South Sligo National Schools – Largan & Kilmactigue outdo Drimina

No sooner had I publicized the fact that a very old photo of the (named) pupils of Drimina National School existed, dating from the 1920’s, and not one, but two, even older photos come to light from the relatively small Kilmacteigue RC Parish in South County Sligo. The photo below features the pupils in attendance at the tiny Largan National School overlooking the beautiful Lough Talt in November 1913. As you will see, a name has been put to each schoolchild. Do you know any of these families? Were they your ancestors?

1913 November 6 - Largan NS

Largan National School – 6th November 1913.

Back Row: Joe Murry, Joe Murry, Tom Cooke, Willie Curley, Joe Deehan, Francis Murry, Martin Deehan, Pat Walsh, Joe Gallagher, Annie Cooke, John Henry Murry, Beezie O’Donnell, Mike Curley, Bridget Mullarkey, Jim O’Connor, Mary Kate Cooke, Mary O’Connor, Mary Walsh, Maggie Henigan, Florrie Henigan, Kate Quinn, Delia Quinn, Mary Jane Goldrick, Mary Kate Deehan, Mary Ellen Mullarkey, Kate Mullarkey.

Front Row: Martin Quinn, Micheal Walsh, Jim Goldrick, John Lang, Jim Quinn, John William Mullarkey, Mike Quinn, Annie Kate Goldrick, Mary Ann Durcan, Kate Curley, Mary Agnes Murry, Emma Goldrick, Mary Frances Murry, Bridget Curley, Annie Theresa Mullarkey, Maggie Lang, Kate Deehan, Mary Walsh, Kate Kildunne, Maggie Deehan.

The next day, the unknown professional photographer set up his tripod at nearby Kilmactigue National School. This excellent photo was the result:

1913 nov 7 - Kilmactigue NS


6 thoughts on “South Sligo National Schools – Largan & Kilmactigue outdo Drimina

  1. Yes I know all of the Quinns listed – all deceased Martin in WW1 aged 19 and Kate is my Grandmother, Delia is also deceased with descendants in New York.

    • Yes I know everyone of their names and the places they came from around Lough Talt and Mountaffe, the Deehans and the Murray’s mentioned are my Uncle’s and Aunt’s on both sides. I would also know where all those people emigrated to, the U.S and England, mostly to America , I would have met some of them when home on holidays in the 50s and 60s This is a copy of the original I got from my Aunt Mary Murray in New York early 80s. My Uncle Alfred Murray named all but one of them, good going I thought. Thanks for posting Im sure it will bring back fond memories for many people.
      On a different note there was another old school on the Mountaffe road above 400 yards passed the Church. This was closed in 1898 as far as I know when the new school beside the Church. Would you have any idea where I could get details or records of same.
      Thank you for your interest.
      Kind regards,
      Alfie Deehan.

    • Hi Deborah,
      Your Kate and Delia were my grandfathers first cousins , their mother was Catherine O’Connor,
      My Grandfather is in the kilmactigue photo sitting on a box in the front.
      The list of names above were from my grandfather.
      kind regards

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