History

Powerstown National School is situated about two miles east of Clonmel, beside Powerstown Church. There is a long tradition of education in the area, dating back to records of a hedge school in the mid 19th Century. The school has expanded over the years to its current size, with 377 pupils and 18 permanent teachers. There are also a number of part-time teachers who visit to provide learning support to children with special educational needs. 

 

The original school at Powerstown was a two-roomed building, which can still be seen today opposite the church. It is now a family home. It was built in 1853 under the Famine Relief Scheme. The school transferred to its current site in 1951. The two rooms were warmed by an open fire, replaced later by a pot bellied stove. As late as the mid 1980’s, children who attended the school collected coal from the shed to light the stoves in the mornings. 

 

In 1986, the school was extended and the older part became the school hall. There were then five new purpose-built classrooms on site plus a general area for P.E. and assemblies. However, the school population quickly increased again and the hall had to become a classroom once more.

 

In 2001, the Department of Education provided funding for a temporary building to serve as a classroom as the number of students increased. Another pre-fabricated building was required in 2003 and another in 2005, 2006 and 2008. In 2010, using a once-off grant, a new classroom extension and special education room were added to the school. The final pre-fabricated building arrived in 2013 to serve as a classroom, leaving a total of six pre-fabs on site, serving as classrooms and special education facilities.

 

Funding for the replacement of pre-fabs was secured from the Department in 2013 and linked to a large scale project to convert the heating system from oil to gas and completely upgrade the heating within the school. The combined project was completed in August 2016 and six new classrooms were brought into use. However, there remains a deficit in accommodation for special education and two pre-fabs serve this purpose. The school also gained a teacher as a developing school and this class is housed in another pre-fab. So despite the building work to eliminate temporary accommodation from the site, three of the pre-fabs have had to be retained to provide for the school’s needs.

 

In 2004, Oliver and Andrew McGrath, past pupils of the school, donated approximately an acre of their land to serve as a school field on a long term lease. Bulmers Ltd. squared off this piece with a donation of land from their orchard. Bulmers provided more land in 2008 and gave a further 0.5 acres to the school in 2014 to replace the land that would be put under building. The generosity of these neighbours has allowed the school to preserve its vision of providing adequate play space for the children.

 

No history of Powerstown School would be complete without mentioning two families. From 1929 to 1933, Ned O’ Connor was principal. His wife, Kathleen succeeded him until 1964. Michael Horan was then appointed principal for the next 29 years until he retired in 1993. His wife, Mary, took over the role of principal until she retired in 2004. This link is continued today as our school secretary, Fionnuala Roche, is a daughter of Michael and Mary Horan.

 

Staffing

The records for the school are not complete as a number of important registers were destroyed in a fire and others have disappeared. The following records are the best we can provide, based on the sources available. Other reliable information would be gratefully accepted.

 

Principal Teachers

Name

Year Appointed

Year of Departure

Purpose of Departure

 

 

 

 

Patrick Dalton

1892

1928

Retirement

Ned O’ Connor

1928

1932

Transfer to be principal of Lisronagh

Catherine O’ Connor

1932

1964

Retirement

Michael Horan

1964

1993

Retirement

Mary Horan

1993

2004

Retirement

Eugene Fogarty

2004

Current

 

 

 

Assistant Teachers

Name

Year Appointed

Purpose of Appointment

Year of Departure

Purpose of Departure

 

 

 

 

 

Brigid Dalton

1894

1st Assistant

1936

Retirement

Helena O’ Brien

1936

Replace B. Dalton

1945

Not Recorded

Ann Hallissey

1945

Replace H. O’ Brien

1950

Not Recorded

Ann Tierney

1950

Replace A. Hallissey

1958

Not Recorded

Áine Lanigan

1958

Replace A. Tierney

1962

Transfer

Mary Waters

1962

Increase to 3 teachers in the school

1966

Not Recorded

Treasa Hussey

1962

Replace A. Lanigan

1963

Not Recorded

Mary Lynch

1963

Replace T. Hussey

1966

Not Recorded

May Collendar

1966

Replace M. Waters

1973

Transfer

Annie Keane

1966

Replace M. Lynch

1968

RIP

Mary Horan

1968

Replace A. Keane

2004

Retirement

Sheila Phelan

1973

Replace M. Collendar

1975

Transfer Principal Lisronagh

Ann Walsh

1975

Replace S. Phelan

1986

Not Recorded

Jill Duffy

1977

Increase to 4 teachers in the school

2008

Retirement

Kathleen Luttrell

1986

Replace A. Walsh

Current

 

