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SHRONELL NATIONAL SCHOOL
Scoil Náisiúnta Srónaill
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Scoil Náisiúnta Shrónaill
The present 3-
The school building was completed in 1967. Following pressure on the building contractor from an elderly gentleman who was visiting the area and who was assumed to have come from the Department of Education, the building was ready for the September opening. (The elderly gentleman was a retired civil servant and had nothing to do with the Department of Education but enjoyed telling the tale during the many years left to him).
The new building replaced the old school at Shronell Cross which was no longer large enough for the number on rolls. There was little room for expansion, the toilets were inadequate and there was a rat problem. The old building was sold and converted into a dwelling house and business (garage) when the new school opened.
Staff at the time of closure of the old school:
1. Séan Coleman: (formally Principal of Garrydoolis N.S)
2. Maura Keane: Lattin, wife of William Keane former principal of Shronell who had recently retired. Maura Keane when first appointed to Shronell N.S stayed in Walsh`s Boarding House, 8 Emmet Street, Tipperary and walked to and from school in Shronell each day. She married the Principal teacher and lived in Lattin. Margaret Walsh owned the boarding house and was Mary Coleman’s grandmother.
3. Alice Roche: (nee Corbett) who had also been recently appointed in 1964 and married. She then lived in Kilfinane, later in Tipperary.
Joseph Damer also had a School at Shronell Cross and the poet Liam Dall O`h-
Such was the attraction of Shronell N.S that the new building was not large enough
and almost immediately a pre-
Mrs Keane retired in June 1968 and
Mary Coleman was appointed.
Nora Stapleton retired and
Clair McMahon was appointed.
Clair McMahon emigrated to America and
Nora Ring of near Charleville was appointed and she married T. Greene of Lattin.
Séan Coleman retired at 65 years and opened a private school in the building that was St Mary`s Parochial School (Protestant), Tipperary Town.
Alice Roche, now resident in Tipperary Town was appointed Principal Teacher. There weren`t sufficient children on roll to appoint a fourth teacher.
Manager / Chairperson:
Canon Ryan P.P who had been manager through all this period died and Rev John Walsh was appointed P.P.
Due to a further drop in numbers Nora Greene was put on the panel and was appointed to Mount Bruis N.S
Staff now numbered 2:
Alice Roche and Mary Coleman
The field on the east side of the school which was used as a playing field during the time of large numbers of children in attendance was sold to the Co. Council and four houses were built. Two of these were for families and hopefully there would be children who would attend the school!
Alice Roche retired in September and Mary Coleman was appointed principal teacher in October. In November Eileen Butler, then assistant at Nicker N.S and on the panel was appointed teacher. Eileen married in December 1991 and took the name Wixted. Both Mary Coleman and Eileen Wixted are past pupils of Garrydoolis N.S.
In June Very Rev John Egan was appointed P.P and chairperson of the Board of Management.
A new Board of Management was appointed in October 1993.
Chairperson: Very Rev John Egan.
Treasurer: Rev J.Perkins
Secretary: Mary Coleman – Principal
Other members: Arthur Moore – Bishops Nominee
Mary Jo Heffernan (representing parents)
John O`Mahony (representing parents)
In 1993 the smaller of the two shelters in the schoolyard was removed to make way for a basketball court. The leaking oil tank was replaced. In June 1997 Eileen Wixted left to teach in Loch Gur. She was replaced by Margaret Maher. She too, taught the Junior Classes. She left at Christmas 2001 to take up a post as resource teacher. Mary O`Grady came as a temporary teacher until Mary Devlin took up the permanent position on 19th of February 2002.
Numbers were on the increase and it became possible to appoint a third teacher on
12th of September 2005, Marguerite Kelly. Prior to Marguerite`s arrival the B.O.M
applied for a permanent general purpose room, as the third classroom would no longer
be available for such activities as music with Roy Galvin, or Drama with Linda Davern
or P.E or a variety of other activities. The Department provided a re-
During Margaret Maher`s time in Shronell N.S all asbestos was removed from the school (ceilings, toilets seats, cisterns).
