Assumption Primary School

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First mentioned in newspaper in 1963. Seen on 1958 map (wrong?).

In the late 50’s and early 60’s Walkinstown was an growing suburb of Dublin and was in need of a Secondary School. When the school opened, in 1962 there were only 94 students and 9 teachers. Over the years the school community and the building have increased in size. The original building was designed by the architects Jones and Kelly, 6 Waterloo Road, Dublin 4 in the early 6o’s. In 1971 the school hall/gym was designed by Louis Breannan and Associates of Adelaide, road Dublin 2 and in the early 70’s Breannan and Associates were also involved in the first extension of the school. It consisted of a two-storey extension. This extension contained the building of a library, a new science laboratory, a home economics room and a multipurpose room.  At the time Fr Dennis Horgan was the Parish priest and he blessed the school (Primary Source, Sister Mary).

Between the 1970’s and early 1990’s there was a great economically and physical transformation in Walkinstown. In the space of 20 years the area had transformed for a quite farming region of Dublin to a developed suburb of the city, there is evidence of this development in the area for example as was stated earlier in this blog there was a Pig farm Directly across from the school up until the mid-80’s. With this in mind it was essential for the school to expand and cope with the influx of people in the surrounding area. Following a strong lobbying campaign, Our Lady of the Assumption School received a grant to build new classrooms. At on the 3rd of May 1993, construction began on the second extension of the school. The pre-fab buildings were demolished and in their place six new classrooms including an art room and a block of toilets were built. This time Moloney, O’Beirne and Partners were the architects and the also supervised some upgrading work in 2001 after a fire damaged parts of the school (Primary source, Hoey).

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Building Details
Longitude: -6.332190249335075
Latitude: 53.323213743877794
Kilnamanagh Road
Still exists: Yes Architect: Louis Breannan and Associates of Adelaide, road Dublin 2