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Blarney Street School is a Catholic Primary School, which caters for children from Junior infants to 6th class. It operates under the patronage of the Diocese of Cork, under the Trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust and it fully supports the religious and educational philosophy of the founder Edmund Rice. 

In September 2021, we became a co-educational school welcoming girls into our school. This year we will have girls and boys together from infants up to 2nd class.

Our Ethos

The school recognises the central role of the family as the primary edcuator of the child. The school also accepts and supports the constitutional right and duty of the parents to provide for the religious, moral, intellectual, physical and social education of their children.

The school aims to provide the best possible environment to cater for the cultural, educational, moral, physical, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions of all of its students, with the resoures available to us.

The focus of the school philosophy is the education of the whole child to reach their full potential. We show special concern for the disadvantaged, respecting the dignity and uniqueness of each person. Conscious of the legacy of Edmund Rice, our school upholds the values and principles of a Christian education in the Catholic tradition.

Working together as a school community, the Board of Management, Principal, staff, parents and pupils will strive to provide an environment, which will allow all students to develop to their maximum potential and fulfil their role in society.

"Inspiring every child to achieve more"

Our mission statement is "Inspiring every child to achieve more." Our School is committed to the full and proper development of all aspects of the individual pupil. for personal and family life, for working working life, for living in the community and for leisure. We are committed to providing the best possible environment to facilitate this development. 

A brief history of our school

It is difficult for us today to imagine the poverty and lack of educational opportunity in Blarney Street area and neighbourhood 150 years ago. Set high above the Marsh area of Cork it looked down onto one of the most affluent parts of the city. But shortly after the great famine there was a glimmer of hope - a school, to be run by a dedicated but relatively young order of Christian Brothers for the education of young boys. The order had been invited to set up a school by the Rev. Daniel Foley and Mr. James Hegarty, a local businessman.​​

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