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In the seventeenth century the masters met his scholars along the road-side and taught them under the shelter of a hedge. The master was paid by the children's parents. In some places, the master attended the farmer's houses on different nights. The chief subjects taught were reading, arithmetic and writing. Slates were used for writing on. In the hedge schools the scholars sat on stones round the master.
There was no blackboard, a large slate being used instead. Our school was built in eighteen hundred and ninety. Before this school there was a school further down the road. Anyone in fourth or fifth standard was counted a great scholar. But the average child never exceeded second or third class. The boys did not get much education. The wet winter days were their schooldays.
The old school in Darraugh is now converted into a shed and to the stranger does not appear like a school. In this locality the teacher

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belonged to it and lived in it. Occasionally the bards would go around to the different schools and instruct the people in the history and music of our country.

Collector: Maggie McManus
Age: 12
Address: Gorteen, Co. Cavan
Informant: Mrs A. McDermott
Age: 73
Address: Gorteen, Co. Cavan



Thanks to Bernadette McGovern who transcribed this and a great many other pages of the The Schools' Collection, from the National Folklore Collection Archives.

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