School: Castlepollard Boys (roll number 5513)

Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath
William Coghlan
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0721, Page 125

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0721, Page 125

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  1. Little is known about hedge schools in this area. About eighty years ago a Paddy Kelly of Green St. taught in a barn at night time. The people sat on the clay floor, on flat stones or stood while working. They used rough slates and slate pencils or "cutters". The subjects taught were reading, writing, and arithmetic. No Irish was spoken although the master when in a temper burst into the native tongue. The text book used was one called "Reading made easy" and usually pronounced "Reeda may daisy". There was a spelling book also.
    Bernard Dalton,
    Packenham Hall St,
    (Aged 82)
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