West Cork History

In the early 19th century there was an extensive network of informal or hedge schools in the area.  A Parliamentary enquiry of 1823 lists these.

An idea of what informal schools might be like is described in the Diary of Humprey O”Sullivn (Amhlaóibh Ó Suilleabáin) published in1 820. In the 1790she and his father left the Killarney area to set up a hedge school in South Kilkenny. The locals built a sod ouse in three days for the school. he later left teaching and became a prosperous merchant.

The Church of Ireland schools had funding from the Church Education Society.  Their records are in the Representative Church Body Library in Rathgar in Dublin.  Some schools were set up by the Erasmus Smith organisation and their records are held in the Archive of the High School in Dublin.

The Islands and Coast Society was a nakedly prosylesytising society and set up…

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