Glen schoolchildren are treasured for posterity

Mary Murphy

Published 12/02/2014 | 05:36

THE names of generations of young boys and girls who attended Glen National School are set to live on in posterity thanks to a generous donation this week to Kerry County Library.

THE names of generations of young boys and girls who attended Glen National School are set to live on in posterity thanks to a generous donation this week to Kerry County Library.

The Ballinkselligs school closed in 1973, and transcripts of roll books dating as far back as the 1860s were passed over to the historical collection at the County Library at a special ceremony on Friday last.

The generous donation was made by former teacher Patrick O'Leary who painstakingly copied the original roll books and preserved the names of the boys and girls who attended the school down through the years.

There were separate roll books for the boys and girls and the transcript contains all the girls names who attended the school from 1867 to 1926.

The boy's transcript covers the years, 1867 to 1957.

Patrick did his teacher training practice in the school in 1970. The Glen was one of the first national schools built in Kerry and provided education to the children of Ballinkselligs for over a century.

The transcripts will be held safely in the Archives of Kerry Library and will provide a wonderful resource for local historians and people tracing their family tree.

"This gift of transcripts of this nature is not only very generous of Patrick O'Leary who had the hindsight as a young student teacher to preserve the names of the schoolchildren but is a generous treasure for future generations to come," Kerry County Librarian, Tommy O'Connor said.

The transcripts will be made available to researchers and scholars who will be free to consult them in the local history and archives section which is based at Library Headquarters at Tralee.

Kerryman

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