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?

City Tribune

St. Nicholas’ pupils take pride of place on the front page of the City Tribune this week and also on Page 42 within! What beautiful photos of a very special Carol Service last Friday – Maith Sibh a Pháistí! #HiddenGem... read more

Santa Hats

How skilled were these children today who followed the recipe to a T and ended up with ‘Santa Hats’ for their lunch! They were also thoughtful enough to leave the extra one for Santa himself but then they changed their minds and gave it to Ms Walsh instead!!... read more

Teddy Bear Hospital 2019

We are delighted to get the word that Infants, First and Second Class will be going to the Teddy Bear Hospital on January 18th 2019! More details to follow! read more


A lovely, friendly atmosphere; children and pupils happy to be there. What is really nice is that children from different age groups all know each other. My daughter says: “There are no bullies in our school!” The small size of the school means each child gets plenty of attention. (Eavan)