Coiscéim Education Centre


The Coiscéim Centre was established October 2011 as a partnership arrangement between Limerick Regeneration, Limerick Enterprise Development Board (LEDP), City of Limerick VEC (now LCETB), Limerick Catholic Diocese, National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB), National Behavioural Support Service (NBSS), School Trustees, University of Limerick AccessCampus and a number of Secondary Schools in Limerick City and environs.

The Centre is modelled on St. John’s Education Centre, Glasnevin, Dublin. When designing the programme for St. John’s some aspects of the Zacchaeus Centre in Birmingham and the Bartamaeus Centre in Liverpool were included.  These Centres were developed to cater for students in Catholic schools who are in danger of being excluded because of behavioural problems / difficulties.


The Coiscéim Centre

  • Coiscéim is a temporary early school leaving* prevention programme.
  • Works closely with mainstream secondary schools in Limerick city and environs.
  • It aims to help address the problem of early school leaving in the Junior Cycle years.

*Early school leaving refers to non-participation in school before reaching the age of 16 years or before completing 3 years post-primary education, whichever is later (Education Welfare Act, 2000).


  • The Centre aims to provide a supportive environment to students struggling in mainstream education – for whatever reason!
  • High intensity services are offered to a small number of students (c. 6-8)  for an 8 week period during the school year.
  • Students referred to the Centre by school principals or rep.
  • The curricular content generally follows the Junior Certificate Syllabus in English, Maths, History, Geography, ICT, CSPE, RE, SPHE & Art.
  • School re-integration is an important part of the programme.


Centre Staff

  • Marina Collins O’Connor:           ICT, Maths & Literacy Support
  • Dr Declan Blackett:                     Centre Coordinator
  • Marie Neary                                 Home Economics, Yoga & Literacy


Centre Details

Address:    LEDP, Roxboro Road, Roxboro, Limerick.
Tel.:           (061) – 467576