Friday, August 12, 2022

The former school building in Rathanna, now its community hall

RATHANNA ICA is again celebrating National Heritage Week this year, shining a spotlight on a former local school.

Following the success of their ‘Road Trip with a Twist’ entry for Heritage Week in 2021, the women were inspired to seek out a new project for 2022. Irish Countrywomen Association guilds around the county regularly compete against one another in mini-competitions. And one of those contests tasked them with designing a poster on an historical building or feature of their community.

Members of the Rathanna guild decided to make a poster on the former Rathanna School building, which the group now use for meetings as it functions as the local community hall.

When designing the poster, guild member Helena McAteer was inspired to delve further into the history of Rathanna School. The guild contacted Carlow County Council’s heritage officer Dr Eoin O’Sullivan and following a meet-up in July decided to host an event for Heritage Week, which runs from 13-21 August.

The project, titled ‘Rathanna NS – Memories of our School Days’ will be held on Sunday 14 August from 10am to noon in Rathanna Community Hall (R95 HH68). Past pupils of the school and all who have an interest in social history are invited to attend. The aim is to gather photographic, written and oral information from past pupils of the school and members of the community. This information may be used to produce a written/digital document in the future.

People with photographs or written documents are asked to please share them in advance of the day. All documents will be copied by kind permission of the owners.

For more information, email [email protected] or phone 0876 100016/087 1269014.

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