An application was made in 2006 for a grant to cover the cost of a staff car park but this wasn`t granted.
Rosemary started as secretary in January 2002 initially for 2 hours a day then increased to 3 hours per day. In September 2003 she started as Special Needs Assistant.
Geraldine started as secretary in September 2005.
Felicity started as a Special Needs Assistant in May 2006 and finished in March 2010 due to SNA cutbacks by Government.
In 2005 the classes were divided as follows:
Junior & Senior Infants (vice principal) she also took over all responsibility for sport and aided by Marguerite, our teams went from strength to strength.
1st, 2nd and 3rd classes.
4th, 5th and 6th classes, Mary was then teaching the children of her past pupils. She retired on August 31st 2007.
When elected the newly appointed Principal, Mrs Frances (Frankie) Franklin was on maternity leave with her first born Lauren Thérese so Miss Coleman covered her leave until she started on December 3rd 2007. She went on maternity leave again on 8th of September 2008 with her son Benjamin and this maternity was covered by Mr Martin Franklin until she returned on the 3rd of April 2009. Mr Franklin completed his diploma on 19th of March 2009 and became fully probated on this date.
The long awaited car park was completed on the 26th of May 2009 with grant of €5,700.
During the 2008 / 2009 school year, Ms Marguerite Kelly went travelling to Australia and Ms Paula Hartigan covered for her year with second and third classes as Ms Devlin kept her first class with her infants for this year. Felicity Thompson (SNA) also went on maternity leave which was covered by Susan Cunningham.
From September 2009, Shronell N.S had enough pupils i.e. 81 to have a fourth teacher. We selected Helen O`Connell from the panel as she came highly recommended by Barna N.S where she had lost her position due to falling numbers.
However, in the meantime, a resignation from a staff member in Barna N.S meant that Helen requested that we release her from our agreement and we held interviews for the position of our 4th teacher. The position was filled by Mr Martin Franklin who taught 1st and 2nd class.
Between 2009 / 2010, an interactive whiteboard was installed in each of the three classrooms, thanks to funding from the Dept. of Education.
With funding from the Department (€100,000) a new classroom was begun in January 2010. It was built by Cusack O`Connor – Pat Power who works for the firm has children in the school. It was finished in May 2010.
During the summer of 2010, the windows and doors in Shronell N.S were replaced by Taaffe Construction under the Summer Works Scheme. When this work was being carried out, we decided to also paint the school internally and to replace the tiled floors with Linoleum. The entire contents of the school were loaded onto a container, kindly lent by Alex English, Ballinard Transport, to facilitate this.
With numbers dropping to 74 in September 2011. We lost Mr Martin Franklin to Herberstown N.S and once again returned to a 3 teacher school.
A new Board of Management was appointed in November 2011 consisting of Fr.Egan (Chairperson) Catherine Heffernan (Treasurer) Frankie Franklin (Secretary) Mary Devlin (Safety Officer) Roger Corcoran, John O` Mahony, John Nash & Shelia Hammersley.
We took a new Learning Support teacher Róisin Power, from the panel after Margaret Bailey achieved full time hours in St Michael’s N.S., Tipperary Town. Róisin is shared between Shronell N.S ( 15hours) and Cullen N.S (10 hours).
Part time Resource Teacher Jean Heffernan and SNA for 11 years Rosemary Buckley finished in June 2013 as the children in her care were moving forward to secondary education.
Awarded Active Schools Flag for first time.
Art Exhibition held in conjunction with launch of our School Website designed and developed by Donal Vaughan, past pupil of Shronell N.S.
Shronell has a proud history of local children with first class primary education as is evident from the schools outlined in the map above
The “old” school
Opened in 1898
Site of Old Technical School
Galtee Mór view