Alex White opens Ireland’s largest primary school in Knocklyon


Today I officially opened St Colmcille’s National School in Knocklyon, Dublin 16. The state-of-the-art school serves 1,600 pupils and employs 80 teachers, 23 special needs assistants and 11 ancillary staff.

With 58 classrooms, the school is the product of a €14 million Government investment. Ireland’s largest primary school boasts 12 teaching support rooms, four meeting rooms, two IT rooms, two roof gardens, and two canteens.

I’m absolutely thrilled to see this magnificent project reach fruition, and to be invited to officially open St Colmcille’s. This initiative has been a priority for me and for the entire community throughout my time as a public representative in Dublin South. It really is fantastic to see this wonderful school up and running and I warmly congratulate the Boards of Management and the many people – including my colleague Minister Jan O’Sullivan – who have helped turn this dream into reality.


The new St Colmcille’s school is one of nine major educational investments made in Dublin South since this government came to office in March 2011.

The Government’s five year schools’ investment programme had seen more than €2 billion spent on school building projects, including a €57 million for replacing prefab units and new classroom accommodation for more than 75,000 pupils across the country.