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St. Mary’s National School is a large co-educational Church of Ireland National School under the patronage of the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, serving the Parish of Carrigaline. The school was founded in 1842 and known as Carrigaline No. 3 National School and has been located on the current site in Waterpark, Carrigaline since 1987. In 2007 the school opened a class for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and a second class was opened the following year.
Our School motto “Mol an Óige agus tiocfaidh sí”, “Praise the youth and they will flourish” is a core philosophy for the school. We aim to develop the true potential of each child through the nurture of their spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical abilities and to complement the work of parents / guardians in the home and build on this relationship to enable the child to grow and develop to achieve their full potential in society. We aspire to create a positive nurturing atmosphere in our school where respect for each other is of paramount importance.