The Canal Way ET story by Ivana Bacik and Henri McKervey

As Dublin 8 parents playing the school-waiting-list waiting game, we were only too familiar with the huge demand for multi-denominational school places. We each had a child due to begin Junior Infants in 2010. However, the combined waiting list of the two local multi-denominational schools was approximately 500 children!

The school that will open as Canal Way ET NS began as a conversation over a coffee just before Christmas 2009. We had the first official meeting of 'Canal Way Multi Denominational School' in Ivana's kitchen in January 2010, and it was clear from that first meeting that there were plenty of parents out there who were as frustrated by the lack of multi-denominational school places as we were. We established a committee as a result of that first meeting and began to get ourselves organised. Innocently, we thought that just by demonstrating demand a new school would be recognised in time for September 2010! At times we have both sought recognition for a new school on a stand-alone basis and looked for a transformation from an existing Catholic school.

We became affiliated to our patron body Educate Together almost immediately and they - particularly Amy Mulvihill and Paul Rowe - have always been a huge support and source of information and advice.

It's been a busy few years since then. We've held events attended by well over a thousand people in total, we've fundraised, we've campaigned, we've had volunteers dressing up in bear costumes, we've protested outside the Dáil, we've petitioned, we've lobbied, we've asked nicely, we've complained.... but most importantly, we never gave up. And our perseverance and the perseverance and loyal support of our many members in this area and other local areas, has finally resulted in the wonderful news that our new school will open this September.

As of June 2013, there are over 1,000 people on the mailing list and hundreds of children pre-enrolled from this year up to 2018. The school that started life over a coffer has become a part of our community and our future.

Newsletter 11.11.2018

Welcome to this weeks newsletter, Table Quiz this Friday – see below for details – Table Quiz fundraiser at 8pm, Friday 16th November, McGowan’s Pub in Harold’s Cross. More details below. Ethos – Core Value for November is Equality. This month is Human Rights Month. Human Rights are a pillar of our Ethos, and children […]

NEWSLETTER 19.10.2018

Ethos – We had a great Assembly this morning hosted by Ciara and Aileen. There was song, dance, reflection, thanks and laughter. Maths Week Lots happening around the school this week. Cian’s class was enjoying solving puzzles. Fiona’s class solved a puzzle by Henry Dudeny and were thinking strategically all week. Ciara’s class were tessellating […]

NEWSLETTER 05.10.2018


Welcome to this week’s newsletter, ETHOS – This month’s core value is Honesty. Our new Monday morning assemblies are a success so far, and we are learning about growth mind-set, learning through mistakes and philosophical questioning at these assemblies. Fridays assemblies are more performance based, and we enjoyed a fine performance from Third Class today, […]

NEWSLETTER 21.09.2018

Welcome to this weeks newsletter, CLASS MEETINGS: We are really looking forward to meeting you next week at your class meetings. To clarify, the children will be taken to the hall for activities, and the meeting will be in the class for ALL adults and teacher. It should take 20 – 25 minutes. Drop your […]

NEWSLETTER 07.09.2018

Welcome to the first newsletter of the year, ETHOS – This month’s Core Value is Happiness. The Jewish Festival of Rosh Hashanah will be celebrated from 9 – 11 September. WELCOME JUNIOR INFANTS: our new students are getting settled in at the moment, and it is truly great to have them with us. They are […]


Welcome this the last newsletter of the school year, SCHOOL PLAY – STRANGER SCHOOLS – Oh WHAT A NIGHT ! I am sure that by now you have all heard about the outstanding play that was performed during the week. Written by Zac, Charlie, Patrick, Stephen and teachers Shane and Hazel. The play was set […]