The Old School in Tang

Old National School


Old National School

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The old primary school of  at Tang served as a school from 1858 to 1965. Prior to this local children attended 'hedge schools' including one with a teacher named Dooner. The new school was single storey and built on land donated by John Dawson. Michael McElynn was the first teacher in the school. It is said the school was built by a Mr Bracken who may also have built the adjacent Catholic church. In 1878 the school was extended upwards by local carpenters the Wards. Mr Tom Cashell was made principal in 1934 and there are some school records in existence from this date onwards.