The following book is for those people interested
in the development of education in Ireland over the
last 150 years, together with aspects of genealogy,
archaeology, history and sociology. Presented in
the setting of a small west of Ireland parish, the
book "A Look At A School And Its Parish" (the Gaelic
subtitle is Súil thart ar Scoil agus a Paróiste),
was published as part of the 1997 centenary celebrations
of Kilteevan National School, in the county of Roscommon.
The seven separate sections explore the interplay between
a people and their native place, centred on their school,
but taking in the broader dimensions of sport, drama and
the arts. Townlands, placenames and surnames are recorded and explained (there are registers of parish names from the 1830s, 1850s and 1880s onwards), as well as other
aspects of local history including the story of the
Mapother family (the ancestors of Hollywood star,Tom Cruise) and archaeological remains dating from as early as 365BC. The weather conditions of 100 years ago even get a mention.
It is a book that can serve as a template for anybody
thinking about recording the story of their own parish.
It will also strike a chord with many the Irish emigrant
(just substitute your own parish name!). As one emigrant
school teacher from Kilteevan wrote in the 19th century
"But still in whatever strange lands I'll sojourn, My
heart will go back to the Groves of Kilteevan.".
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A Look At A School And Its Parish
(Súil thart ar Scoil agus a Paróiste)
Softback (illustrated) 248 pages
Editor Hazel A. Ryan
ISBN 0 9530923 0 5
Details from WJRYAN@TINET.IE