Lack School - 1863 to 1975

A History of the School and its Pupils
by James Hehir

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9. Occupation of Parents

(a) The Local Trades

The roll books give the occupation of the parent of each child. A wide range of professions appear in the earlier years of the school. They reduced rapidly as the 20th century progressed until all that remained were farmers and a few shopkeepers. The following occupations are listed mainly in the 19th century:

HerdsmanO'Dea, Driscoll, Ginnane, McDermott, Larkin, Blake, Mulqueen and Purtell
TailorFodge, Collins and Murphy
MasonBarry and Costelloe
ShopkeeperButler, Kelly and Honan
SmithMongovan
ShoemakerGreene and Collins
WeaverKelly

An occupation not listed was a cooper. The cooper Sheehans lived at Leimnaleha and made barrels and casks.
It is noteworthy that the word unemployed never appeared on the books. However, 'widow' was listed on a few occasions.