St Kieran's National School

Our Story

History and Background





original school

St Kieran`s began in 1969. It consisted of one class in Ms Sheila Pimm`s house on Old Connaught Avenue. Sister Colette Dwyer, who was a lifelong advocate for the Traveller Community, became involved to form a school committee. This committee bought Walcott House on Old Connaught Avenue and a full four class school was started.

A fire in 1974 destroyed most of the building but the school continued in two rooms with a split day. In 1975 the school moved into a pre-fab building. This pre-fab had five classrooms, a kitchen, office, staffroom and playground.

In 1978 the Department of Education took over the school which incorporated a preschool. By 1984 the pre-fab had become unfit for use and the school was accommodated temporarily by the Christian Brothers in Mount St Mary`s, Alley Road.


In 1989 the present building was completed and was officially opened by President Mary Robinson in September 1990.

School History

St Kieran's National School

Old Connaught Avenue,


Co. Wicklow