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Brian Gibbons, Derbyshire, England
Accony School Reunion site a few days ago and was fascinated since my
family came from the Louisburgh area and settled in
recent release of the 1911 census in
possible, I would like to find evidence of their connection with the
school. Do you know of the existence of any school log books, diaries or
possibly registers from the opening of the school in 1848 and if so
their location and whether they include the names of children attending
a visit to the parish priest in 2003 I enquired about registers of
births, marriages and deaths relating to the time my family lived in the
area. We were made very welcome but sadly the records for that period
were not complete and revealed nothing. After drawing a blank with the
church records, I am interested to know if there is a local tradition of
keeping family bibles which record details of the baptisms, marriages
and burials of relatives. If so perhaps somebody may be willing to help
me with my research into my family history.
narrowed down my search for ancestors from the Gibbons family to the
townland of Roonagh, I hope that you can help me or point me in the
right direction and I have attached a list of my family members who I
believe came from there.
you are able to pass this information on to anyone that can help me with
my research I would be most grateful.
hope that your
Pauline McGreal Chapman,Coventry/Doughmakone
started school in 1954 along with Jane and Irene O'Malley of
Doughmakone, Ann Lyons of Accony, Rene McHale of Askelane and Maureen
and Kathleen McDonough of Pulgloss.
Robert O'Keane, Colgate, Wisconsin
though I am not an alumnus of
Prendergast married my great-grandfather, Mathew O'Keane (Keane), a
teacher who came to the Accony area in the late 1830's or early 1840's
(hedge teacher?). They then immigrated to America in 1848 and settled in
rural Wisconsin about 100 miles north of Chicago where I still live on a
little corner of the family farm and where one of Katherine and
Mathew's sons and then one of their grandsons farmed. I, the
great-grandson, went back to Mathew's profession and became a teacher.
cousin of Katherine's came from Accony sometime after 1848 to visit in
America, but became so ill that he had to return to Ireland on a
stretcher to die and was given the sad nickname, "Sick
Geoffrey." But upon returning to Accony, he was restored and went
on to lead a long and happy life.
another cousin, James Prendergast, born 1847, the son of James
Prendergast and Mary McKay, came from Accony to America in 1875 to marry
my Great-aunt Mary Jane, a widowed daughter of Katherine and Mathew, in
what was probably an arranged marriage.
Prendergast relatives identified on the back of old photographs---Ann,
Sadie, Mayme, Agnes, and Nellie---lived in the
though your school records would probably not have many details for
the first half of the 1800's, your Accony National School Reunion is
still of great interest since it takes place in my Great-grandmother
Katherine's home region and in an area where my Great-grandfather Mathew
might have been a teacher in Ireland, as well as the place where the two
probably met and married.
wife and I, both retired teachers, have taken special interest in the
earlier, one-room schools of our rural America where Mathew taught after
coming to America. Those schools have similar descriptions to
the early descriptions of your
McCormack, Pulgloss & South Carolina
probably started school in 1948 and had two wonderful teachers in lower
classes. First Mrs. O’Toole from Carramore and then Mary Gibbons
from Accony; Mary was young and we thought she was great. We loved to go
out to play and would sit on the grass playing Jack Stones with Kathleen
Mc Hale, Pulgloss and Kathleen Mc Greal from Doughmakeon. The only
ones I can remember being in my class were Noel Lyons from Accony and
Michael O’Toole from Doughmakeon.
loved bringing flowers to school in May and decorating the fire screen
with them. A very special event was stopping at a house that had The
Stations that morning and being served tea and lovely cakes and
biscuits. Looking back it did not take much to make us happy.
turf to school was awful and we sometimes cheated by “borrowing”
sods from Mickey O’Malley’s in Askelane as their stack of turf was
close to the road and we never got caught!
will always remember the annual visit by the dentist. We would
line up, hear the clang as the tooth was dropped in the tin cup and walk
home still bleeding. If we did that now to our kids they would end up on
the psychiatrist’s couch but we all survived and can look back and
Mary (Lannon) Whalley, Accony and England
The year was 1937 and I was then seven years old, and it is here that I acquired the name ‘Cotton-Top’ due to my fair hair, but it was not always used endearingly. It must have been very satisfying for the teachers to have their own classrooms at last - bright and airy, with three large windows that overlooked sea and countryside and three smaller windows on the opposite side that were ceiling high. There was plenty of space for the necessary school room equipment, and instead of the long desks there were new desks that seated two pupils.
Though the cupboards I am about to describe did not appear for some time in the classroom, I feel I should describe them here; there were two glass-fronted cupboards – one above the other, which contained toys and dolls donated by the pupils on request by the teacher so that those less fortunate could enjoy the display. I remember a pair of Mickey-mouse (toys) hanging from a spring on either side of the cupboard. These would bounce up and down if we got an opportunity to touch them. On the surface of the lower cupboard was the box used for collecting the pennies for the black babies. When the penny touched a slot, the head of the model black baby moved up and down in a gesture of thanks.
At last there was a separate cloakroom for the boys and the girls at
either end and we were all given a peg number for our coats – a
welcome change from having to pick our coats from the wet ground in the
little porch. A play shed at each end for the boys and the girls served
as a shelter as well as a play area during lunch break. It was the norm
for girls and boys to be separated during playtime.
At last there was a separate cloakroom for the boys and the girls at either end and we were all given a peg number for our coats – a welcome change from having to pick our coats from the wet ground in the little porch. A play shed at each end for the boys and the girls served as a shelter as well as a play area during lunch break. It was the norm for girls and boys to be separated during playtime.
Crash at Emlagh
In October 1942 an RAF Lockheed Ventura II plane (similar to that in the photo) landed on the Dooagh at Emlagh at about 9.30am . The children on their way to school headed for the Dooagh. Ritchie (Tommy Lannon) Prendergast who went to see the plane described the roadside back to Emlagh as being littered with abandoned school bags.
Peter McKeown, Roonagh
Peter McKeown of Roonagh emigrated to Canada where he became a trapper until his death near Lake Athabasca in the 1960's. An avid collector of songs and recitations, he left a great impression on local people when he came home for a holiday. One of his favourite songs was 'The Land of the Midnight Snow':
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The school was used from time to time by various Department of Agriculture specialists for lectures on improved farming methods. It was also used for cookery demonstrations. A few dances were held in the early 50’s to help defray the cost of school repairs. Gus O’Toole, Louisburgh was one of the musicians.
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