Community Links

St Francis NS Facebook Page for parents – a closed group administered by our School staff and our Parent’s Association

The Parish of Haggardstown and Blackrock

Blackrock Village Website

Jascom Consulting Limited is a Dundalk based award winning digital studio specialising in web design and run by a parent of St Francis NS. We are very grateful for his help in putting together this website!

Paula Kavanagh is a wedding and portrait photographer based in the North East (Dundalk, Co Louth) providing a relaxed and friendly photography service and working throughout Ireland.
As a former parent of pupils at St Francis, Paula regularly takes photographs at special school events and we are very grateful to her for much of the photography on this website.

Blackrock Tidy Towns is one of the principal community groups in the village. Their objective is to make Blackrock a better place in which to live, and a more pleasant place to visit.  The village was Louth’s Tidiest Town in the 2018 National Tidy Towns competition and was awarded a Gold Medal.
Their current committee comprises John Horan (chair), Joe Bailey (vice-chair), Brian McElroy (treasurer), Ann Campbell (secretary), Gearóid McMahon (PRO), Marie McCallion and Eileen Carter (schools liason), Gerry Hughes, Ann Fennelly, Attracta Roche, Garrett Shine, Catherine Duff, Michael O’Sullivan and Donal Lynch.  For more information email blackrocktt@gmail.com. You can also find them on Facebook

Blackrock Park is a facility for all the community built by the community. Recent developments include a new sports area for local teens, a bio diversity area and a playground.
These and future initiatives are funded by a combination of community fundraising and grant aid. You can find them on Facebook.

Crosscause

Geraldines GAA Founded in 1904, Geraldines GFC a hugely successful club has returned to the senior ranks of Louth football in 2014, representing the parish of Haggardstown and Blackrock.

 

Parenting/Primary

The Primary School Curriculum

Schooldays.ie for Parenting and education in Ireland

ANTI-BULLYING CENTRE
Room 3125, Arts Building, Trinity College,
Dublin 2.  Tel. 01-6081240
Provides a service to teachers, parents and others seeking information and advice about bullying

BARNARDOS
Christchurch Square, Dublin 8.
Tel. 01-4530355
Barnardo’s is an organisation working to improve the quality of children’s lives by providing a range of services to children and their families.

C.A.R.I. FOUNDATION,
Tel. 1890-924567
Provides services for victims of abuse and non abusing members of their families.

CHILDLINE
Tel: 1-800 666 666
This is a service run by the ISPCC for any child in trouble or danger.

COOL SCHOOL PROGRAMME
Tel: 041-9067040/ 041-9843646
The Cool School Anti-Bullying Programme was developed within the North Eastern Health Board’s Child Psychiatry Service. It is an Anti-Bullying programme and support service targeted at second level schools and specifically tailored to the Irish context.

DISABILITY FEDERATION OF IRELAND
Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.
Tel: 01-4547978.
Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) is the national support organisation and advocate for voluntary organisations in Ireland who provide services to people with disabilities and disabling conditions.

HEALTH SERVICE EXECUTIVE
If you have concerns about the welfare of a child or if you have concerns that a child is at risk of abuse you should contact your local duty social worker. their website (www.hse.ie) has links to local contact details around the country.

ISPCC
20 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: 01-679 4944
The I.S.P.C.C. is a child protecting, child centred society which has as its primary aim the protection of every child’s right to a safe passage through childhood.

NATIONAL EDUCATION WELFARE BOARD
Head Office: 16 – 22 Green Street, Dublin 7. Tel: 01 873 8700 Fax: 01 873 8799 Email: info@newb.ie
The National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB) was established in 2002 and has a statutory function to ensure that every child either attends a school or otherwise receives an education. In particular, the Board has a key role in following up on children who are not attending school regularly, and where there is a concern about the child’s educational welfare.

NATIONAL PARENTS’ COUNCIL (PRIMARY).
12 Marlboro Court, Dublin 1.
Tel. 01-8874477
NPC represents the view of parents on all important educational bodies.

ONE IN FOUR
2 Holles Street, Dublin. Tel. 01-6624070
One in Four offers a voice to and support to men and women who have experienced sexual abuse and/or sexual violence and also to their family and friends.

PARENTLINE
Tel. 01-873 3500
Provides a phone line which offers support and advice to parents particularly in times of stress.

RAPE CRISIS CENTRES
The Rape Crisis Centres offer counselling and advice to victims of rape and sexual assault.

WEBWISE
NCTE, Dublin City University, Dublin 9
Webwise provides parents, teachers and children with educational resources, advice and tools promoting safer more effective use of internet and mobile phone technologies

 

Health Promotion

Drugwatch Children’s Comprehensive Health Guide – From Newborn to Preteen
When should my baby see a doctor? How does bullying affect my preteen? What medications are potentially dangerous for children? These are common questions parents have as their children reach different stages of their growth and development. Some children may face obesity, diabetes or hearing loss; others may require glasses or an EpiPen for allergies. You can promote children’s well-being by learning how their bodies grow, what diseases or disorders to look out for and how to identify risky products.

 

Primary Schools

There are two other national schools in our parish:
1. St Oliver Plunkett National School, Blackrock
2. St Fursey’s National School, Haggardstown

 

Secondary Schools in the area

De La Salle College, Castleblaney Road Dundalk Co. Louth
Colaiste Rís, Chapel Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth
O Fiaich College, Dublin Road Dundalk Co. Louth
St Louis Secondary School, Dun Lughaidh Dundalk Co Louth
Dundalk Grammar School, Dundalk Co Louth.  See Video here
St Mary’s College, Dundalk Co Louth.  See Video here
Cholaiste Chú Chulainn, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Bush Post Primary School, Riverstown Dundalk Co Louth
St Vincent’s Secondary School, Seatown Place Dundalk Co. Louth

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