Historic photograph of former Armagh school to go display

Pupils and teachers at the former Carricknagavna National School in south Armagh pose for the school's only known photo in 1901
John Monaghan

THE names and townlands of pupils at a former school in south Armagh will be recalled at an event to be held this week.

The former Carricknagavna National School, in the parish of Forkhill, opened on June 1, 1858 and was a feature of life in south Armagh throughout the late 19th century.

The two-roomed building which stood as the school had been the dwelling house of Seamus Murphy, who emigrated to the US along with his family, and remained open until November 1908.

The only known photograph of pupils at the school was captured during the census of Ireland in 1901.

Amongst those in the photo is the sewing mistress (centre with hat), Susan O’Toole of Lislea, who later emigrated to England and became the mother of the socialist writer Peter Donnelly.

The Lunasa Festival event, due to take place at the Tí Chulainn Centre in Mullaghbawn on Thursday from 7pm to 9pm, will take a closer look at the pupils who featured in the historic photograph.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

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