Irrespective of whether we loved or hated school, the memories of our early schooling especially at primary level, remain with us for a lifetime. Our formative years create a lasting impression that is often difficult to shed, no matter how much we might wish to do so!
This section of the site aims to capture all available data and recollections of schooling in the Calry area, focusing mainly on primary level education, though other institutes of learning are also covered. Information on schools, teachers and pupils is presented along with key events both of an official and extra-curricular nature. The Timeline of schooling in Calry presents a succinct chronological overview of education in the area from documented sources dating back to the 17th century.
The Schools Collection is an extremely rich resource arising from a project run by the Irish Folklore Commission in collaboration with the Department of Education in 1937-8. More than 50,000 schoolchildren from 5,000 schools in the 26 counties of the Irish Free State were enlisted to collect folklore in their home districts. The stories written by the children and submitted by their respective schools cover oral history, topographical information, folktales and legends, riddles and proverbs, games and pastimes, trades and crafts. The children recorded this material from their parents, grandparents, and neighbours.
The Calry area has been fortunate to have benefitted from the services of many excellent primary school teachers and the schools have generated a number of notable scholars. Profiles of some of the alumni are presented under Teachers and Scholars from Calry.