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De La Salle N.S.1957 --1989

Good Shepherd N.S. 1989 - '90.

Good Shepherd N.S. 1989 - '90.

Good Shepherd N.S. 1989 - '90.

Good Shepherd N.S. 1989 - '90.

Good Shepherd N.S. 1989 - '90.

Good Shepherd N.S. 1989 - '90.

Go to our current photo galleries to see how much our school has changed since 1989!

Very Reverend Canon Patrick FitzSimons, 16thAugust 1923 16 November 2009.

Canon FitzSimons was our former Chairperson, Parish Priest and Friend. When Our Lady of Loreto Girls N.S. and De La Salle Boys N.S. announced their closures at the end of 1988, Canon FitzSimons fought a long battle to retain a Catholic school in Churchtown Parish. He used to say that he “sat on the steps of the Department of Education in Marlborough Street” until they agreed to his proposals! The result was the opening of a new amalgamated co-educational school on the 1st September 1989 – The Good Shepherd National School.

When he retired as parish priest in 1999 he continued as Chairperson of the Good Shepherd N.S. Board of Management for five more years until he was 80 years of age!

Canon FitzSimons was so proud of the many great achievements of the school down through the years, academic, musical, sporting and artistic and he read our newsletters with great interest right up until the week before his death.

He is sadly missed but he has left an enduring legacy in the happy, nurturing, and inclusive ethos of Good Shepherd N.S. and the accomplishments of our past and present pupils in so many fields.

President Mary Robinson and Principal John Curran

at the official opening

Bishop Eamonn Walsh blesses the new school

at the official opening

President Mary Robinson and Principal John Curran

June 1990

10th Anniversary September 1999

21st Anniversary