Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)
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.
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 Crampton Source: 2010 Edition of the Carloviana. Page 118 & 119