Friday, October 16th, is DLD Awareness Day!

Check out the video below for more information! 

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This Friday, 16th of October, is the 4th annual international DLD Awareness Day!

DLD stands for Developmental Language Disorder.

Research shows that 7.5 percent of the total population has DLD. That equates to 2 children in every class of 30 pupils or 70,000 school aged children in Ireland. It is a common but often unidentified communication disorder that affects a person’s ability to understand and/or use language for no known reason. Those with DLD may have difficulty finding the correct words, making sentences and understanding instructions. Support from teachers, speech and language therapists and others can make a real difference to the lives of children with DLD. More information on DLD is available at

The DLD colours are purple and yellow, and this Friday we are inviting pupils to wear  something purple or yellow or both (e.g socks, hat, scarf, gloves) to promote an awareness of DLD.  We’re also happy to share this short video made by the pupils in our senior language class, to help everyone learn more about DLD.

Like last year, the world is lighting up purple and yellow to shine a light on DLD as part of the Light Up campaign. Thanks to DCU for again being involved in this campaign. Other Dublin landmarks will include Trinity College, Dublin Castle, the National Convention Centre, Samuel Beckett Bridge and Swords Castle.  If you happen to spot a landmark lit up in purple and yellow on Friday, please tweet a photo @saintpatsbns

Letter From Principal

Principal's Welcome

St Patrick’s Boys’ National School was established in 1894. It is a vibrant, welcoming and supportive environment, located in the heart of Drumcondra on the DCU St Patrick’s Campus. While we are a Catholic school, and operate under the patronage of the Archdiocese of Dublin, we are inclusive and welcome all faiths and traditions. We are a vertical school, housed in two buildings, catering for pupils from Junior Infants to 6th class, along with two Special Language classes.

Our school community includes almost 500 children, 29 teachers, 8 Special Needs Assistants, our Speech and Language Therapist, Secretary and Caretaker. We are also fortunate to have an active Board of Management and a wonderfully supportive parent body, represented by our hard-working Parents’ Association.