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Causeway school to be restored by National Trust

The Causeway Memorial School
Mairead Holland

A LISTED school building close to the Giant's Causeway is to be restored after being taken over by the National Trust.

The Causeway Memorial School in Co Antrim, which was built in 1915, accepted its last primary school pupils in 1962.

It was later used as an educational resource, giving children a live experience of schooling in bygone days, before closing again in 2013.

The school had been under the care of the Causeway Memorial School Trust (CMST).

Charlie Macnaghten, whose great-grandfather Edward, Baron Macnaghten of Runkerry the school was built in memory of, said: "We believe it is now time for the trust to hand over to the National Trust so they may invest in restoring the building to its former glory and significance in its community.”

The building has many unique details including bas reliefs made by the Macnaghtens' friend, the sculptor Rosamund Praeger, one of which depicts the Children of Lir.

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