Bishop Shanahan National School

School Building Programme

Latest Update

Following the removal of prefabs and completion of the building programme, the next priority for both schools was the reinstatement of the pitch grounds.

We are delighted to let you know that this work started during the summer months. The area has been cleared and extensive drainage is being put in place so that it can be used for most of the school year. Previous to this, due to water logging, the pitch was in use for just 2 months of the year.The pitch will be re-seeded and ready for use after the Easter break.

A 3 metre track will run round the perimeter of the whole area, with a total length of 250m. It will have a surface similar to that of a walking track, and will be ready for use this term. Funding for this project was provided by the Boards of Management, as a result of careful management of school finances over the past number of years. 

We are thrilled with these developments as we know that they will be fantastic amenities in promoting fitness and well being for all pupils in both schools. We will keep you posted on further exciting developments regarding the school grounds, including a new outdoor classroom. 

29th August 2018

Official Opening


The official opening of our new shared building will take place on Friday, 4th May.

We are delighted to announce that the ceremony will be officiated by An Taoiseach, Mr Leo Varadkar, T.D.  Details and arrangements are currently being finalised.


We look forward to a great occasion for both schools and a memorable day for all our pupils.


The parish of St Jude will be hosting a Parish Family Day on Sunday, 20th May.  All families in the parish, or connected to it by the schools, will be invited.  There will be an opportunity on this occasion for everyone to view the new building and we look forward to welcoming you all on that day.


19th April 2018




We are delighted to say that our new extension is opening tomorrow, Monday 19th February. It has surpassed all our expectations and tomorrow is a very exciting day for the two schools and, in particular, our pupils.


Changes to entry and exit points will be required for the coming months. These are as follows:

  • Main school entrance: All junior infants and Ms Corcoran's class will line up here. The order of line up is
    • Rooms 4a, 4, 3, 2, 1, and Room 10
  • Yard door to new build: All senior infants, Ms Mitchell's class and Ms O'Mahony's class will line up in front of the door in the following order
    • Rooms 5, 6, 9, 8, 7, Ms Mitchell's class and Ms O'Mahony's class

Entry and exit for the remaining four classes is as before.


Teachers will be present in the morning to direct children.


The staff and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and co-operation during the on-going building works. This week our priority is to settle the pupils into their new classrooms and new procedures. We look forward to welcoming all parents in to view the new extension in the coming weeks.


18th February 2018



We are in the very final stage of the building programme and are now ready for the transition phase. The very latest technology for interactive boards has been purchased, along with new furniture, which will allow for more group work and station teaching. The new classrooms are bright, colourful and spacious.


For the transition phase, there are many logisitical challenges in moving furniture, equipment installation, entry and exit access points and reinstatement of playgrounds. All of this work is due to be completed during our Mid Term break. New arrangements will be in place for the week beginning Monday 19th February, which will impact our morning drop off and evening collection, and our playground times. As work progresses throughout the Mid Term, we will be in a position to communicate these arrangements to all parents via text and email.


We would like to thank all of our pupils, parents and staff for their patience, cooperation and support throughout the building programme.


1st February 2018



Work has commenced...

This week work started on the demolition of the old prefabs.


11th January 2017

Latest Update

We are delighted to announce that the issues causing a delay to the new build have now been resolved and the Department of Education and Skills has approved additional funding for the project. Construction will commence as soon as is practical.


24th October 2016

School Building Programme - update

Final plans for the new building are currently being drawn up.  Planning Permission has been approved and detailed plans are now being prepared.  There is a delay in finalising these plans as the Department is not currently in a position to approve the increased funding that will be needed to complete the project.  Hopefully, a new Minister will be in place shortly and final approval can be received.  It is hoped that the current pre-fabs will be vacated before the end of term and that a new temporary structure will be erected on the school pitch to accommodate classes while the permanent structure is built.


As soon as concrete news is available, the Boards of Management will issue a statement advising parents of plans and the timeframe involved.


29th April 2016




Statement from Boards of Management (BOM) of Bishop Shanahan N.S. and Bishop Galvin N.S.

As you know, the pre-fabricated units will be replaced as soon as possible.  An architect has been appointed and preliminary plans have been presented to the BOM.  The next step is to secure planning permission and this, it is hoped, can be applied for before Christmas.  The plan is to replace the current unit with a two-storey permanent structure adjoining both schools.  It will have a much smaller footprint than the current unit as it will now be adjoined to the existing main buildings.  This has many advantages.  As well as having state of the art facilities in the new building, children and staff will no longer have to brave the elements moving from one building to the other.  Also, visitor access to the new building will be limited to the existing main buildings so it will be a far more secure unit for our pupils.


We will keep you updated as plans become available.


4th December 2015