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Céad Míle Fáilte go 'Scoil Teampall Toinne-Welcome to 'Scoil Teampall Toinne' website.
We extend a 'céad mile fáilte' to everyone to Scoil Teampall Toinne school website (Suíomh Gréasáin na Scoile). 'Scoil Teampall Toinne' is a Catholic, co-educational National School in the parish of Béal Átha Póirín/Ballyporeen, Co. Thiobraid Árann.
The School operates under the guidelines provided by the Dept of Education and Skills. Irish/English is the medium of communication and instruction in the school.
We hope that our 'suíomh gréasáin scoile' or school website will provide us all - teachers, parents, friends & children- over time with an effective & useful means of communication.
We also look forward to the prospect of faraway past pupils, friends and/or relations being able to 'look in' on us and our school as it is today. Perhaps it might even bring back old memories for some-hopefully of a possitive kind!!
The aim of the website is to give our visitors over time an idea of some of the activities and events that take place in our school.
Má tá ceist ar bith agat, cuir glaoch orainn ar 052-7467536 nó seol ríomhphost (r-phost =email) chuig: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any query or concern at any stage, phone / email us & / or please feel free to arrange an appointment through our 'Rúnaí' (Secretary), Eibhlín Uí Mhaonaigh (Evelyn Meaney) & come and talk to us.
Tá súil againn go dtabharfaidh an suíomh seo deis do phaistí, tuismitheoirí agus do mhúinteoirí seal a chaitheamh linn ar aistear na foghlama. Tá áthas orainn go mbeidh ár ngaolta agus ár gcairde ó chian is ó chóngar in ann buaic phointí ár saol scoile a cheiliúradh linn.
Is scoil Caitliceach, comhoideachasúil í Scoil Teampall Toinne atá suite i bparóiste Bhéal Átha Póirín, Co. Thiobraid Árann. Tógadh an scoil seo ar ar a dtugaimid 'Scoil Teampall Toinne' sa bhliain 2004 agus feidhmíonn sí faoi ghnáthrialacha na Roinne Oideachais. Is í an Ghaeilge agus an Béarla na teangacha teagaisc sa scoil agus na teangacha cumarsáide idir na múinteoirí, na páistí agus an Bord Bainistíochta.
Origin & Brief History of 'Scoil Teampall Toinne
Visitors to 'Scoil Teampall Toinne' pass, on their way up the avenue to Scoil Teampall Toinne', the Old Boys’ School officially called - 'Scoil na mBuachaillí'. It was once referred to as 'The School by the River Duag' or 'Scoil cois na Dubhóige. It ages with the century. It was officially opened on the 30th of May 1900, but had been functioning as a school since the previous year (1899). There were three teachers then and one monitor. The staff on opening were as follows: Principal, Michéal De Neagh,(Ml. Neville); Senior assistant, Mr. Patrick Mc Keown; Junior assistant, Mr Ml. Fitzgibbon. The monitor was Master Edward O' Donnell. On the school roll were 154 boys in all. The school then was not, as developed later, a Senior Boys only N.S., but had all classes from infants up to 7th class and beyond.
What arrangement existed in that school with only two rooms for all the staff and pupils? There was 'a gallery' in the big room but that was removed in 1916 as it was no longer needed due to a general change in school rules.
Prior to 1905, the infants up to first class were taught in the small room, the middle classes in the gallery of the big classroom where the principal and monitor taught the senior classes as well in ordinary 'forms' (i.e. long school desks).
Why was the 'Gallery' not needed? Rule 127b first appeared in the revised Rules & Regulations for National schools in 1904. It stated that boys under 8 years of age,(later amended to 7 years) were ineligible for enrolment in a Boys’ School, where there was no assistant mistress on hand, unless there was no girls’ school in the locality. That was the writing on the wall for “The school by the Duag”. It provoked much anger at the time, but the rule was applied. The infants in the Boys' School had to then go to the Convent until Rang 1
As a result the Infant classes were taken up to the Convent School on the 2nd January 1905. With the infants gone, the small room then was used to accomodate the middle classes & the big room used for the senior classes. Things rested so, until 39 years later on the 1st July 1944, when further changes resulted in the 1st class been also taken up.
It was then officially a Senior Boys’ School only. No class changes occurred after that for a very long period until, following the closing of Ballyheafey School on the 1-7-1968, many pupils from there were carried by bus into Ballyporeen.
The next great change occurred when the Mercy Convent & 'Scoil na mBuachaillí' schools were amalgamated in 2000. However the schools still operated separately until September 2001 when the pupils in the Boys' School went up to the Convent School to facilitate the proposed building of a new Co-ed school.
So from Sept 2001 the two separate schools became one new co-educational school under the title of 'Scoil Teampall Toinne'.
On 22th December 2004 when the new school building to the rear of the old 'Scoil na mBuachaillí' was completed, teachers & pupils moved in.
Brí ainm na scoile nua-What's in a name?
