Long ago, a man named Walshe, travelled from house to house, and a number of boys from the district assembled, and they went to each house with him. Those boys brought turf, and candles and they also paid a penny, twopence, or threepence, or what ever they could afford. The teacher and pupils gathered in a different house each night, and the farmer who owned the house gave them the use of it free of charge. They occupied the kitchen, and Mr. Walshe taught reading, spelling, and arithmetic, but writing was omitted from the programme. Many old people who were taught thus are excellent at reading and making up tots, but it is quite impossible for them to write.
Lord Spencer, one of the old landlords, opened a Protestant school, in the Demense, where the
- Mary K. Burke