiocese of the Dominican Order which now also took over responsibility for the management of the school and pressed ahead with the building programme. That year also saw the occupation of the first part of the new school building which was completed in the following year and formally opened in September 1974. Enrolments continued to increase rapidly and as a consequence the vast majority of classes continued to be accommodated in prefabs. At one stage the total numbers of boys and girls were such that they constituted the largest single Primary School Complex in Britain and Ireland and as such merited and entry in the Guinness Book of Records. However from 1977 onwards a decline in numbers, gradual at first but more rapid in recent years has taken place, so that the removal of prefabs and consequent ground improvement programmes could be undertaken.

Loreto was one of the first of the new generation of schools to establish a formal Parents’ Association.  This was launched at a general meeting of parents, management and staff on May 15th, 1976 and has been a major factor in school life ever since.

One unusual aspect of Our Lady of Loreto School which deserves special mention if our unique School Museum which contains several hundred artefacts illustrating the rural way of life in the Irish Countryside, familiar until recent years but now gone forever. This valuable collection has been put together by the pupils over the years, under the direction and with the assistants of their teachers, and is well known far outside the area. Recently “Loreto” has begun to come to prominence in football as well as maintaining its traditional pre-eminence in basketball, being current league champions, and having on several occasions achieved premier honours in swimming, instrumental music and speech and drama training among the aspects of the curriculum which are strongly emphasised.

Our school has always been the focal point for a wide range of communal activities since its earliest days, and from weekly Parish bingo to judo and youth clubs many groups have availed of our facilities.  Traditional Irish Dancing as well as tap-dancing and ballroom dancing are regularly catered for but perhaps the longest established of these groups in the Loreto Ladies’ Club which has been associated closely with the school since its inception. Thus the school provides a common meeting ground, drawing together adults and children, past-pupils, parent’s, staff and the parish clergy, into a closely knit community of shared interests, aims and achievements.

Or Lady of Loreto Girls opened on the same day as the Boys school in July 1970. The first two teachers were Bernadette McMahon, principal and Noreen Abbott. They had 18 pupils on the first day but by the following July the school had quickly grown to 239. The two schools operated independently until 1990. Due to falling numbers at this time it was decided to amalgamate the two schools. St. Dominics NS opened its doors on 1st September 1990 with Ms. Breda Cotter as principal. It was at this time that Scoil Cholmcille joined St. Dominic’s NS to share the same building on Mountain Park. Today, St. Dominic’s NS continues to be a focal point for communal activities with The Ladies Club, Forogie youth club and Brigini Guides all using the school.      

5 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Great to read the school history. I remember Mrs McMahon and Ms Abbott very well. I started in the school in February 1971 when it was temporarily in Crumlin. I had a marvellous 5th and 6th class teacher in Ms Cotter. Actually all of the teachers were very dedicated. Myself and all my family did very well out of our time at the school. We all went on to 3rd level so the standards were high in the school.

  2. Hi my name is Tom Corr and I have great memories of my time at the school.
    Mr Swan was a decent principle and was was really saddened to hear of his passing. He encouraged and inspired our imagination and he always seemed to have a kind word . Mr Tommy Simpson was my favourite teacher, not only did he teach the usual he gave us a wonderful heritage of folklore tales and cures and mist importantly he passed on the basics of how to live a life of respect , tolerance and good old fashioned chivalry. If anyone knows what happened to him, please let me know.

  3. Hi
    I can’t remember exactly, but it may have been miss Maher who encouraged our class to run, I joined Cuchulain when I was 10 yr old, my coach was Johnny Fox and I was in the local press the Echo where I received a sports star award back then, I do remember the play ground and the prefab class rooms.
    I no longer run competively due to injury back since 1989 but as I mentioned I’ve fond memories from Lorreto girls school.

  4. Hi I am a past pupil of lorretto girls school I have fond memories of my time in tallaght, I left in 1981 and went to TCS by October 81 I put tallaght on the map for running the marathon at 13yrs Lorretto Girls school gave me inspiration to achieve at a young age. Thank you for this.

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