Lack School - 1863 to 1975

A History of the School and its Pupils
by James Hehir


5. Temporary School: 1890 to 1898

In the period 1890 to 1898 the area had no school. A temporary school was set up in the house of Mr. Martin O'Keeffe in Lack about a mile away on the 17th November 1890. His wife Elizabeth was a teacher in the school. Initially, sanction to the temporary school was refused. However, sanction was allowed on the 26 May 1891 on condition that the school house floor was boarded and suitable privies were provided without avoidable delay.

Martin O'Keeffe's house

Martin O'Keeffe's house, now owned by Sean Kelly

The Department's inspector reported on the teachers and pupils at the temporary school on the 28th January 1891 as follows:

The school teachers are James Griffin, class 2 and Elizabeth O'Keeffe, class 3. The following pupils were present:


ClassNo. of Pupils

(The total number at school on this day was only 37% of all registered pupils in the 6 to 13 age group.)

The inspector reported as follows on the temporary schoolhouse:

'House built with stone and lime mortar. School is one room and one storey. The internal dimensions are 19.5 feet by 13 feet by 7.25 feet high. It has no fireplace and one window 2 feet by 1 foot and no privies. The furniture consists of 2 desks, 5 forms 8 feet long and a teacher's table.'

Under the heading defects he states that more light is required. This room, measuring 254 square feet, was half the size of the old school.

The following graph gives the registrations during the period of the temporary school:

Temporary School Registrations 1890 - 1898

Number of Pupils Temporary School Registrations 1890 - 1898

The following is a summary of developments in the period of the temporary school:

It is likely, from the inspector's report, that the teaching was performed in one of the out offices such as the barn. Conditions may not have been any worse than the old school with the exception of the smaller space, no heat and poor light. The children who registered in 1891 and 1892 are likely to have received their entire education in this temporary school.