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St. Patrick’s, N.S. Clare Island

St. Patrick’s National School

St. Patrick’s National School, Clare Island is a two teacher co-educational, catholic primary school located on the Island of Clare Island some 5.6 nautical miles west of Roonagh Point, Louisburgh.


The school, built in 1887, is situated in the picturesque centre of the island and is next door to the church of the Sacret Heart.

It is less than 50 meters from the ruins of the 14th century Cistercian Abbey which contain important examples of medieval wall paintings. The islands important cultural aheritage provides a rich background for the pupils’ study of local history.

The school currently caters for 18 pupils (6 girls, 12 boys) from Junior Infants to sixth class and it is expected that enrolment will remain at the current level or increase slightly in the foreseeable future.

A staff of three includes a principal, a mainstream class teacher and a part-time learning support/resource teacher. The school employs a part-time secretary and has access to a care-taker as required; these provide invaluable support for the school.

The school is actively involved in An Taisce’s “Green Schools” Programme and is currently working towards the acquisition of their third green flag with the theme being Biodiversity.


There is a strong tradition of music and dance on the island and this is reflected in the school which has its own céilí band. The children frequently participate in Sean nós dancing competitions and have appeared on T.G.4 on a number of occasions.

Successful participation at third level education is the experience of the majority of the pupils who have attended this school over the last number of years.


St Patrick's National Schools Mission Statement

St. Patrick’s N.S., Clare Island, is a Catholic primary school for the education of children from Clare Island. The school is committed to the aims and principals of the revised (1999) primary school curriculum. It celebrates the uniqueness of each child as expressed in each child’s personality, intelligence and potential for development. The school seeks to nurture the child in all dimensions of his or her life – spiritual, moral, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, social and physical.

Our curriculum aims to enable each child

  • To live a full life as a child and to realize his or her potential as an unique individual.
  • To develop as a social being, through living and co-operation with others and so contribute to the good of society.
  • To prepare for further education and lifelong learning.

St. Patrick’s N.S. seeks to cherish and challenge children in a safe, secure and attractive learning environment. We aim to provide quality learning experiences that are engaging, enriching and enjoyable through a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.

The school sees itself as an integral part of the island and in partnership with parents and the Church seeks to nurture the Catholic faith through religious education, preparation for the Sacraments and through the ethos of the school. This ethos is best exemplified through the quality of all relationships in the school, which are based on respect and dignity for each person, child, parent, teacher, principal, secretary, classroom assistant, cleaner and visitor to the school.

St. Patrick’s N.S. seeks to be a warm and welcoming place respectful and accommodating of diversity of race, culture, religion, gender and ability. We strive to provide an inclusive environment responsive to the needs of all including non-islanders, non-nationals or children with special need. We aim to promote equality in all areas and to provide extra support for any child with learning disability, difficulty or problem through our resource unit.

We value most highly our relationship with parents and the local community and seek to continue to work in partnership with parents to ensure the best interest of each child is provided for.


St Patrick's N.S. Principal is Mrs Mary McCabe


Contact Details:

St Patricks National School

Clare Island

Co Mayo

Principal: Mrs Mary McCabe

Telephone: 098 25208

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9.00am – 2.45pm

Wheelchair-accessible: Yes



Mary McCabe

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