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Principal’s Message

As the principal of Harold’s Cross National School, I am delighted to welcome you to our school website. 

Harold’s Cross National School is a co-educational vibrant, innovative and dynamic school which provides a first-rate education for the children from the Harold’s Cross community, and indeed far beyond. Our families come mainly from Harold’s Cross, Kimmage, Terenure, Rathgar, Crumlin, Walkinstown and Drimnagh but to name a few. Many span from across the seven continents.

While the ethos of Harold’s Cross National School is Catholic, we are delighted to welcome those of other denominations and faiths. Our school is highly inclusive and we actively promote an understanding of diversity, inclusivity and respect towards other faiths.

Our mission is the pursuit of excellence in all areas of school life, which is achieved by maintaining a clear focus on developing the full potential of every student. We emphasise the fundamental importance of a wide range of moral values including honesty, integrity, kindness and respect. In doing so our ultimate goal is to enable the children to take their place in society as mature, responsible, informed and tolerant human beings.

We cater for students from junior infants through to sixth class. We have a double stream and have just under 400 students. We have a Montessori on-site that also caters for children from 2 years and 8 months.

I hope that you will be able to witness elements of the daily life of our school by exploring our website. We look forward to welcoming and working with you for the benefit of your children.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch either by phone or by email.

Le gach dea dhuí,

Mr. Mark Glynn


School Ethos

Harold’s Cross National School is a catholic school under the patronage of the Archbishop of Dublin. The school aims to promote the full and harmonious development of all aspects of its pupils. This includes their intellectual, physical, cultural, moral, social linguistic and spiritual attributes.

“The school provides education for pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of pupils in the Catholic Faith” [Catholic Primary School Managers Association Handbook].

In line with the school’s ethos, Harold’s Cross National School respects the diversity of cultures, traditions and languages that co-exist in Irish society today. We welcome and value the contributions of those whose traditions differ from our own.

Mission Statement

In our school we care deeply about the children who have been entrusted to us by their parents or guardians. We have high expectations for each and every child. Every child is encouraged to fully realise his or her potential; educationally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. We strive to foster independence, self-confidence, resilience and we encourage the children to be honest, hard-working and to do their best at all times.

In keeping with our Catholic ethos, we foster their spiritual development through a growing knowledge and love of God. We respect others and we care for those around us. We promote equality and we celebrate diversity, endeavouring to create a sense of inclusion and community where we honour, respect, and value that diversity, while upholding the integrity and Catholic ethos of the school.

Our school is a positive and happy environment where the children in our care feel safe, cared for, and respected.

We acknowledge that parents are the primary carers of their children and, as our partners in education; we encourage their involvement and support. As teachers, we have a positive and open attitude and wish to nurture an atmosphere of mutual trust, respect and understanding. We recognise that each child is unique and it is our hope and vision to cherish, nurture and develop their uniqueness.

Principal: Mr. Mark Glynn

Acting Deputy-Principal: Ms. Michelle Moriarty

Our Staff

Harold’s Cross National has twenty-six teachers, five SNAs, a secretary, a caretaker and three members of hygiene staff. 

Our teaching staff include: an administrative principal, sixteen class teachers, eight SEN teachers, and a HSCL teacher.

Our High Hopes team consists of six staff members who work across a range of services provided by High Hopes. 

All staff are dedicated to helping the children to become their best selves.

Office Staff

Mr. M Glynn


Nikki Murphy

School Secretary

Class Teachers

Ms. L Curtis

Junior Infants

Ms. E Muldowney

Junior Infants

Ms. L Linehan

Senior Infants

Ms. K Judge

Senior Infants

Ms. G Cooney

First Class

Ms. A. Mulderrig

First Class

Ms. S Kirrane

Second Class

Ms. E Lowe

Second Class

Mr. C Rowan

Third Class

Ms. J Walsh

Third Class

Ms. E O’Meara

Fourth Class

Mr. P McGrath

Fourth Class

Ms. A. Cahill

Fifth Class

Mr. K Sweeney

Fifth Class

Ms. C Murray

Sixth Class

Ms. M Moriarty

Sixth Class

SET Team

  • Ms. M. McGeough
  • Ms. A. Everlien
  • Ms. E. Clarke
  • Ms. E. Stone
  • Ms. E. Keogh
  • Ms. M. Moriarty
  • Ms. E. Deane
  • Ms. A. O’Meara (HSCL )

SNA Team

  • Ms. L. Morris
  • Ms. P. Brophy
  • Mr. M. Hurn
  • Ms. C. Kerley
  • Ms. E. Canning

Ancillary Team

  • Pat Fay
  • Ana Popa
  • Maria Plesu
  • Celine Broderick

ISM Team

  • Mr. M. Glynn
  • Ms. M. Moriarty
  • Ms. A. Everlien
  • Ms. E. O’Meara
  • Ms. K. Judge
  • Ms. E. Stone
  • Ms. C. Murray
  • Ms. L. Curtis

School Policies

All schools need to have policies and procedures to help them guide the actions of all individuals involved in the school community. They ensure and endorse the wellbeing of all pupils, their families, staff, volunteers and everyone who is connected to the school.

