School: An Clochar, Dún Mór

Dunmore East, Co. Waterford
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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0652, Page 162

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One old school conducted by Mrs Benn was held in a barn in Rathmoylan. The pupils sat around by the walls on long stools and sand was strewn on the floor to keep it dry. Children came to this school from places situated many miles away from it eg Leperstown. The subjects taught were - reading, arithmetic, history, geography and spelling. They seemed to value spelling very much. The girls were taught plain sewing. This school existed about the years 1863 to 1866.

Later on a school was opened in Dunmore conducted by Miss Wood who lived with her mother in a thattched house (where Bells Drapery Shop is situated now.) Her mother's brother was Father Dixon? and their remains are interred in Killea Church grave yard. She taught the three R's, history, geography and spelling which they learned from special spelling books. The pupils wrote first on slates and then with paper, pencil, pens and ink. The fee charged in the school varied according to the different classes e.g. 1d for 1st class, 2d for second class and so on. if the pupils were bold they were put into stocks. These were wooden stands on the floor and the unfortunate child had to put her foot into this. It was then lightened so that the feet could not be moved and the poor victim had to stand thus facing the wall

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