School: Whiterock (roll number 13820)

Location:
Carrigeengeare, Co. Leitrim
Teacher:
J. Faulkner

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A Hedge-School

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0194, Page 072

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There was a hedge school in the town land of Ballyboy long ago. The master was a sort of traveller who was lame. In the summer he taught the children outside under a hedge (which may be seen still). He sat on a large stone and the pupils sat on smaller stones. In the winter he taught them in an old byre.
He taught them that the earth was flat like a plate and that if you went to
The three subjects the edge of it you would fall off. He used to lodge with the parents with whom he spent the night had to pay nothing for their children the following day.
The three ubjects he taught them were reading, writing and arithmetic. These were

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Informant
Richard Siberry
Gender
male
Age
83
Address
Boleyboy, Co. Leitrim
Language
English