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Presentation School

The building of Scoil Mhuire gan Smal 1958-1960


Scoil Mhuire gan Smál is an all girls school, built in an urban environment, yet within walking distance of the wider countryside. Teachers live mainly in the locality and thus have the advantage of a good knowledge of the backgrounds of the pupils.

Scoil Mhuire is unique in the warm, caring, welcoming atmosphere which is tangible on entering the school. There are sixteen class teachers, four teachers for special educational needs and two language support teachers. Scoil Mhuire is very fortunate in having a caring, dedicated staff, committed to the holistic development and well-being of all children under their care. The staff work as a team under the guidance and direction of Margaret Keegan, principal.

The school was opened in 1960 as a replacement for the original Presentation Primary School, Tullow Street.

Source: Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Carlow

The Building Of Scoil Muire Gan Smal

In July 2010. workers on the renovation of Scoil Mhuire gan Smal found, hidden behind a press fitting, part of a Sweet Afton cigarette packet on which the following message was written "Patrick Hennessy and John Curran worked on these schools. Pray for us, 1959. Dan Carbery remembered these two workers very well and while they both passed away several years ago the handwriting on the packet was identified as belonging to John (Jakes) Curran by his son also John Curran.

Images of the Scoil Muire gan Smál.

List of Some Men Who Worked on the building of Presentation School, Carlow 1958 - 1960.


1. Office/Management: 6. Masons:
Dan Carbery (Senior) J. Nolan (Stone)
Joe Carbery P. Nolan (Stone)
Dan Carbery (Junior) J. Nolan Jnr. (Stone)
Tom Whitmore (Office Manager) Noel Nolan (Stone)
Tom Corcoran (Foreman). Jack Hanley
  Matt Reilly
2. Carpenters: Patsy O'Rourke
John McGill T. Farrell
Jack Fitzgerald J. Farrell
John Whelan John Townsend
Eamon Horan J. O'Reilly
Larry Smith J. Murphy
Leo Connolly  
John Purcell 7. Plasterers:
George Hicks Peter Carroll
Michael Meaney Matt Carroll
James Ryan Paudy Duggan
A.B. Corcoran Aidan Carroll
Joe Callinan Joe Rossiter
Barney Ffrench James Keogh (Rocky)
  Ed. Begley
3. Plumbers: Paddy Begley
Tom Whelan Jim Hurley
Paddy Whelan Micky Keating
  Peter Ryan
4. Painters: Dick Ryan
Frank Slattery J Curran (Jakes)
Mick Slattery T Murphy
R. James John Kearns (Busty)
W. Kelly Martin Doyle
J. Byrne Jimmy Carroll
  Paddy Rapple
5. General Operatives: E Ryan
Tom Nolan Michael Dowling
Bill Smith P Moore
Paddy Fennel! M Moran
Billy Hutton  
Bill Thompson 8. List of contractors Names:
Larry Dowling Carbery
Bill Ffrench Geraghty
Bill Nolan (Rancher) Cummins
P Hennessey (Cha) Thompson
W Murphy Carty Construction
Hugh Keating P.J. McLoughlin
P Moran Harmon Bros.
T Butler M. J. David
Eddie Kehoe (Gianty) Duggan
Eamon Brooks Bolger
Paddy Comerford Stone
J Byrne Jennings
M Nolan Sisk
Sean Hurley McManus
Source: 2010 Edition of the Carloviana. Page 118 & 119

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