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  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.


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.


The Primary School Curriculum for Parenting and education in Ireland


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


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.


Tel: 1890-924567

Provides services for victims of abuse and non abusing members of their families.


Tel: 1-800 666 666

This is a service run by the ISPCC for any child in trouble or danger.


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.


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 ( has links to local contact details around the country.


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.


Head Office: 16 – 22 Green Street, Dublin 7.

Tel: 01 873 8700

Fax: 01 873 8799


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.


12 Marlboro Court, Dublin 1.

Tel: 01-8874477.

NPC represents the view of parents on all important educational bodies.


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.


Tel: 01-873 3500.

Provides a phone line which offers support and advice to parents particularly in times of stress.


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


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