Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)

Myshall National School
Myshall. Co Carlow

Myshall Boys National School

The following is an extract from Myshall & Drumphea Parish website

In 1832 a male National school was opened in the south-east of the village to accommodate 70 children described as a slated one roomed, one storey building. (This is now a shed belonging to Mrs. Bridie Daly and her family).

In 1835 a Female National School was built in the North end of the village to accommodate about 60 children a slated one roomed, one storey building. (This building is now demolished and was situated close to where the Eustace Family now live).

In 1954 construction started on a new school in Myshall. Pictures of the opening of the Marian Shrine Myshall actually show the site as a construction site in the background. It opened in 1955, built by Mr. Brian Kelly, originally from Co. Offaly, and it opened with three teachers Mr. Andrew Jordan (Principal), Mrs. Mullen (Vice Principal) and Mrs. Matt Doyle, (Privileged Assistant).

Numbers attending increased as teacher/pupil ratio decreased and by 1974 a fourth classroom teacher was appointed and the Old Barracks, with kind permission of the late Mr. Bernard Nolan had to be used as a classroom. Plans for an extension had been drawn up the previous year. The extension was approved in 1977 and specifications were briefly: two additional classrooms; general purpose room, tarmacadam play area, staff room; the existing three rooms were to be made into two large class rooms and the sewage was to be linked up with the local scheme. Total cost 45,000 with the parish liable for one eighth. The contractor was Mr. Foley, Graiguenamanagh. The four teachers and their classes were accommodated in the Community Centre while the extension was being completed. Children returned to the school building in 1979.

In 1985 a fifth classroom teacher was appointed but that post was withdrawn in 1987 as enrolment numbers fell. It was regained in 1989 only to be lost again in 1991 and the school had to wait until 2008 to have that post re-gained only to be lost again in 2009 due to falling enrolment and Government cut-backs.


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2001 County Carlow Genealogy IGP