Lack School - 1863 to 1975

A History of the School and its Pupils
by James Hehir

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4. The Old School 1854 to 1890

(e) School Blown Down In Great Storm

The old school was blown down by a storm on the night of the 7th November 1890. The records show that Fr. Fitzgerald wrote to the Department on the 8th November 1890 stating:

'Lack school blown down last night by a great storm that raged. It was very old and a new school should have been built. It was a thatched house. The front wall went and the roof fell in and some fire was left in the fireplace and all was consumed. I congratulate myself that there was no loss of life it being night.'

Haydn's dictionary of storms has recorded the storm of the 7 November 1890. It reports as follows:

'Violent gale over Great Britain and Ireland, great destruction of life and property, especially at sea; 114 lives saved by lifeboats.'

The following is an extract from the police report into the incident dated 22nd November 1890:

'..nothing remains but the back, side walls and gables. The timber of the roof, the floors and the desks were all consumed. The teacher's desk containing all the school records, except the Department's book was saved by the exertion of the people who had assembled. It is thought that the Report Book was on the desk and that it fell into the flames when the desk was dragged out.'

The report was signed by V. G. Macaulay.

While the fire marked the end of its usage as a school, the structure was later repaired and opened as a shop.