A new and exiting publication, entitled ‘Pouldine School – Inné agus Inniu’, was launched in the Horse and Jockey Hotel, on Saturday Dec. 5th last, by His Grace the Most Rev. Dermot Clifford – Archbishop of Cashel and Emly.
This 340 page book was compiled and edited by a former Principal Teacher at the school – Liam Ó Donnchú. The book traces the story of the school from its foundation during the Great Famine years beginning in 1847, the Hedge schools that preceded it and all the developments in the old and new school, down through the decades.
The official name of the school is Moycarkey National School, but as it’s situated in the townland and at the famous crossroads of Pouldine it is better known by the latter.
It’s an area steeped in sport, especially the G.A.A., where hurling and athletics were to the fore since the early years of organised sport. This love of sport is reflected in the photos and pages of the book. Indeed, the photographic content forms a significant part, with some photos going back to the early years of the last century.
Some past pupils and teachers have recalled their memories of school-days at Pouldine and these add a very interesting and sometimes humorous dimension to the book. Many articles on the local history, archaeology and folklore of the parish are included, all suitably illustrated with photographs. Former Principal Teachers and School Managers are also profiled.
All in all, a thoroughly comprehensive record of Pouldine School, which is an integral part of the Moycarkey-Borris parish and has touched the lives of generations of pupils. It will be of interest to every home in the parish and beyond.
An ideal Christmas gift for those at home and abroad or those wishing to understand, more fully, Irish life during this period in Ireland’s past.
This excellent, in-dept and value for money publication is now on sale in the following outlets – Price €20
This book can also be ordered by Post (Price €25) from: Pouldine School History, Pouldine N.S., Thurles, Co. Tipperary.