A Disused National School at Tullaghan, Co. Leitrim

A disused National School at Tullaghan, Co. Leitrim

(Dated mid-20th century)

ING: 179441, 358747


I passed this disused National School just outside the seaside town of Bundoran in Co. Donegal early one Monday morning. It is situated just off the N15 on the Sligo side of the town. It had no name plate or date that I could see, though it appears to be a recently abandoned mid-20th century school house.




If you or someone you know attended this national school, or if you have any further information about this school – please do get in touch and share any stories, anecdotes, photographs, or any other memories you may have. If you know of  further schools that I could visit, please do let me know.

9 thoughts on “A Disused National School at Tullaghan, Co. Leitrim”

  1. hello
    yes i went to tullaghan school from 1940 to 1949 aprox.
    teachers mrs dolan bundoran infants & classes 1 & 2
    master joe maguire also from bundoran classes 3 to 6th and final class
    catchment area bundoran to co sligo border and gubercreany area
    we had no running water or flush toilets, open mess pit that had to be cleaned out every year, very smelly.
    heating(turf)was provided by parents of pupils and stored at front of school.
    mixed school boys and girls
    2 cloakrooms one for boys and 1 for girls at each end of hallway
    both teachers were heavy smokers and in the class room !!!.
    but in fairness they were great teachers, they taught us everything
    (if you wanted to learn) and after all those years i often tell people how versatile they were.
    yes we got the cane when we misbehaved or did not do home work

    we the mulreanys lived next door to the school in later years until mum and dad passed away in 1961 and 1963.
    when on holidays i often have a peek in to remind me of times gone by. great times and happy memories.
    pat mulreany perth western australia


      1. Hello I went to this school from 1965 for 8 years ! Teacher was Mrs Ferguson and Mrs Mc Glown both local ladies! I had strange days there some sad some happy! I am intrigued to look inside! Once again
        Rosemarie Rodgers! Then Keating Darcy


    1. Hi I’ve only just seen this post. I was wondering if this was the school my mum and her brother attended. My mum was born in 1938 and her brother in 1935. Their names were Mary Bridget Higgins and her brother was called John but was always known as Jack Higgins . Thanks


  2. My sisters and I were pupils at Tullaghan in about 1948-50
    Years later I wrote a poem based on my memories. Older
    kids got to mix the ink powder and water and fill the ink wells,
    while others would sprinkle wet tealeaves and brush the floors.
    Sean Joyce

    Tullaghan School – First Day

    The clear true note of the tuning fork.
    The first row starts the first line
    …Three blind mice
    And when we start the second line
    ….See how they run The second row
    starts the first line
    And when we start the third line
    …They all ran after the Farmer’s wife
    The third row starts the first line
    By the time my brother’s row starts
    the first line we are already on the
    shocking one that goes
    …She cut off their tails with a carving knife
    And, when my sister’s row, at the back
    start the first line
    We are finishing with a resounding
    …Did you ever see such a thing in your life
    …As three blind mice.


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