Gerald Griffin St. Cork



 North Presentation Primary School 


A Learning Oasis

 North Presentational Primary School are on a high as they celebrate the opening of their new outdoor classroom and the granting of their co-educational status for September 2021. To mark this new phase, the school have launched a video of their wonderful facilities; a new outdoor classroom, the adjoining convent gardens and a fantastic synthetic playground complete with running track. North Presentation is a buzzing school oasis, based only minutes’ walk from the city centre, in the shadow of the North Cathedral and St. Anne’s Church, Shandon. It has so much to offer the children of the area and the staff have made every effort possible to enhance the facilities during the Lockdown periods.

 School Principal, Ms. Nickie Egan said “The new outdoor classroom has been a huge boost for the pupils and staff, as it allows the children to engage in learning in a different environment, while getting some fresh air. We are also very lucky that the North Presentation Sisters have so kindly allowed us to use their beautiful convent gardens, which are a learning oasis in the middle of the city. Many people do not even know about these gardens, they are our best kept secret and the children love exploring there! Although it has been a very difficult year for everyone, we feel that the outdoor classroom and the granting of co-educational status has been the silver lining for us. We look forward to seeing the school continue to prosper and grow over the coming years.”

 Applications are now open for the Early Start Pre-school facility, which offers morning or afternoon pre-school facilities for children aged between 3 years 2 months and 4 years 7 months. The school is also accepting applications for children from Junior Infants upwards, and look forward to September when there will be 2nd class boys in the school for the first time in its’ history. Almost 300 years after Nano Nagle first began teaching the children of the locality, the teachers of North Presentation Primary School continue her legacy, with a few hidden gems in the new outdoor classroom and convent gardens!  For more information on enrollments, please contact



March 2021

Update from Principal

Dear Parents,

We are all back in school at last – yippee!!

We have worked so hard this school year to keep your children, and our whole school community, safe, happy and well. We are very proud of how well we have done in this as a school and are so grateful to you all for your wonderful part in this. How lucky we are here in North Pres. to have such amazing parents involved in our school. We truly believe that and thank you for it!

We all have the responsibility now to keep both ourselves and each other safe. Over 300 people enter our school each day. You are not only responsible for yourself and your own child but for everyone in our lovely school community. Please follow guidelines. Keep us safe. Keep us in school. 

  • Please be aware at the gate in the morning and afternoons of the guidelines.
  • No gathering or congregating or chatting in groups please. Drop and go. Collect and go. 
  • When waiting for drop off or collection every adult and child should be 2 metres from all others. Please queue correctly. 
  • Masks must be worn by adults at all times – no mask means no entry through the school gates.
  • If you have returned from another country your child cannot come to school for the required 14 days.
  • If your child or a member of your family is unwell please for the safety of all keep them at home. 
  • “If in doubt keep them out”

School starts for ALL at 8.40 am. 

Junior and Senior Infants finish at 1.20 pm 

1st – 6th Classes finish at 2.20 pm

All our love,

Nickie & Staff

Please keep up the good work. 

  • Please stay away from other people as much as possible.
  • Do not visit others houses and do not let them visit yours.
  • Keep up the handwashing, sanitizing and cough or sneeze etiquette.
  • Do not travel out of Cork but if you have done this remember to isolate or quarantine when you return.

You have relied on us since August to protect your beautiful precious children and keep them safe. We have done our very best to do this.

The staff have relied on myself and school management to protect and keep them safe and I am doing my very best to do that.

I have relied on staff to follow all procedures and guidelines both in school and in their private lives to keep themselves and your children safe and they are doing their very best to do that.


Keep up the good work and let’s all keep ourselves and our children safe!

 Nickie & North Pres. Staff






Our school is situated in the historic centre of Cork City under the Shandon Bells and a stone’s throw from the Cork Butter Market.

North Pres. has a long and proud history of education on the northside of Cork city. Our aim is to combine the best traditions of the Presentation ethos with modern teaching aids and ideas so that our pupils can look forward to the future with confidence and skills.


North Presentation Primary School caters for boys and girls from Junior Infants. We have been granted coeducational status on a phased basis. Details for enrolment are as follows:

For the 2021-2022 school year we will have boys and girls from Junior Infants – 2nd Class and girls only from 3rd Class – 6th Class

For the 2022 – 2023 school year we will have boys and girls from Junior Infants – 3rd Class and girls only from 4th Class – 6th Class

It will continue in this manner each year. By the year 2026 we will be fully coeducational. 

We have an Early Start Pre-School catering for girls and boys aged 3 to 4 years.

  • Our school is a Catholic school founded by the Presentation Order. We also welcome and cater for children from all other religions.
  • North Pres. School is a diverse community with pupils from more than 40  Ethnicities. We encourage respect and inclusivity.
  • We see parents as the primary educators and value their contribution to our school through our active Parents’ Association and our Home-School-Community Links Programme.

School Policies and Plans are available to parents from the Principal’s Office and are available to download and view from the Policies Page (see link on the right hand bar).