Laois Power

1989

Increase to 5 teachers in the school

1992

Drop in Pupil Numbers with closure of Digital Factory. Loss of teaching post

Fergus Flynn

1993

Retirement Michael Horan

Current

 

Sean Bergin

1994

Increase to 5 teachers in the school

Current

 

Caitriona Walsh

1994

Special Ed Post Increase to 6 teachers in the school

Current

 

Eileen Cunningham

1998

Increase to 7 teachers in the school

2001

Transfer

Carmel Clancy

1998

Replace F. Flynn Teacher Exchange

1999

1 Year Contract

Linda Ward

1999

Replace F. Flynn Teacher Exchange

2000

1 Year Contract

Deirdre Flanagan

2001

Replace E. Cunningham

Current

 

Olivia O’ Mahony

2002

Increase to 8 teachers in the school

Current

 

Cliodhna Breen

2002

Increase to 9 teachers in the school with

Admin. Principal

2013

Transfer

Principal Bansha / Now Killenaule

Eimear O’ Dea

2003

Increase to 10 teachers in the school

2008

Transfer

Jacinta Moloney

Temporary 2005

Permanent 2006

Cover C. Breen

Special Ed Post Increase to 11 teachers in the school

Current

 

Diarmuid Burke

2006

Increase to 12 teachers in the school

Current

 

Emma O’ Callaghan

Temporary 2006

Permanent 2008

Cover C. Breen

Replace E. O’ Dea

Current

 

Aileen Nugent

Temporary 2007

Permanent 2008

Cover F. Flynn

Replace J. Duffy

Current

 

Evelyn O’ Dwyer

Temporary 2008

Permanent 2008

Cover C. Breen

Increase to 13 teachers in the school

Current

 

Eoin Morrissey

Temporary 2008

Cover C. Breen

2009

Transfer Principal Golden / Now St. Mary’s, Irishtown

Niamh Coffey

Temporary 2009

Cover C. Breen

2012

Transfer

Pauric Stapleton

Temporary 2010

Cover A. Nugent

2011

Transfer

Mairead Wall

2010

Increase to 14 teachers in the school

Current

 

Paula St. John

Part Time 2010

 

Special Ed Post

Maternity Cover

2012

Transfer

Emma Dunlea

2010

Maternity Cover

2010

Transfer

Bernard O’ Connell

2012

Special Ed Post

Increase to 15 teachers in the school

2014

Transfer Principal Ballyporeen

Margaret Ryan

2012

2013

Cover C. Breen

Cover E. O’ Callaghan

2014

Transfer

Rachel Stapleton

2013

Increase to 16 teachers in the school

Current

 

Eimear Howley

2013

Replace C. Breen

Current

 

Sarah Burke

2014

Replace B. O’ Connell

Current

 

Louise Lalor

2015

Maternity Cover

2015

Transfer

Grace Hogan

2015

Maternity Cover

2015

Transfer

Siobhan Dempsey

2015

Increase to 17 teachers in the school

Current

 

Helen Browne

2016

Maternity Cover

2017

 Contract Ended

Sighle O’ Doherty

2016

Maternity Cover

2017

 Contract Ended

William Hewitt

 

Temporary 2016

Increase to 18 teachers in the school

2017

1 Year Contract

Cherry Hally

2017

Temporary Contract made permanent

Current

 

 

 William Hewitt

2017

Revised SEN Model.

Increase to 19 teachers

Current

 

 

 

Special Needs Assistants

Name

Year Appointed

Purpose of Appointment

Year of Departure

 

 

 

 

Jenna McLean

2006

Support of Special Needs Pupils

Current

Michelle Everard

2008

 

2015

Support of Special Needs Pupils

Maternity Cover

2012

 

2015

Jenny Hayes

2010

Maternity Cover

2010

 

 

Secretary

Name

Year Appointed

Purpose of Appointment

Year of Departure

 

 

 

 

Fionnuala Roche

2000

Secretarial & Administration

Current

 

 

Cleaners / Caretakers

Name

Year Appointed

Purpose of Appointment

Year of Departure

 

 

 

 

Michael Keogh

2003

Cleaner / Caretaker

2012

Angela Hannigan

2011

Cleaner

Current

Pat Slattery

2013

Caretaker

Current

 

 

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