History of the School
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 Appointment: Mary Coleman was appointed.
Retirement: Nora Stapleton retired and
Appointment: Clair McMahon was appointed.
Emigration: Clair McMahon emigrated to America and
Appointment: Nora Ring of near Charleville was appointed and she married T. Greene of Lattin.
Retirement: Séan Coleman retired at 65 years and opened a private school in the building that was St Mary`s Parochial School (Protestant), Tipperary Town.
Appointment: 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.
Teacher leaves: 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!
1991: 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.
Easter 1993: 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).
In 2005 the classes were divided as follows:
Mary Devlin: Junior & Senior Infants (vice principal) she also took over all responsibility for sport and aided by Marguerite, our teams went from strength to strength.
Marguerite Kelly: 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes.
Mary Coleman: 4th, 5th and 6th classes, Mary was then teaching the children of her past pupils. She retired on August 31st 2007.
An application was made in 2006 for a grant to cover the cost of a staff car park but this wasn`t granted.
Rosemary Buckley: 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 Kuss: Geraldine started as secretary in September 2005.
Felicity Thompson: Felicity started as a Special Needs Assistant in May 2006 and finished in March 2010 due to SNA cutbacks by Government.
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.
Shronell National School is 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.
Ms Margaret McSweeney started as part-time resource teacher (3 days a week, 1 hour per day) shared with Lisvernane N.S. This was a one year contract.
Rosemary Buckley returned as S.N.A. from Tankerstown N.S in September 2015 and worked in the junior room with Ms Devlin who returned to work in September 2015.
A new Board was appointed consisting of Roger Corcoran (Chairperson), Fr.Egan (Bishops Rep), Frankie Franklin (Principal), Mary Devlin (Teacher’s Rep), Catherine Heffernan and Tim Carey (Parents Rep) and Liam Vaughan, Anne Corcoran (Community Rep).
Marguerite Kelly took on the shared Learning Support role between Cullen and Shronell, while Roisin Power Reilly took on first second and third classes.
Received notification from An Taisce that school’s application for the first Green Flag has been successful, under the direction of Ms Roisin Reilly.
Margaret Mulcrone finishes as cleaner. Robert Vaughan appointed as replacement.
Roisin Reilly goes on maternity leave. Emma Ní Cheallaigh covers leave in first, second and third classes.
27th / 28th October Celebrations for the 50 year anniversary of the new school was marked with a celebration & raising of the Green Flag, including mass on 28/10/17 and the publication of a commemorative book, called “A Celebration in Education”.
After 16 years, our deputy principal, Mary Devlin retired. Mary’s love of sport was passed on to the children as she gave them a “sporty” token on her departure. Mary introduced tennis, GAA, rugby, swimming lessons amongst others during her time here.
In the summer of 2018, Catherine White was appointed from the panel as Mary Devlin’s replacement. In September 2018, Marguerite Kelly was appointed deputy principal. Roisín Reilly went on maternity leave in December 2018 with her second child.
Martina Moloney joined the staff to cover Roisín Reilly’s maternity leave.
In March 2019, Principal Frankie Franklin, announced her intention to depart Shronell NS after 12 years of service to the school. She left to begin her new position in Gaelscoil Calaidh an Treoigh on June 7th 2019. On her final day, we raised two flags – our Gaelbratach which Ms Franklin led in promoting the use of Gaeilge in our school and our Amber Flag which was led by Marguerite Kelly.
Orla Hickey, a native of Galbally, was appointed as the new principal of Shronell NS, coming from Valleymount NS in Wicklow.
In September 2019, Catherine White began her maternity leave with her second child. Mandy Harty was appointed to substitute for the duration of this maternity leave.
Roisín Reilly left Shronell NS to take up a principalship in Dromindoora NS Co Clare after 7 years in Shronell.
Work begins on our school garden. A garden committee was formed to oversee this project comprising of staff, parents and children.
An unprecedented, global Covid 19 pandemic caused school closures world wide in March 2020, which was the last day of in school learning for pupils. Online learning took over and the staff of Shronell NS embraced Seesaw as their learning forum.
Shronell NS was awarded funding to build on a corridor that would allow universal access to all pupils to all parts of the school. The contractor, Frank Murray, began work on our project in June. This continued on for the rest of the year, where it was completed in December.
Karen Quinlan was appointed from the panel to fill our permanent vacancy and took on the role of SET. A second SNA position was sanctioned for Shronell NS and Ruth McCarthy was appointed to fill this position. Catherine White returned from maternity leave.
Schools face another nationwide closure as Covid 19 cases increase dramatically. Schools remained closed for January and February. Junior classes returned on March 1st and senior classes returned two weeks later.
Our school garden progresses at a quick pace with fantastic support from our school community. Raised beds, a wildflowers garden, bug hotels and sand boxes among others bring great delight to our pupils.
New yard markings are laid during Easter.