About St. Gabriel's School

About St. Gabriel’s School

We have had big changes in Sept/Oct 2019. We said goodbye to John Murphy as Principal but he will always be a friend of our school. We welcome Siobhán Murphy as our new Principal as of October 1st. Below is a message from Siobhán:

My name is Siobhán Murphy and I am from Cork.  I had my first introduction to special education in St. Mary of the Angels in Beaufort, Co. Kerry, when I was in Transition Year at St. Joseph’s Convent School in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick.  That experience stayed with me and I ended up writing my final year project at the University of Limerick (Law and French) on “Anti-discrimination legislation for people with disabilities: a bill of rights for people with disabilities”.  I worked in UL for many years in the languages department and in the University of Limerick Language Centre.  I travelled the world promoting Ireland, Limerick and UL.   There I learned about the need to believe in an organisation and promote its best attributes while trying to fix its deficiencies.  I went back to college and became a primary school teacher in the last 10 years.  I did the postgrad and Masters in SEN in Mary Immaculate College 4 years ago and I appreciate the resource we have there (as well as in UL and LIT) in academic knowledge, teaching and learning.  Indeed, I hope that we can collaborate with their SEN teams/Science teams/music therapy teams, etc.  in various ways into the future.   Perhaps the most useful learning period I have ever had in relation to St. Gabriel’s was at St. Pat’s in Dublin, the induction course for SPGLD.

I am passionate about teaching and learning for those who perhaps do not learn or engage with the world in the way that the world is set up to expect.  I look forward to promoting that passion throughout the school and giving our students the best possible chance to reach their potential at school. 


A warm welcome to St Gabriel’s School, located in Dooradoyle in Limerick. We hope that you find our website both interesting and informative. It aims to show the many ways we are working together to achieve our vision;

“ To be a community of learners – children, staff and parents – aiming high to excel and exceed. We believe in motivating and inspiring all learners so they embrace their challenges with resilience and we support them to learn and develop to achieve to their potential. ”

St Gabriel’s School is an all through school welcoming learners from 4 to 18 years of age. We are a caring and nurturing environment where we encourage all our children to be ‘Aiming High’ each and every day. We teach our children to respect themselves and show respect and appreciation for others.

We provide an exciting curriculum so that all our pupils are able to develop their interests and talents and become happy, lifelong learners who acquire the skills and abilities and to become confident adults.

We motivate and inspire our pupils through providing high-quality experiences rooted in Assistive Technology and by offering a broad and balanced curriculum.

The pupil/teacher ratio is 6:1, with support from our SNAs.

The children have access to relevant therapies during school hours, including occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, hydrotherapy and nursing support. For more information on these therapies, visit St. Gabriel’s Centre website.

Our School Aims

  • To be an inclusive school where all members of our community are valued equally and shown respect.
  • To work alongside parents/carers and the wider community to provide the best education for our young people.
  • To raise standards of attainment and achievement by having high expectations of the teaching and learning in our school.
  • To maintain a safe, calm and ordered environment where creativity and hard work go hand in hand.