Eyon National School, Eyon townland, Co. Limerick
(dated 1800 – 1840)
Eyon National School is situated in the rolling rural landscape of northeast Limerick, just east of Brittas Bridge on the southern side of the R505. The surrounding countryside is sparsely populated today. The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage dates this school house to between 1800 and 1840. However, it does not appear on the First Edition OS sheet for the area. The building is indicated on the Second Edition Ordnance Survey sheet dating to the early years of the 20th century:
Although now in a poor state of preservation, this former school house retains its original form. Its modest design is enlivened by the use of varied material in its construction with the limestone walls contrasting with the brickwork of the window surrounds and chimneystacks. The use of these materials adds textural variation to the appearance of the building. As was common in the early nineteenth-century school buildings, there was separate entrance for girls and boys and these still remain visible today.