History of our school

History of Our School

History of our school

Guardian Angels’ NS was established in 1970, not long after the parish church was opened. The first

principal of Guardian Angels’ NS was Mrs Mary O’Sullivan. The earliest building on the site was a pre- fabricated wooden structure, which consisted of 6 classrooms, the staffroom and two blocks of toilets.


In 1976 Mr Tom Garry took over as principal. He soon saw the need for a more permanent building. The prefabs were freezing in winter and boiling in summer, and were very noisy.


I978 saw the official opening of a new part of the school, the halla and 4 permanent classrooms, where the infants now have their classrooms. Between 1970 and 1981 the school grew to become an 8 teacher school. As the numbers rose throughout the 1990s a more ambitious plan was developed.


In 1992 Mr Walter Cullinane became acting principal and in 1995 when he became principal, he applied to the Department of Education to build a new school to replace the by now almost 30 year old prefab. In 1999 we had the grand opening of the latest part of the school. The present block consists of 12 classrooms which houses first to sixth classes, the library, resource rooms and offices. The final part of the development of the school was the linking of the resource area to the rest of the school.


Our principal Mr Pádraig Ó Néill joined Guardian Angels in 2012, after 14 years a

s principal of Synge Street CBS and Mr Diarmuid Howley become deputy principal in 2020.


A new building project to further improve the school and ensure we have a safe, comfortable, eco friendly and technologically advanced environment for all our children and staff is now planned. The project includes additional classrooms and new resource rooms and will commence once Covid-19 restrictions ease.


In 2020 we celebrated our 50th anniversary. Sadly many of the events we had planned were cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions however, we still marked the occasion with lots of in-school events and a 1970s-themed school fancy dress party. We produced a very special commemorative book, packed with photos and memories from 1970-2020. Featuring school events and special occasions, stories, sporting achievements and a pictorial history of our wonderful school, it’s a beautiful keepsake for past and present pupils and staff.