In the 1920s judging by inspectors’ reports there was a great demand for an improvement in the conditions at the school. One such report dated January 1924 stated that ‘the ceiling of the room is unsafe, the desks are very old and unsteady and the out-offices are in a poor state of repair’ while another report of February 1925 said that ‘ the children are alert and interested in their studies despite depressing surroundings.’
Ballinagh National School 1818-1934
(Now Ballinagh Service Station, Cavan Road. Picture taken circa 1928)
Back row (left to right): Isobel Finnegan, Kathleen Farrell, Mary Gaynor, Baba Conaty, Lily Noonan, Bridget Collins, Katie Gumley, Maggie Holmes, Bridget Sheridan, Molly McCann.
Second row (left to right): Mary Ann Collins, Maggie Boylan, Beatrice Noonan, Peggy Smith, Roseta Devine, Maureen Wall, Kathleen Gaynor.
Third row (left to right): Loo Somerset, Marie Duffy, Maggie Ferns, Phyllis Cowan, Mary Ellen Murray, Maureen Bradley, Nancy Rourke, Maura Boland, Kathleen Murray, Maureen Stewart, Kathleen Smith, Patricia Campbell.
Front row (left to right): Bridget Farrell, Maggie Smith, Kathleen Smith, Bridget Reilly, Kathleen Sheridan, Mary Connolly.
‘The old school house’ as it is today
Ballinagh Service Station (owned by Mr Colm Smith in picture)