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Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)


St. Joseph's Academy

Bagenalstown, Carlow.
Sources: Carlow Now and Then. Summer 1998

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St. Joseph's Academy. Bagenalstown.
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St. Joseph's
Classical and Intermediate
School
Bagenalstown,
With the sanction of
The Bishops of the Diocese,
And under the patronage of
The Very Rev. E. W. Burke, P.P., V.F.,
Will Open on Tuesday, August 25th, 1896.
The School will be conducted by a Brother of the
Order of The Blessed De La Salle,
Aided by & highly qualified Assistant Master.
Fees
1 per Quarter, to be paid in advance. Evening Attendance, 10s. per Quarter.
Reproduced with the permission of the archives in Rome

The school was probably conducted in the sacristy of St. Andrew's parish church during its first year of existence.

The history of the first thirty years of the above school appeared in the 1980 edition of Carloviana. Since then, this little poster has come to light in the central archives of the De La Salle Brothers, Rome. The Bishops concerned were Dr Lynch and his coadjutor, Dr Comerford, historian of the Diocese. The school was probably conducted in the sacristy of St. Andrew's parish church during its first year of existence. The school would not be 'conducted' by a Brother until 1897 but, until then, was under the supervision of Brother James Sharkett, principal of the National School, a highly gifted man who was then only 24 years of age. The 'highly qualified Assistant Master' was Professor M'Sweeny, 'professor' being a title sometimes accorded secondary school masters then. Nothing has come to light about his career previous to 1896; neither is anything known of him subsequent to his retiring from the school in 1897 when Brother James took his place. Terence Flood, a former seminarian, was then employed to teach the classics. The evening classes alluded to never materialised as far as is known.

Source: Carloviana 2001 No. 50.


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