Hedge School

Front Page of Spelling primer used in Hedge Schools c1800

Front Page of Spelling primer used in Hedge Schools c1800

A hedge school is said to have been in existence in the area across the road from Hogg’s Pub at the junction of Cloveneden Road and Eagralougher Road. Word of mouth is the only evidence of this. Hedge schools or ‘pay schools’ (the children were charged a fee) were schools set up all over Ireland in the 18th and early 19th century. Although some of these schools may have operated in hedges many were located in very basic barns and buildings. Although the hedge school had been forbidden by law, no hedge teachers are known to have been prosecuted.

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