'Scoil Teampall Toinne' is best translated as 'Templetenny School'. It is so called for two main reasons:
1.Our school is a Catholic School with a Catholic ethos but we welcome & respect members of all faiths and even those with no faith at all. Because we are a Catholic School we celebrate our Christian heritage and background.The school name reflects that background.
2. The old name for Ballyporeen Parish was 'Templetenny'. In the middle ages the parish church was 'Templetenny Church' . Its venerable ruin is still to be seen today. That church gave the parish its original name and our school respects and cherishes that fact.
'Ballyporeen' was merely the name of one a score of townlands in 'Templetenny Parish'. It in reality is a 'townland name' not a 'parish name'. However through historical circumstances it became the new centre of population within Templetenny Parish and gradually over a very long period, over 300 years, the proper parish name (Teampall Toinne) became synonymous with the commercial centre (Béal Átha Póirín) that had developed on the banks of the what was called the 'Oundhu' in the Civil Survey in the 1660's. ('Oundhu' or 'Avondhu' is merely the phonetic rendition of the Gaelic -'Abhainn na Dubhóige' - i.e. Riven Duag - meaning 'the small blackwater river'.)
It is to keep alive that old Christian parish name that our new school uses the title 'Scoil Teampall Toinne.
Templetenny Church was closed in the 1530's following Henry 8th decrees against Catholic worship. From then until the Penal Laws were repealed in 1829 (i.e. a period of over 300 years) Catholics were forced to worship in various hidden and often secret locations around the parish and often outside of it. Such places as Carraig Mhistéala, Scart, etc. were just some of the places frequented for worship.
By the time Catholic Emancipation was granted in the 1820's the parish focus had moved for commercial reasons down to the townland of Ballyporeen.
A new centre of population had sprung up around the busy mill near the River Dwag in the townland of Ballyporeen and the old medieval population centre around Templetenny Church had almost vanished. That was a natural consequence of 300 years of oppression following its suppression when its roof was removed and burned according to traditional lore.
During that 300 year period of suppression a new centre of population had grown up by the River Dwag, into the village we know today as Ballyporeen. However for a period in the 1700's the population around Carrig Mhistéil was such that the parish was occassionally refered to by that name. Such then was the fluidity of the situation during that long period of oppression when the Penal Laws were in full force and Catholic 'townships' could be tolerated or suppressed at the whim of a a ruthless Protestant Ascendancy who dominated especially in Co. Tipperary at that time.
That gradual relocation of the population centre resulted in the gradual replacement of the old parish name of 'Templetenny'.
From about 1816 on the parish name informally changed to Ballyporeen. When Emancipation cleared the way for Catholics to worship in public, it was inevitable that the new catholic church would be built in the new centre of population in Ballyporeen and not back at its earlier deserted location in Templetenny.
Given that historical background it is very important for us to preserve the old name of 'Teampall Toinne' to remind the next generation of Templetenny's former glory.
It was a hallowed spot for our ancestors who suffered so much for hundreds of years under cruel 'Penal Laws'. We must never forget their sufferings!
It is a remarkable fact that only three principals served in the old 'Scoil na mBuachaillí' since 1894 right up until today. Before 1894 there were four principals in less that 25 years. However since 1894 records have been broken. Each principal has given a remarkably long period of service in the school.
An tUas.Michéal De Neagh (Neville) NT, first as assistant (1894 to 1898) and then as principal from 1898 until 1836. Michéal’s stay lasted 42 years. An tUas. Labhrás O Conchrubhair (Mr. Larry O’ Connor NT) completed 40 years as well, retiring in 1976. I myself am on my 38th year in Ballyporeen in the position (two prior years given in 'the capital'-Baile Átha Cliath) and only time will tell what fate awaits me. Certainly there must be some attraction in that old “school house”!
Few school hold that record today where just three principals span from the late ninetheenth to twenty first century- a period of almost 120 years! Many schools would have that number of principals in thirty years not to mind in a period spanning almost a century and a quarter. It's a record that can not be surpassed unless future pension ages change radically and teachers have to serve for 50 years or more!! Even then however it would be 150 more before the record could be broken!!
Other principals of the Old Boy's School that stare at us from the nineteenth century, are:Thomas Veale, Martin C. Cowman, Edmond O Meara and John P. Mackey.
Sean Scoil na mBuachaillí- Old BNS
Original two Lay single sex schools-a Girls NS & a Boys NS (1869-1887) & Mercy Convent NS from 1887-1996. Lay single sex school again from 1996-2001. From 2001 -2004 a Co-Ed School. Closed 2004.
The first official “Board of Education” Schools in the village were opened on that site on the 1st -8-1870. There were two schools in that one building originally. The Boys’ School was under the principalship of Thomas Veale, aged 46, with his assistant Hannah Lomasney, aged 23. The principal of the Girls’ School was Kate Murphy and she had an assistant also. Two hundred children was the average attendance in the schools at that time. The schools were lay schools and had no religious connection then, but within 17 years (1887) that all changed, as we shall see.
Ballypooreen BNS Book
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