Irish Schools in the 19th Century

The thirteenth edition of the Kilmacud Stillorgan Historical Society’s annual journal, Obelisk, was launched in the Function Room of Glenalbyn Sports Club, Stillorgan on Thursday, 22 November 2019 to an audience of over 100. Margaret Smith paid a special thanks again to the many contributors for their very enthusiastic response with material and whose stories help to give us a fuller picture of daily life and the streetscape of times past. As in previous years, I was one of them. My article is about a local school, St. Mary’s National School, Sandyford. It is not a particular special school. Hundreds like it have existed and many of them still exist. And some of them are still schools, as is the case with this one. The article tells hows this Irish local school worked in the 19th Century when many were founded. It a good example of how the school system operated in those days. And it follows the history of this school to the present day.