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Lucan Schools Information

- This is a rolling update on Lucan schools first published in July 2023 and last amended 22nd November 2023 - It also includes information on schools in Palmerstown

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Shortcut to Second level schools

Introduction - The wider context

Residents living a while in Lucan will know I've a long record of raising schools issues locally, with some successes in pushing projects through the "Lucan Schools Crisis" and "Lucan Schools Crisis II" campaigns and amendments to the original Adamstown SDZ plan to meet demand for schools in line with new housing developments. Equally there has been much frustration. Nationally I've been recognised by the three largest teaching unions for my work in protecting education funding at a time of massive cutbacks, especially as a TD in 2008/2010, and also through the launch of "50 Steps to a Better Education System" in 2006, which emphasised among other things that there can be a seven-fold benefit from investment at the early years in particular. But years have passed and education does not appear to be getting recognition and funding it deserves.

The local situation continues to evolve and pressure needs to be applied constantly. We are at a stage now in Lucan, where there is again huge pressure on school places, especially in rapidly growing areas such as Adamstown. It also has a knock on effect on areas historically attending Lucan-based schools, such as Palmerstown.

Residents in newer estates especially are finding that they are not being put in category 1 catchment areas by existing primary schools which claim they cannot cope with existing demand. This is why currently-planned schools need to open earlier than anticipated originally.

Common enrolment

At second level there is a panic every year to get a place, which is not helped by people feeling the need to put names down on multiple school lists - which then need to clear - meaning that some parents don't know until the final few weeks whether their child has got a place. I've made suggestions in this regard vis a vis a common enrolment system for Lucan, which would at least improve transparency and speed, but so far it has not got any traction. It would need major national legislative change to be implemented legally and so for now could only be voluntary. There are challenges but also many positives, however so far there has been no real enthusiasm from most Lucan schools, the exception being four out of the five Educate Together primary schools in our area who devised and implemented their own system in 2014. See photo images below for more information or click here to skip past.

Pressure needed

At the end of the day, the vast majority of applicants still get a place in a Lucan school, but the wait is very anxious for those living in particular geographic areas, or whose primary schools aren't in the catchment, or who have recently moved in. The overall number of those having to look outside Lucan is relatively small, but growing, and Lucan children attending Confey and Luttrelstown among others attest to the fact that supply is not meeting demand. So we need to keep the pressure up on school places.

I have less direct input on this as a Councillor (except on land use and zoning) but I have been chasing up as and when I can, directly with the Minister for Education and with officials via Council meetings and motions. Areas I've been chasing up this year include seeking a timeline on the primary school at Kishoge, the tender and construction process for Griffeen Community College's permanent building and most recently the urgent need to get the 32-classroom school at Tandy's Lane, Adamstown (already planning approved) to open earlier than 2026, due to major pressures locally already and also the likely requirement to cater for children within the Ukrainian families who will be moving into the modular housing off the Celbridge Link Road from April 2024, which I see as a "tipping point" opportunity to get movement on this site for the existing community. The Government has said it will work to meet requirements, although so far I've seen nothing concrete. I encouraged residents to raise this issue during a briefing on the modular housing on October 10th.

Also, having been actively involved in getting an additional two school sites put into the Adamstown plan back in the day, I also support flexibility being added for the fourth primary site, which may need to be a second level school given the demographics. More anon about this.

Politicians can't get your child a place in a specific school

Elected reps, TDs especially, are encouraged to pressure the Minister for Education to invest in alleviating the shortage of places. However in looking at this wider context, it's also important for parents and guardians to note that TDs or Councillors can't influence specific schools to get places for their children. All we can do is provide information and lobby on overall school places. The annual admissions policy is a board of management decision based on assessment of need and available places overall. I'm not a fan of every policy I've seen but this is the sole remit of the school and patron, as long as national equality legislation is followed.

Even when a Councillor is on a particular BOM (and many of us are), they never get to see the names or circumstances of individual applicants, so the process is totally fair and transparent. They can only influence this admissions policy being amended in the context of population changes locally and national guidelines as mentioned above.

This Citizens Information link on schools admissions policies is quite informative:

School contact details

Below are details of local primary and secondary schools with links to websites so parents can look up where these schools are and their enrolment policies. I've also included on the primary school map the location of two sites where new primary schools are due to be built. I didn't do this on the second level map because as of now, the only change is for Griffeen Community College to move from its temporary building on the site of Kishoge Community College to land off Griffeen Avenue, which will increase its capacity going forward. I will update on completion dates for this school as and when new information becomes available.

