Toberroe National School, Toberroe East townland, Co. Galway

Toberroe National School, Toberroe East townland, Co. Galway

(dated c.1901)

NGR: 169382, 265952

Toberroe National School - view from the rear

Toberroe National School is located in the townland of Toberroe East in North Galway. Although constructed around 1901 Griffiths Valuation of c.1855 shows that lands belonging to John Cheevers were at that time exempt from taxation as part school grounds and buildings. This would indicate that an earlier school house was in existence in the townland at this time.

Griffith's Valuation Toberroe II

This earlier building can be identified on the north-eastern boundary of the townland on the First Edition Ordnance Survey sheet for the area (dating to c.1840). The present building continued in use until recent times and is in a good state of preservation with much of the old school furniture still inside.

Toberroe First Ed

The present building comprises a detached eight-bay single-storey national school with separate entrances to rear for boys and girls. It has a pitched slate roof with render eaves, red brick chimney-stacks and cast-iron rainwater goods. The walls are rendered ruled and lined, having an inscribed limestone plaque. it includes square-headed windows having timber six-pane upper flaps over nine-pane fixed lights. There is a garden to front bounded by rubble limestone wall with gateways having square piers with chamfered caps and metal gates. To the rear is the former toilet block for male and female children.


This school, built to a standard design, is the longest of its type in the county. Although no longer in use, it is still in reasonable condition and retains its original timber windows and many other details.


Above is a photograph of the pupils of Toberroe National School taken in 1983 (Copyright Beo Irish Heritage Digital Archives)

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.

4 thoughts on “Toberroe National School, Toberroe East townland, Co. Galway”

  1. Thanks for the fabulous articles and photos of the disused schools, my father Frank Howley lived in Tobberoe and went to the Tobberoe school, he was born in 1900. and my mother went to the school in Sonnagh, she was born in 1905, there is another school heading down the road from the Sonnagh school to Kilchreest village, just before the church on the right side there is a disused school.


  2. Enda,
    Very interesting to find this building still extant. John Cheevers, was my gt. gt. g/father. Toberroe East was part of his 2nd estate Turlough, but the house was burned down in 1800’s. The stone for Toberroe, would I guess be quarried, on Turlough, as for the new building at Killyan House, the gate Lodge, gate posts etc c 1872. The family head was seated there either 4th quarter 1700’s or late 1700’s. Chevers were at Killyan, from Dec 1653/early 1654 until they left in 1924. The old N/S of Cill Liathain, was demolished in 1957, and a new school built,
    Closed around 2010.
    With best regards,
    Max Chevers

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