Monasteroris NS History

Monasteroris National School - Edenderry
Monasteroris National School Edenderry Crest

1813 - 1823

Monasteroris National School was known for many years as Edenderry (2) National School. Its history extends back to 1813 when the first school building was built of lime and stone and covered with English slate at Church Walk, Edenderry. The school was built by the Marquees of Downshire at a cost of £159.00, which was deemed expensive at the time.

Parish records show that Mr James Allen was appointed as principal in 1823 and worked six days weekly and was obliged to teach Sunday School each Sunday. The Allen family had apartments at the rear of the school house. Records from August 1823 show that 72 children were attending the school, 39 of whom could read.

In 1971 a re-organisation of the educational facilities in the area resulted in the amalgamation of Clonbullogue and Carbury schools with Edenderry. This resulted in the addition of a prefab building. The old school building by now in bad repair was finally replaced by a modern two classroom school on a new site in the grounds of the Rectory in 1982.

The new building was officially opened by the then Minister of Education Mrs. Gemma Hussey T.D. on 13th April 1984. The new school, now called Monasteroris National School took its name from the parish in which it is situated – Monasteroris.

1971 - 1984

2007 - Date

The new millennium brought many new and exciting changes to Monasteroris National School. In 2007 a fantastic extension was added to the existing building. Monasteroris now has four bright and excellently resourced classrooms, a large pitch and playground and a fantastic PE hall which is utilised all year round for PE, drama productions, music, assemblies and much more !

The history of our school spans over two centuries. We are very proud of how our school has developed and grown during this time and we look forward to many more years of educating and supporting our pupils.

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