Loughwell National School, Laughil townland, Co.Galway

Loughwell National School, Laughil townland, Co.Galway

(dated mid-1950s)

NGR: 117846, 228891

May – Driving between Moycullen and Spiddal in Co. Galway: Loughwell is a townland of Moycullen in the Galway Connemara Gaeltacht. Loughwell school stands on the Moycullen Spiddal road there. The school house that stands there today dates to the mid-1950s, but replaced an earlier building that stood on the site. The earlier building is identified on the Second Edition Ordnance Survey sheet for the area:

Loughwell abandoned National School


The two-classroom school was constructed probably during the first decade of the 20th century. In the 1970s  the small national school at Loughwell closed and was amalgamated with Scoil Mhuire in Moycullen when the new central school was built there and opened in 1979.






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Loughwell Pre 1950

The image above shows the building that pre-dated the 1950s Loughwell School house (after Beo – Irish Digital Heritage). Below is the Second Edition Ordnance Survey sheet showing this original building on the same site:

Loughwell NS 25 inches to one mile

If you or someone you know attended this national school, please do get in touch and share any stories, anecdotes, photographs, or any other memories you may have.

3 thoughts on “Loughwell National School, Laughil townland, Co.Galway”

  1. I might be able to help with some more info about the school. My grandfather helped build the school above in I believe 1958 .I also know that the older school still survives as my grandmother used to attend it in the early 20th century and is a couple of hundred meters away from the newer school.i hope this info may be of use!


    1. Hello Martin,
      I believe that the original school building was almost next door. I’ve found a photo of it which I will add shortly. It’s great to get some personal memories of these places and thanks for getting in touch.


  2. My grandmother taught in Leam national school from about 1947 onwards. She lived in the residence next door with many of her 12 children. Do you have any photos of the interior?


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