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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

William Quinn and His Siblings Attended the Northampton National School in County Galway

The Northampton National School, built in 1853, is now a private residence. 

Five of the seven children of William Quinn and Bridget Brannelly were listed as scholars on the 1901 census of Caheravoneen South in County Galway. John - age 10, Mary Anne - age 12, Margaret - age 9, William - age 6, and Peter - age 4 were the scholars.  Children in Caheravoneen "attended school about a mile up the road" according to our friend who knew the area well. 

The local school was Northampton National School. It was was opened in May 1853. It is possible several generations of Quinns attended the school. A new school building opened in the 1950s. 

On the 1911 census, it was reported that William and Bridget Quinn's children, Peter, Delia, and Celia, attended school. Peter might be in a 1910 photo of the boys attending the school. Click here to see the photo the boys and other local Northampton/Kinvara photos.  

The Northampton National School served children from many neighboring townlands. Children attended school until about age 14. The younger students were taught in the rooms to the right of the building and the older students in rooms on the left side. Boys and girls were schooled together, but during recess were separated by walls in the outside play area. 

Our friend, formerly of Caheravoneen, attended school in the old building and later purchased and beautifully renovated the old school as his private residence. He gave us a tour of the old school (his home) and also showed us much of the surrounding area. 

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Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.

Breatnach, C., & Korff, A. (1997). Kinvara: a seaport town on Galway Bay. Newtownlynch, Kinvara, Co. Galway: Tír Eolas.

Residents of a house 3 in Caheravoneen South (Cahermore, Galway). N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Apr. 2017. <>.

 Ireland Census 1911 Transcription. Web. 12 Apr. 2017. <>.

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