Sadness as Magheralough PS to close its doors for final time

Thursday, 7 June 2018

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Magheralough Primary School, near Trillick, which is sadly closing its doors to pupils for the final time at the end of the current school year, is steeped in history.
 Situated in what can only be described as an idyllic setting, the rural school lies in a valley. On one approach you drive past rolling hills and fields which are surrounded by hawthorn hedges and on the other side is a river with an old stone bridge.
In the grounds of the school there are three significant buildings - or perhaps it is more accurate to say that there is the memory of three significant buildings. One of these is St McCartan's chapel where part of the walls still stand, but the roof was taken down many years ago. History is written into the walls of the chapel with the names of all the parish priests who ever served there.
The second building on this site was the National School which was built in 1832. Its official name was Kilskeery School, but locals called it Stranagummer school. However, all that remains of this school is the original plaque which states when it was built and its old roll books with their meticulous cursive recordings of names of people who have long since passed away, yet are still within the collective memory of this place.
Full story in this week's Tyrone Constitution...


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