Back to school days for former pupils of Lisgoold/Ballincurrig NS
A reunion for past pupils and teachers from the former Lisgoold/Ballincurrig primary school will be held at the East Cork Golf Club, Midleton on September 16.
The daytime event is being organised by past pupils Noreen Fitzgerald, John-Joe O’Regan and Kitty O’Sullivan. It commences at 3.30pm and the recommended contribution is €10. Inquiries to Kitty O’Sullivan (087-6160009).
The reunion will feature a Power Point archive presentation, including testimony from a 1937/8 folklore study conducted with the pupils.
The unprecedented gathering will reach out to a dwindling number of individuals whose lives “share the same thread” across eight years of says Noreen.
The organiser believes some survivors “would have had parents or grandparents who lived in Famine times, with unique recollections of life outside and within the school”. The education board built the facility near a crooked bridge between Lisgoold and Ballincurrig in 1846, probably from Famine relief funds.
Now a private residence, closed in 1968.
It was “dark, cold and hewn out of pure rock”, says Noreen, who attended from 1954 to 1962. It had two partitioned classrooms with two teachers and children seated up to eight per bench. Children often walked miles on unsurfaced roads to attend, sustained by sandwiches and milk.
Noreen recalls two potbelchildhood, it lied stoves for heating and a teacher distributing cocoa from a primus with buckets of water drawn from the nearby Owenacurra river.
Past pupils included the late Seán Ó Riordáin, best known for three Irish poems published in 1960’s and the awardwinning Maurice Riordan a former Whitbread Prize nominee, appointed editor of the