School History

Scoil Naomh Barra, Wilkinstown is a co-educational Roman Catholic Primary School under the patronage of Dr. Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath.  The school, situated 6km from Navan on the Navan – Kingscourt Road, opened on the 20th of September 1971 with the amalgamation of Kilbarry and Wilkinstown National Schools.  It was then a three teacher school.  The new school was built in Wilkinstown and was named after Barra, a saint who had a Cill – (little Church) in Kilbarry.  The principal was Mr. Tom Sherlock.  Mrs. Marie Duffy (assistant) former principal of Kilbarry and Antoinette Stack (assistant) were the other staff members.  In 1976 Fidelma O’Neill and Nuala Tallon (nee Darcy) joined the staff. Michael Forry became the next Principal of Scoil Naomh Barra and continued in this roll for 29 years. Maria Rogers was appointed as a class teacher soon afterwards. She too served the school for lengthy number of years. In later years Kathleen Meade also joined the staff.