St Finian's Primary School
St Finian's Primary School (1901 - 1989) (Irish: Bunscoil Naomh Fionán) was a Roman Catholic primary school located in the Falls Road area of West Belfast near Dunville Park. It was run by the De La Salle Christian Brothers.
Due to falling student numbers the school closed in the 1980s.
Since 2004 the building has been occupied by the Irish-language primary school Gaelscoil an Lonnáin. However, the board of governors have proposed that it relocate to the former site of St Comgall's School in Divis Street.
Former pupils of St. Finian's include:
- James Joseph Magennis (1919 - 1986), who served on midget submarines in WW2, disabled the battle ship Tirpitz and subsequently won the Victoria Cross
- Professor John Loughlin, Fellow of St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge and formerly Professor of European Politics at Cardiff University
- Gerry Adams (born 1948), Irish republican politician (president of the Sinn Féin political party, and a Teachta Dála for Louth since 2011)
- Martin Dillon (b. 1949) - author
- Brendan McConvery - Redemptorist priest and scripture scholar
- Gerry Kelly, (born 1953) Irish republican politician and former PIRA volunteer, member of Sinn Féin's Ard Chomhairle (National Executive) and MLA for North Belfast
- Paul Graham (1954 - 2012) - solicitor and Irish language activist
- George Fleming (1998), "First Day at St Finian's", Magennis VC: the story of Northern Ireland's only winner of the Victoria Cross, p. 23, ISBN 9780953301805
- [DUP minister's decision to block Irish school move must be quashed, court rules]; accessed 13 October 2017
- Professor John Loughlin profile, vonhugel.org.uk; accessed 29 March 2015.
- [http://www.gaelport.com/default.aspx?treeid=37&NewsItemID=8178; accessed 8 March 2017.
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