• Augharan National School

A unique record of a rural community and the evolution of education in Ireland.

Through this unique record of a school, its pupils and a rural community we gain a rare insight into the development of education in Ireland, from classes concealed in hedgerows during times of political and religious oppression through the establishment of permanent buildings with professional staff to enable local people to prepare their children for adult life.

There are valuable insights into the hardships of rural life and the evolving roles played by local schools in fostering community development and preparing young people for the challenges they had to meet through nearly a century of radical changes in Ireland.  Through all weathers, children – many without shoes – walked for miles every day over fields and along lanes in a thirst for learning which has been a prime driving force for the development of the Republic and the creation of the remarkable global Irish Diaspora.

This is a story of human endeavour as well as of the political forces and the buildings which housed rural education in Ireland. For the families who have populated this part of Leitrim it is an invaluable record to revive memories and preserve these for future generations. For students of Irish history and general readers it is a fascinating social record to help anyone to understand how Ireland and the Irish have evolved from their rural roots into a nation now striving to play a full role within the European Union while preserving their unique national identity.

 About the Author:

He is married to Maureen and they have two sons, Conor and Declan. Tommy and Maureen now live in Kilmacanogue, County Wicklow.


Author Tommy O'Rourke
Add Title A History of Education Spanning Two Centuries 1855 - 1969

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Augharan National School

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