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Rineen National School

Principal: Micheal Rouine
Contact: 065 708 4414
Website: www.rineenns.scoilnet.ie/blog

Rineen National School was established in 1869. At the time the children of the locality had to go to school to Moy, a long enough journey in those days when children had to go to school on foot. Before the establishment of Moy National School the area around Rineen was served by three hedge schools, one in Freagh Vallen, by the sea, roughly behind the present school and run by a Mr. Dwyer, one, a smaller one, in Freagh Castle, roughly opposite the present Freagh Graveyard run by Mr. Holland and one in Ballyvaskin run by a Mr. Connor – this school was really in the townland of Carrowkeel in the northern triangle of the junction between the Kilfarboy road (L2112) and the road back to Illane (L21122) – it was called the Ballyvaskin Hedge School after the electoral area of Ballyvaskin which was greater than the townland and included the area where the school was situated.

One of the local priests decided to approach the local handlord’s agent to try and acquire a site for a school in Freagh but his request was turned down. He then approached the Fitzgeralds of Carrigoran House, the neighbouring landlords, and they granted him twenty five yards square which lay across the stream dividing the parishes, and indeed the diocese, and so the school was built in the parish of Ennistymon – by the map.   It was built mainly by voluntary labour and the materials were supplied locally and voluntarily. It began as two schools, a boys school and a girls school, each “school” having one of the two rooms of the building. To-day it stands a striking, distinctive, mainly cut stone building on the Miltown Malbay Lahinch Road, one of the few schools in the county still in use as a school since its foundation in the 19th Century. It was thoroughly renovated, expanded and refurbished in 2009 and now boosts two main classrooms, ancillary rooms, a fine assembly hall and a fine sports pitch.

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