Primary Schools in Lucan (map high res - zoom in)

Link to web pages only click here

Community National Schools

Lucan Community National School

Co-Educational, multidenominational


Four Educate Together Schools with Common Enrolment System

Co-Educational, multidenominational

Adamstown Castle ETNS

Esker ETNS

Griffeen Valley ETNS

Lucan East ETNS


Lucan Educate Together

School currently outside common enrolment and with different management structure

Co-educational, multidenominational


Catholic ethos - Lucan South Parish Catchment

Divine Mercy Junior National School (JNS) - Lucan South Parish

Junior Infants to 2nd Class

Co-Educational, Catholic ethos

Divine Mercy Senior National School (SNS) - Lucan South Parish

3rd to 6th

Co-Educational, Catholic ethos


Catholic ethos - Esker Parish catchment

St Thomas JNS - Esker Parish except Adamstown (some areas covered, see enrolment policy)

Junior Infants to 2nd

Co-Educational, Catholic ethos

Scoil Aine Naofa SNS - Esker Parish except Adamstown (some areas covered, see enrolment policy)

3rd to 6th

Co-Educational, Catholic ethos

St John The Evangelist NS - Adamstown area

Co-Educational, Catholic ethos, Esker Parish, Adamstown

Scoil Mhuire NS, Airlie Heights - West of Esker Parish, some north Adamstown, see enrolment policy)

Co-Educational, Catholic ethos


Catholic Ethos - Lucan village area catchment

St Mary's BNS

Single sex boys - gives some consideration to siblings attending Scoil Mhuire GNS below

Scoil Mhuire GNS

Single sex girls - gives some consideration to siblings attending St Mary's BNS above


Church of Ireland ethos

St Andrew's NS - Lucan, Leixlip and surrounds catchment




Gaelscoil Naomh Padraig

Catholic, co-educational - Lucan and Palmerstown

Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada - Lucan and Palmerstown

Catholic, co-educational


Palmerstown Primary Schools

St Lorcan's BNS, The Oval, Palmerstown

Catholic, Boys

St Brigid's GNS, Turret Road, Palmerstown

Catholic, Girls


Special Educational Needs

NB for parents of children with special educational needs (SEN) -- Check individual primary and second school websites in terms of SEN policy and special units as these are subject to change and the provision of additional resources. Here is a recent link to special classes being offered in mainstream schools across the country, including Lucan:

There is one specific SEN school:

Stewarts School, Rosse Court


Second-level schools (map is high res so you can zoom in)

Link to second level web pages only without other info, click here

NB - Most second level schools will prioritise the children of siblings, before looking at local feeder schools. Some have complex policies and need to be looked at carefully. Parents should remember that if they have a preference for a particular second level school, their choice of primary school may minimise their chances of getting a place. Places in Lucan are unfortunately oversubscribed at present, so depending on where you live, your choice of primary or secondary school may be limited and you may end up having to look further afield. This is something I continue to raise but relates to forward planning by the Department of Education and successive Ministers

Catholic ethos

Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan village area

Single sex boys

St Joseph's College - Lucan village area

Single sex girls


Schools under patronage of DDLETB

All multidenominational and co-educational

Adamstown Community College - priority Adamstown area

Colaiste Cois Life - Gaelscoil mainly serving local primary Irish-speaking schools

Griffeen Community College - Currently all Lucan catchment area

In partnership with Scoil Sinead

Kishoge Community College - Priority primary schools in Balgaddy area and some Educate Together

In partnership with Educate Together

Lucan Community College - Esker area and some other categories (full details on website)

St Kevin's Community College - Mainly Balgaddy, Quarryvale/North Clondalkin and some east Lucan


Palmerstown second level school

Pobalscoil Iosolde, Palmerstown

Multidenominational, co-educational under DDLETB


Fee-paying schools nearby

The Kings Hospital, Palmerstown

Co-educational, Church of Ireland ethos

Castleknock College

Boys, Catholic

Mount Sackville, Chapelizod

Girls, Catholic


Other schools with growing Lucan cohort

Confey College, Leixlip

Multidenominational, co-educational - Kildare and Wicklow ETB

Luttrelstown College

Multidenominational, co-educational under DDLETB


Quick links to local primary schools: Palmerstown:

Quick links to local secondary schools:

If you've got this far, thank you for your time. I will continue to push for more resources and also encourage all schools in the absence of a national legislative framework to consider entering a common enrolment system so that people know the spaces available earlier in the year and parents/guardians can make informed choices.

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