About Our School


St Finian’s is a co-educational school which was established in 1975. It was established to serve the population of Finglas South in the parish of Rivermouth. Children at that time were being bussed to schools in Cabra! The school opened its doors on the 7th of January. 87 children were enrolled that day. By the 31st of January the enrolment had risen to 632 pupils. Jim O’Shaughnessy was the first principal. He retired in 2008. Helen Coleman became the next principal until 2017. Our current principal is Maria O’Connell.

Today the school has 19 teachers, 8 SNAs and 2 Childcare workers. Our current enrolment is 241 from Junior infants to Sixth Class. We also have a preschool, Early Start, which can accommodate 30 children. We are under the patronage of the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Our school community aspires to promote self-esteem through open and respectful relationships. We aim to provide a place of nurturing for our children. We aim to enhance the well-being of all our school community, promoting a love of learning in a safe and caring environment.


St Finians has been at the heart of the parish for over 40 years.
We have many parents and grandparents as past pupils accompanying the next generations of children to school every morning!

The school is named after Saint Finian, born in 470 AD, the patron saint of Meath. Saint Finian was a famous educator who studied with St Canice and St Malachy. He founded a monastic school in Clonard in Meath which lasted until the 17th Century.


Principal : Maria O’Connell
Rose – Junior Infants A
Sile – Junior Infants B
Hannah – Senior Infants
Amy – Senior Infants
Ciara – 1st
Sinead – 2nd
Averyl – 3rd
Becky – 3rd
Ailish – 4th
Janet/Sarah – 5th
Eoghan – 5th
Ciaran – 6th

Sorcha – Nurture Room
Terry – SET
Lisa -SET
Megan – SET
Paul – SET
Sarah – SET

Board of Management

Fr Seamus Ahearne (Chairperson)
Maria O’Connell (Principal)
Ciaran Crotty (Teacher representative)
Sister Liz Lawler (Patron representative)
Michelle Smith (Parent representative)
Mark Nathan (Parent representative)
Patsy Mohan (Community representative)
Brid Sullivan (Community representative)