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O'Connell Primary School, North Richmond Street, Dublin 1

City Connects


‘Creating the right plan, for the right child, at the right time.’

Every Student, Every Teacher, Every Year

When a school partners with City Connects, a full-time City Connects Coordinator becomes embedded within the fabric of the school. The City Connects Coordinator collaborates with teachers in every classroom to review the strengths and needs of every student, every year.

Systemic Support

The City Connects Coordinator creates a tailored support plan for every student –connecting pupils to a comprehensive range of prevention, intervention, and enrichment services that already exist in the school and surrounding community  

Students who are most at risk receive an in-depth review and a broader level of support.  

At City Connects schools, the City Connects Coordinator becomes the hub of student support — a single point of contact in an otherwise crowded maze of service providers. We help to ease the burden on principals and teachers, and we create an organized referral process for community-based partners.

City Connects is a high-impact, cost-effective system that addresses the out-of-school factors that limit learning. The support City Connects offer makes a significant impact on students — now, and years from now. 


To find out more about City Connects, click on the link below to watch a short video on how City Connects is working in Ireland.


Our City Connects Coordinator – Martin Shovlin

Our City Connects Coordinator is Martin Shovlin. Martin works in three schools in the NEIC:

  1. O’Connell Boys School
  2. St Vincent’s Boys School
  3. Scoil Chaoimhín

Martin’s contact details are as follows:               
Mobile:   0873682025                                         

Please give Martin a call or text if you have any questions about supports, clubs or activities that you would like your child to join either in the school or the wider community.

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