About Our Primary School

St Nicholas’ Primary School is a co-educational, multidenominational, child-centred school with a long tradition of serving the youth of Galway. It is located in the heart of Galway City in Waterside, Woodquay. It is situated beside the Town Hall Theatre and is within close walking distance of the university (NUIG) and the hospital (UHG).

Our Primary school aims to provide an opportunity for each child to reach his/her potential in a co-educational setting and friendly atmosphere, Our Primary school aims to develop in each child the capacity to think clearly, creatively and critically and is a place where moral values and civic responsibility are nurtured and protected.

The Irish Primary Curriculum is delivered in an integrated manner, respective and appreciative of different religious affiliations and of different nationalities of the world. Facilities are available for children who wish to make their First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Due to the central location of our Galway City Primary School (beside the Town Hall Theatre), our pupils have the opportunity to attend many different educational events within the city. The children regularly visit the Town Hall Theatre, Dubray Book Shop, The Black Box Theatre, The Galway City Museum, The City Library, Woodquay Park, The Plots (football pitch), The University, The Hospital and many other locations of interest.

Our school also offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities such as Swimming, Hockey, Drama, Chinese, French, Zumba, Ladybirds, Brownies, Music and Yoga.

St. Nicholas’ have an After School Facility in the school which facilitates homework and provides a range of activities.

The majority of the sixth class pupils transfer to local secondary schools in the Galway area.



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What’s Happening?

‘The Chronicles of Cadaver College’ by Olive Mooney

The Author Olive Mooney is coming in on Friday to read a selection of excerpts from her series of books called ‘The Chronicles of Cadaver College’. She will be meeting with the children from 3rd to 6th Class. We are really looking forward to her visit!... read more

Food Waste Talk

3rd – 6th Class had a talk this morning on how to reduce food waste. They discussed things such as ideas on how to reduce waste, the difference between ‘best before’, ‘display until’ and ‘use by’. The children were very engaged in the discussion and learned a lot on... read more

Archaeology Talk with Dr. Barton

Dr. Barton met with all the classes today. He discussed the meaning of archaeology, the role of the archaeologist and investigated and created stories about some artefacts he had gathered. No doubt we have some future archaeologists in our midst at St. Nicholas’!... read more


St. Nicholas’ is a very special school because it is petit in size but huge in ideas. The children are spoiled with different afterschool activities like Chinese, Brownies, hockey, and the most loved by my daughter…swimming! The teachers are dedicated and caring. I recommend this school to all of my friends.