Policies and procedures help to familiarise members of the school community with the school’s practices, and gives information about what to expect from the school.

Policies are regularly reviewed to ensure they meet the needs of the school community, whilst taking into account the possible changes that have happened since they were initially drawn up.

Listed below are some of Harold’s Cross National School’s policies. Please check regularly for updates. Hard copies of all policies are available from the office on request.

At the beginning of the 19th century, there was no formal education system in Ireland and the only education available to Catholic children was in ‘Hedge schools’. In 1831 the (British) Government introduced the National Education System in Ireland and the National School Board decided to establish a school for the 1101 inhabitants of Harold’s Cross. A National School was opened in the old Catholic Chapel beside to Mount Jerome. It cost £94 to convert the chapel into a school and a further £20 to buy desks, books etc.

1860s: the entrance to Mount Jerome. The National School is on the far right.

1860s: the entrance to Mount Jerome. The National School is on the far right.


The school operated Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. and the pupils (all boys) paid a penny a week if they could afford it (only about a quarter of the pupils paid). The first Principal (and teacher) of Harold’s Cross National School was Michael Crosbie who was paid £10 per year. The school rolls showed that of the 120 students registered approximately 100 attended school regularly.

In 1878 the school building was demolished and rebuilt for £336, with extensions in 1886 and 1907. However the building was considered inadequate and overcrowding was a persistent problem despite low attendance. An average of 92 of the 224 students attended school each day to be taught by two teachers.

There was originally a girl’s section of Harold’s Cross National School but it transferred to St. Clare’s Convent in 1840. The school operated Monday to Friday 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. and, again, some of the students paid a penny a week.

In order to increase teacher’s salaries, Result Exams were introduced by the Government to be held every year. Teachers were paid according to their students results in Reading, Writing, Arithmetic (Maths), Spelling, Grammar, Geography, Music, Drawing, Algebra, Geometry and Measurement for every class (except Infants).

When Harold’s Cross became a separate Catholic Parish in 1935, the decision was made to build a new National School in Clareville Road. The school was built to accommodate boys and girls with separate sections for each and a shared hall. The school opened in 1937. By 1988, the boys and girls had combined into the boy’s section, leaving the girl’s section empty for several years. It was acquired in 1993 by Scoil Mológa as a mixed all-Irish Primary School

1897: Harold’s Cross National School beside Mount Jerome

1897: Harold’s Cross National School beside Mount Jerome
1897: Harold’s Cross National School beside Mount Jerome

The school building in 2004

The school building in 2004



The school has expanded several times since. 2009 saw the addition of the High Hopes Montessori. Following this two additional downstairs classrooms were built. In 2017 an extension saw the addition of two more classrooms and four new resources room upstairs as well as a beautiful new entrance lobby. Our most recent extension in 2019 saw the addition of four new classrooms and two new resource rooms along with an additional stairwell.

HCNS in 2010

HCNS in 2010

HCNS in 2018

HCNS in 2018

HCNS in 2022

HCNS in 2022

School Self Evaluation and School Improvement Planning:

Over the past number of years, School Self Evaluation has taken place in the areas of Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Gaeilge, PE and Digital Learning. The staff have readily embraced the whole concept of School Self Evaluation and this approach is becoming  embedded in teachers’ practice.

This coming September we will be starting a new cycle of School Self Evaluation in the areas of Numeracy, Science, Gaeilge and PE. Please find our SSE reports and plans below.

Whole School Evaluation: Management, Leadership and Learning

Click the following link to view a copy of our Whole School Evaluation Report which took place in February 2016.

WSE Report for HCNS

The Board of Management

Harold’s Cross National School is run by its Board of Management under the patronage of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. Our Patron is Archbishop Dermot Farrell. The board’s main function is to manage the school on behalf of the Patron, for the maximum benefit of the students and to provide the appropriate education for each student at the school.

The Board of Management meets regularly in accordance with the Rules and Constitution of Board of Managements. The Board aims to maintain and uphold the ethos of Harold’s Cross National School and to achieve cooperation, partnership and mutual respect between teachers, parents, the local community and the Patron.

The Board of Management is made up of eight members. This comprises of two Patron Nominees, two elected Parent Nominees, two Community Nominees, one Teacher Nominee and the school’s Principal.

The members of our Board of Management are as follows:

  • Denis Smith (Chairperson)
  • Robert Blake (Patron’s Nominee)
  • Michelle Farrell (Parent’s Nominee)
  • Jonathan Parsons (Parent’s Nominee)
  • Siobhán Lynch (Community Nominee)
  • Brian Healy (Community Nominee)
  • Mark Glynn (Principal)
  • Michelle Moriarty (Teacher’s Nominee)