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St. Nessan's National School is a co-educational Catholic Primary School situated in the Parish of Mungret / Raheen / Crecora on the western outskirts of Limerick City. There are 720 pupils attending St. Nessan's from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. Our ethos is to foster the spiritual, moral, intellectual, social and cultural development of the pupils in a safe and happy atmosphere.

Our motto is 'Mol an Óige agus Tiocfaidh Sí' and our school crest displays this alongside a portrayal of Mungret Monastery which, tradition and local lore tell us, had up to 1,500 students in medieval times. Please browse our website for detailed information about the many aspects of school life.

Yours sincerely,
Marguerite Quinn,

Who we are

St. Nessan's N.S. is the Catholic school for Raheen Parish. We are a co-educational school with classes from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.

Our History

Mungret has a long and proud tradition of education stretching back to the medieval monastery whose remains are to be seen nearby. Local tradition tells of 1,500 students being educated there in early times. By 1840 four schools were in operation within the parish, with one being situated in the townland of Gouldavoher directly across from the present school.

Small national schools continued to operate until the mid 1960s when a new school was built in Baunaclocka townland. This building housed both a boys' school and a girls' school which amalgamated shortly afterwards to become St. Nessan's National School under the Principalship of Dermot Geaney.

Raymond O'Hagan became Principal in 1977 when the school had 143 pupils. Under his leadership, and later under Stephen Cahill who became Principal in 1993, a series of further developments over a number of years has given us the present school catering for 720 pupils with a staff of 39 teachers along with support staff.

We look forward to the continuing story of St. Nessan's and the education of generations to come.

How to find us

St. Nessan's National School is located on the south-west side of Limerick. It is situated on the R610 between the N20 and the N69



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A message from the Principal

St. Nessan's has a long and proud history in educating the children of the Mungret and Raheen areas. While the school has only been on its present site since the mid 1960s, there is a long tradition of education in the local area stretching back to medieval times.

In the past thirty years, the school has seen phenomenal growth with 720 pupils attending daily. Despite this growth, we have kept our friendly and welcoming atmosphere and hope that the school is a place where parents, pupils and other members of the community feel comfortable at all times. While we are a Catholic school, we welcome children of all faiths and of no faith. We believe that our school is an integral part of the local community and we pride ourselves on the links that exist between the school and religious, sporting, cultural and neighbourhood groups.

The school has three classes in each strand and has a teaching staff of 42 consisting of Class Teachers, Learning Support Teachers, Resource Teachers, an E.A.L. Teacher and an Administrative Principal and Deputy Principal. This teaching staff is complemented by a team of Special Needs Assistants and our Ancillary Staff. This year  for the first time there are four Junior Infant  Classes

The school has a very active Parents' Association elected annually at the AGM in October. The Association holds monthly meetings and is involved in fund raising and the organisation of talks on matters of interest to parents.The Board of Management of the school meets regularly to ensure the smooth running of the school. The Chairperson is  Mr John Murphy and the other members consist of the Principal, an elected teachers' nominee, two elected parents' nominees, a patron's nominee and two community representatives.

The school has as its ethos and vision to foster the spiritual, moral, intellectual, social and cultural development of the pupils in a safe and happy atmosphere. Our motto 'Mol an Óige agus Tiocfaidh Sí' guides us as we continue on the historic tradition of education in the Mungret area.

 Marguerite Quinn, Principal