Cork-based archaeologist Enda O’Flahety documents what remains of the desolate buildings in a photography project aimed at capturing the long decline of rural Ireland.
O’Flaherty began the project last year after coming upon an abandoned schoolhouse during a work field trip and realising that few modern visual records of such buildings exist.
Recently he featured the old Cloghoula National School. There is a good description of the architectural features of the school, as well as a number of photos. The article can be seen here (or just click on the photo below)
The school dates from
1802 (and not 1868 as described in the article). Not sure of when it was decommissioned, but by 1950 it was being used as a petrol station.
[Note: Enda states below that the the school was not in the 1840s OSI map … he is correct so maybe 1902 was referring to a different school in Cloghoula … 1802 reference comes from Noel Buckley in the Corkman]
It is a protected structure according to Cork County Council [#01252 ref 2009]
It is currently for sale for a price of €14,000. [see daft.ie]. Planning restrictions and cleanup of the petrol station site may have something to do with the price being so low :-(.
In 2012, it was described as an eyesore by Cllr. Noel Buckley, and should be delisted [#ref the Corkman]
Information page for Cloghboola School, Drishane, Co. Cork (1937-1938) by Seán Ó Dochartaigh
2018: School’s out: One man visited 240 abandoned Irish schools on camera with striking results – Enda released his book – Deserted Schoolhouses of Ireland is published by Collins Press (€24.99)