Schools in Ardclough from 1800 to 2014: A Chronology

  • Schools in Ardclough from 1800 to 2014.
  • A Chronology  by Raymond King August 30 2014

Having looked at the National picture, here is a brief journey through the highlights of the history of Ardclough school. Watch here a tree planting ceremony on the grounds of the 1949-2013 National School, later the Village Centre.

Raymond King continues his three schools in Ardclough talk in the 1949 national school in Ardclough.

Raymond King continues his three schools in Ardclough talk in the 1949 national school in Ardclough.

  • 1799: Valentine Lawless became Lord Cloncurry and master of the Lyons Estate.
  • 1800: It was reported that there were 2000 residents in the Parish of Kill; In 1804 it was reported that the children would not attend their local primary school;
  • 1810: Ardclough Catholic Church was built;
  • 1811: A survey of schools in Oughterard, Bishopscourt and Ardclough reported that in Oughterard there was a school with 59 pupils in a room 18ft.by 14 ft., with a thatched roof, boarded and sealed. The teacher was Mr Butler aged 70. In Baronrath, Patricia Kelly was the teacher in a thatched cottage at Ponsonby Bridge, with 18 pupils. In Ardclough Church, 200-250 children receive religious instruction every Sunday and Holy day from 9am. to 2pm.

    Valentine Browne Lawless second Baron Cloncurry born 19 Aug 1778 died 28 October 1853

    Valentine Browne Lawless second Baron Cloncurry born 19 Aug 1778 died 28 October 1853

  • 1811-1812: St Anne’s Parochial school built by the priest and the parishioners with a grant of £10 from Valentine Lawless, Patron of the school. It was a slated building with two rooms, two windows and two fireplaces. The rooms were 23ft by 13ft.
  • 1824: A report states that John Geoghegan appointed Principal at St Anne’s Parochial School in 1818 and taught 56 pupils. The school is held all working days during the year. John was a Roman Catholic about thirty years of age. He was educated at Kilbeggan, not at Kildare Place, and teaches Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. Lord Cloncurry gives £10 per annum to the school. Pupils pay from 3s.3d. to 4s.4d. if they are able to give the school a total income of £30 per annum. The school house has two rooms, two fireplaces, and two windows, built with lime and stone, slated, rooms 23ft by 13 ft. The school was built by the Priest and parishioners. Such a school might cost £35 in 1824. The school is not linked with any Association. Lord Cloncurry is the Patron. The school is under superintendence of the Priest, who has no stated days for visiting it, but according as his leisure permits; such superintendence since the opening of the school: Average attendance 1824: Males 30, Females 25, Established Church 1, Roman Catholics 54. 6 in 20 can read; learn in about twelve months. Books: Spelling Book, Story Book, Christmas Nights, Gough’s Archbishop’s Catechism, Church of Christ, Devout and Sincere Christian, all supplied by the children, except some moral books from the Chapel Library.

    1836 RIC barracks opened on Boston Road

    1836 RIC barracks opened on Boston Road

  • 1827: Parish reports that there are 2,691 Catholics and 192 Protestants (4 Presbyterians and 4 Methodists) in the Parish, There are 70 children in St Anne’s School (1 Protestant).
  • 1831: Census reports population of Lyons to be 158.
  • 1839: A new school is built to cater for 110 males and 90 females. It is built at a cost of £323.4s.9d. The school is 50ft in depth, 21ft high and 20ft wide. The old school is to be used for accommodation for the schoolmaster. It is a two storey building.
  • 1841: The population of Lyons is 379 with 69 houses.
  • 1853: Valentine Lawless passes away and is replaced by Nicholas Lawless; a less amicable relationship develops within the community.
  • Mary Redmond with model1867: Mary Redmond, from Nenagh enrols in St. Anne’s and she later becomes famous for her pottery and sculpture. Her most famous work is the Statue of Fr Matthew in O’Connell St. erected in 1893.
  • 1869: Edward Lawless becomes 4th Lord Cloncurry.
  • 1877: Mary Kelly appointed Principal and Brigid Hayes her Assistant.
  • 1880:1880: The Lord’s Road is built.
  • 1885: Daniel Hallisey is appointed Principal, Rose Buggle is his Assistant.
  • 1901: The first Roll Book with Annie Buggle as the first registered child.
  • 1918: Nora Murray, schoolteacher in St. Anne’s has work published “The Wind upon the Barley” (Maunsel & Co)
  • 1920: Annie Murray appointed to be Principal. Her Assistant is Rose Brennan, later to be Mrs. Tully.

    The nameplate for Ardclough's 1839 National School had Scoil Náisiunta engraved upon it in the aftermath of independence

    The nameplate for Ardclough’s 1839 National School had Scoil Náisiunta engraved upon it in the aftermath of independence

  • 1921: The school is closed for two weeks due to an outbreak of Diphtheria.
  • 1924: Catherine Griffin becomes Principal.
  • 1928: Brigid O Donohue (Kilkee) later to be Mrs. Maguire, became Principal. She is to be the daughter in-law of a previous Principal.
  • 1936: Brigid Maguire produces the first Drama in St Anne’s.
  • 1939; Ardclough hall is built and this will link in very well with the new school when it is built 10 years later.
  • 1940; The Wheatfield Cottages on the Celbridge Rd. are built.
  • 1949/51: The Boston Cottages are built.
  • 1949/50: The new school is built beside the GAA CIub. This coincides with Ardclough being connected to the National Telephone system. See report of Ardclough school opening in the Irish independent.

    Fr Matthews makes a retirement presentation to Ardclough NS principle Brigid Maguire, 1963

    Fr Matthews makes a retirement presentation to Brigid Maguire,

  • 1961; Brigid Maguire retires as Principal and is replaced by Maurice Friel.
  • 1968: Mains Water comes to Ardclough.
  • 1976: Wheatfield Estate built and the GAA Clubhouse and Bar is also opened.
  • 1977: Brigid Maguire, former Principal passes away. R.I.P.
  • 1980: Maureen Houston (nee Corry) appointed Principal. Her Assistant is Mildred Hegarty, now Mrs Bates, who still orks in the new St Anne’s. They were later joined by Maura McAuliffe in 1985. When the school became a three teacher school.
  • 1988: Raymond King became Principal in succession to Maureen Houston. Ms. Hegarty was Deputy Principal and Maura McAuliffe Assistant. They were later joined by Jane O Donnell when the school became a four teacher school in 1991. Raymond resigned in 1993 to become Principal in Scoil na Mainistreach in Celbridge.
  • 1993: Tom Cunnane became Principal with the same staff mentioned above. Tom resigned in 1993 to become Principal in Kill.IMG_3756
  • 1997: Patricia King became Principal with the staff mentioned above and the number of pupils and staff increased year on year. The school grew so large that most of the classes were housed in temporary accommodation. Around the year 2000 the Board of Management initiated the application process for the building of a new school. Fourteen years later it has become a reality with the official opening having taken place just before Easter 2014. The new school is a monument to their efforts and will meet the needs of this community for many years. That brings us full circle.

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