Who we are?

About Ard Rí CNS

Ard Rí is a recently established Community National School, opening its doors in September 2010. Our school community has grown steadily over of the years, enrolling one class of Junior Infants in each year of development. We have grown from having just 7 children enrolled in Junior Infants in September 2010 to having 223 children in September 2017. We have created an entirely inclusive and respectful learning environment where all children regardless of nationality, race or creed feel valued and nurtured in their development.

Ard Rí CNS is first and foremost a school. Our main aim is to provide the best quality education to the children in our care. Children of all religious beliefs and none; have those beliefs nourished within the school day. Our starting point in everything we do is not what separates us but rather what we have in common; which provides an infinitely stronger basis on which to develop a learning community. The principles of active tolerance and mutual respect are the cornerstones on which our school community is built.

The school name ‘Ard Rí’ means ‘High King’ in Irish. We are located in the heart of the Boyne Valley, only a few hundred meters from the River Boyne. The Hill of Tara, which is where the ancient High Kings of Ireland sat in Celtic times, is on our doorstep. It is said also that the legendary Salmon of Knowledge was caught from a pool in the river under a hazel tree near the end of our lane. We love to instil a good knowledge of the heritage of the area into our students and we visit The Hill of Tara regularly.


The Community National School model was established in 2008 and has been evolving ever since. Louth Meath Education and Training Board is soon to become the patron of Ard Rí. Community National Schools are primary schools founded in local communities. Community National Schools serve the community in which they stand. Therefore no two schools are identical. However all Community National Schools are under pinned by four main cornerstones; Excellence in Education, Equality-Based, Community Focused, Multidenominational.

Ard Rí CNS is temporarily located on the grounds of Navan Rugby Club at Balreask Old. It is envisaged that the school will move to a site in the Navan area in the coming years.

Staff 2017-2018

  • Principal – Darragh Roe
  • Deputy Principal – Emer Kavanagh
  • Junior Infant Teacher – Maria O’Connor
  • Junior & Senior Infant Teacher – Catherine Dooley
  • Senior Infant Teacher – Karen Dunne
  • First Class Teacher – Ciara Olwill
  • First & Second Class Teacher – Naomi Davis
  • Third Class Teacher – Jack Scannell
  • Fourth Class Teacher – Rachel Plummer
  • Fifth & Sixth Class Teacher – Edel Barry
  • Special Education Team – Emer Kavanagh & Tara Power
  • Special Needs Assistants – Nuala Flanagan, Irene Carr, Mary McCabe & Margaret Fitzgerald