St. Columba's National School
The failure of Robert Doyne to transfer
the ownership of the school to St. Columba's was to have strange
consequences. Again we return to St. Columba's Vestry Minute Book
where according to Revd. Drapes extract, "the late J.B. Johnstone,
Rector of Tullow (1832-1860) ceased to visit the school for some
years, as the teachers refused to recognise his authority."
St. Columba's National School
Revd. Drapes continues, "The late Charles
Henry Doyle told me that they had a bad teacher for some time, who
kept possession of the house and that he, Mr. Doyne, recovered
possession of it by getting a bailiff in through the window."
Charles Henry Doyne, not a man to be
trifled with, took matters into his own hands. Again Revd Drapes
tells us "that thence forward he took the management into his (own)
hands, appointed a new master and acted as Treasurer, Revd. J.B.
Johnstone, being absent at the time. Even after Mr. Johnstone
returned to the Parish, Mr. Doyne acted as Treasurer until his death
on March 19th 1867."
Tangible evidence of the Doyne family
connection with St. Columba's N.S. is on view at the school for all
to see. Every day pupils, parents and teachers alike pass by under
the watchful photographic portrait of James Walter Chaloner Doyne
(1851 - 1898) of St. Austin's Abbey, Tullow. It was his grandfather
who founded St. Columba's N.S.
James Walter Chaloner Doyne (1851
James W. C. Doyne was born on April 25th
1851 son of Robert Stephen Doyne and Sarah Emily Tynte. He was a
Justice of the Peace for County Wicklow and was High Sheriff of
County Carlow in 1881. He died unmarried on March 22nd 1898.
Other members of the Doyne family were to
continue to have an active interest in the fate of St. Columba's
National School. Mrs. Georgina Louisa Doyne wife of Charles Henry
Doyne left a substantial bequest to the school in her will when she
died in 1893.
Her bequest reads, "I give and bequeath
out of my pure personality the sum of five hundred pounds to the
Representative Body of the Church of Ireland upon trust to invest
the same and apply the income arising there from for the purpose of
providing Scriptural Instruction according to the principles of the
Protestant Church of Ireland during times permitted by the National
Board of Education at Tullow (County Carlow) National School No.2
and for the purpose of providing instruction of Needlework to be
taught to the girls at the same school."
The legacy of £500 was reduced to
£447.14.8 on the payment of £50 Legacy Duty and costs of
advertisement of £2.5.4.
The Corporal Punishment Book reveals that
William McCullagh was not averse to enforcing discipline in the
school. On June 5th 1905, 6th class pupil Herbert Mitchell was
caught pelting a bird's nest in the playground and for his troubles
received two slaps on the hand with a cane.
Jack Willoughby received two slaps with
the cane on the hand for annoying other boys in the classroom.
Walter Ryan received the same punishment when he annoyed the other
boys in class by daubing them with ink.
The Class of 1888
The Roll Book of St. Columba's National
School began on Monday 2nd April 1888 when 56 children attended the
Infant Class (13) - James Henderson,
Arthur Thompson, James Henderson, William Hopkins, John Smith, Henry
Byrne, Harriet Percy, Emma Burgess, Ellen Hopkins, Sarah Caldbeck,
Maggie Thompson, Louisa Tyrrell, and Frances Byrne.
First Class (10) - James Hopkins, Albert
Smith, Thomas Bolton, James Hopkins, Lily Burland, Margaret Percy,
Ada Smith, Lily Leslie, May Caldbeck, and Anne Hopkins.
Second Class (5) - Lames Sunderland,
Charles Tyrrell, Charles Dowse, Anna Bolton and Mary A. Lucas.
Third Class (13) - Thomas Dagg, Robert
Dagg, Michael Tyrrell, John Dowse, John Burgess, Mary Hopkins,
Alicia Hopkins, Matilda Percy, Sarah Thompson, Sarah Hopkins,
Frances Dagg, Mary Smith, and Anna Smith.
Fourth Class (3) - William Percy, Thomas
Tyrrell and Herbert Baulke.
Fifth Class (12) - John Bolton, Thomas
Smith, Ben Hopkins, William Gilbert, Thomas Gilbert, Joseph Smith,
Frances Burgess, Bessie Thompson, Mary Gilbert, Maggie Burland, Mary
Percy and Jane Bolton
The above are extracts from St. Columba's National
School website - 175 Years of Education in Tullow by William
F. Paton, M.A.
Tullow Boys School 1929,
Back Row : J. Shore, J. Neavyn, J. Roche, PJ. Brophy, K. Carthy,
J. O'Brien, J. Bolger, J. Hanrahan.
3rd Row: M. Kehoe, J. Carroll, T. Holohan, M. Cullen, G. Brophy,
Lawson?, J. Fox, Tom Roche.
2nd Row: J. Meaney, J. Dwyer, D. Nicholson, J. Bailey, V.
Fenlon, T. Butler, J. Murray.
Front Row: M. Green, J. Ralph, B. Shore, L. Murphy, F. Byrne,
Billy Meaney, P. Kane.
Source: Alan McGrath