The Canal Way ET story by Ivana Bacik and Henri McKervey

As Dublin 8 parents playing the school-waiting-list waiting game, we were only too familiar with the huge demand for multi-denominational school places. We each had a child due to begin Junior Infants in 2010. However, the combined waiting list of the two local multi-denominational schools was approximately 500 children!

The school that will open as Canal Way ET NS began as a conversation over a coffee just before Christmas 2009. We had the first official meeting of 'Canal Way Multi Denominational School' in Ivana's kitchen in January 2010, and it was clear from that first meeting that there were plenty of parents out there who were as frustrated by the lack of multi-denominational school places as we were. We established a committee as a result of that first meeting and began to get ourselves organised. Innocently, we thought that just by demonstrating demand a new school would be recognised in time for September 2010! At times we have both sought recognition for a new school on a stand-alone basis and looked for a transformation from an existing Catholic school.

We became affiliated to our patron body Educate Together almost immediately and they - particularly Amy Mulvihill and Paul Rowe - have always been a huge support and source of information and advice.

It's been a busy few years since then. We've held events attended by well over a thousand people in total, we've fundraised, we've campaigned, we've had volunteers dressing up in bear costumes, we've protested outside the Dáil, we've petitioned, we've lobbied, we've asked nicely, we've complained.... but most importantly, we never gave up. And our perseverance and the perseverance and loyal support of our many members in this area and other local areas, has finally resulted in the wonderful news that our new school will open this September.

As of June 2013, there are over 1,000 people on the mailing list and hundreds of children pre-enrolled from this year up to 2018. The school that started life over a coffer has become a part of our community and our future.


ETHOS: This month, our Core Value is Friendship. We are having a Positive Mental Health week for the children next week, and shall have visitors and lots of fun activities during the week. ETHX Secondary School Campaign Update The ETHX campaign will hold a public meeting in the Griffith Barracks school hall on Thursday 31 […]

Winter Fundraiser

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5th/6th managed to beat last years record of just over 500 euro for Focus Ireland! We raised 830.49 for the Simon Community. Thanks so much to everyone for your contributions!

Winter Concert and fundraiser


We had a fantastic two mornings on Tuesday and Wednesday for our 2018 winter concert. The hall was buzzing with singing, jokes, poetry and amazing performances from all of our classes. A big well done to our sixth class for presenting so well. We also want to say a huge thank you to all of […]

Newsletter 06.12.2018

Welcome to our Newsletter – 06/12/2018 Garden Volunteers Wilma and Ingrid are looking for volunteers in the school garden for this Saturday 8th December from 9am – 12pm. We will be installing the new timber edging and planting up the new woodland border. Volunteers should bring gloves, tools for planting and spades. Please let the office […]

N£EWSLETTER 22.11.2018

Newsletter Nov 21st 2018 ETHOS: Human Rights month is in progress, and children are enjoying learning about rights, wants and responsibilities. SCHOOL PLANNING Following workshops, staff meetings, and reflection on our journey so far, we have drafted a School Vision Statement and Mission Statement which will form part of our School Plan. We are proposing this draft for […]


Vision Statement Canal Way Educate Together aspires to create a school where children can reach their highest potential in a safe, nurturing and respectful environment. Our vision at Canal Way Educate Together is to graduate happy, engaged, open-minded, empathetic, educated citizens.   Mission Statement Canal Way Educate Together National School (CWETNS) is a child centred, co-educational, equality based, democratically run primary school […]

Newsletter 11.11.2018

Welcome to this weeks newsletter, Table Quiz this Friday – see below for details – Table Quiz fundraiser at 8pm, Friday 16th November, McGowan’s Pub in Harold’s Cross. More details below. Ethos – Core Value for November is Equality. This month is Human Rights Month. Human Rights are a pillar of our Ethos, and children […]