Thursday 8th October 2020 We are learning about school in our Grandparents' time in history and decided to take a walk to the original Ballymartin National School. This was a single roomed building which was partitioned into two classrooms. It was built in the 1850s and was used for over 100 years up to 1968s. Dry toilets were located at the back of the school. A nearby pump supplied spring water. Heating was provided by means of an open fire and a small stove. It was normal for each child to bring a sod of turf or some wood to keep the fire going during the day.
We were blessed with a beautiful day. Mr Hogan had made out a list of challenges and items for us to spot on our walk. The most common trees were the Ash, Sycamore and Horse Chestnut. We spotted lots of wild berries also - Rose Hope, Blackberries, Sloes and Haws.
Many of our Grandparents went to school there and we will publish some information on their school life next week.