The History of Our School
The first national school in the Clonroche district was situated in the Chapel Lane, in the townland of Ballymackessy, about one mile from Clonroche village. The site of the school was near the rear entrance of the present parochial house, but on the opposite side of the road. This school, which opened in 1816, operated six days a week. Friday was reserved for religious instruction. School hours were from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in summer and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in winter. The school was a two roomed building. Hugh O’Neill was the school master. He educated male students and his wife Mary Ann took charge of the females.
A new school was opened on 7th January, 1856 (site of the current school front yard). It was vested in the Commissioners of National Education and was partly funded by them. A local subscription of 1/3 of the cost was given by Lord Carew. There were two classrooms, each twentyfive feet by seventeen feet six inches. It was under the managership of Rev. Abraham Brownrigg PP. This school was to remain in use over 100 years until the present school was opened in 1969.
Clonroche became co-
The present school was built in 1968-
In the school year 2008/2009, a further extension was added (which included a classroom, three resource rooms and a staffroom) along with improvements to the current building.
(Research by our teacher Mrs. Kathleen Holohan)