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A Dublin couple turned an unwanted school into a successful Airbnb, writes Mark Keenan

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Room with a view: The mezzanine area of The Old Fieldstown Schoolhouse was once home to the master bedroom but is now a relaxation and viewing lounge

Room with a view: The mezzanine area of The Old Fieldstown Schoolhouse was once home to the master bedroom but is now a relaxation and viewing lounge

The reception room

The reception room

The living room

The living room

The hallway

The hallway

The kitchen

The kitchen

The exterior of the schoolhouse

The exterior of the schoolhouse

Joanne McCabe

Joanne McCabe

An Irish country school of old

An Irish country school of old

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Room with a view: The mezzanine area of The Old Fieldstown Schoolhouse was once home to the master bedroom but is now a relaxation and viewing lounge

Last year archaeologist Enda O'Flaherty published one of the most beautiful and poignant Irish photo studies to be seen in recent times.

His book, Deserted Schools of Ireland, was the product of his quest to document in photos the ruination of hundreds of once loved schools the length and breadth of Ireland.

Deserted Schools features 240 crumbling or ruined school houses, mostly Victorian and early 20th century era buildings, that served generations of children in rural Ireland before the State began investing properly in education in earnest in the 1950s and 1960s.


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