Callout for old photos for Laois school reunion book

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Callout for old photos for Laois school reunion book

A reunion is planned at an historic Laois school, but photos are needed to show the full picture of its history in a commemorative reunion book.

Shanganamore National School opened its doors in 1831, in Barrowhouse village near the Kildare border.

The small school was part of a nationwide historic battle to remain open in 1975 when the Department of Education closed it and other small schools.

The local community united and dug deep to pay for the teachers and the school’s upkeep for a year, until a new government was elected and the closure was reversed.

The school moved to a new building in the village in 1998, with the old one becoming a community hall.

Barrowhouse has the unusual honour of being the only part of Laois that is in the Dublin diocese, while also a part of Athy parish though it is in Laois.

Dublin Bishop Eamon Walsh will come to celebrate mass for the reunion in the old school, on Sunday September 23. Refreshments will follow and a time to reminisce about old school memories.

The book of old photos is hoped to be ready for launch on that day.

Some photographs already gathered date as far back as 1904. However there is a gap, as John Langton explains.

“We have nothing from the 1950’s up so we are asking people to send us their photos, either by email to my son langtonsean7@gmail.com, or drop them by hand to me in Kilmoroney, Barrowhouse,” he said.

Call Sean with queries at 087 0958381.

Laois school has two students with top Leaving Cert marks