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Names of schools within each parish in Co. Down
& school photos that I can email - below

http://www.deni.gov.uk/bluebook/primary.pdf has a list of current schools
also try http://proni.nics.gov.uk/school/intro.htm

In the early years of the nineteenth century there were numerous schools in Ireland but many were in poor condition and were badlyconducted. The Province of Ulster, for example, had 3,449 schools in 1821 (Counties Antrimand Down had over 1000 schools between them) but they were fragmentedinstructure with numerous types of schools, including "charter" schools, schools of the London Hibernian Society - to which Roman Catholics did not want to send their children because they were all of a proselytisingcharacter - and "pay" or "hedge" schools.

It was against this background of haphazard educational provision that the Irish system of National Education was founded in 1831 under the directionof the Chief Secretary, E.G. Stanley. The national schools which resulted were built with the aid of theCommissioners of National Education and local trustees. Some 2,500 schools came into existence in Ulster between 1832 and 1870 and grant aid applications provide much information about their establishment such as the name of the teacher and the number of enrolled pupils.

click here for a list of schools in TOWNLAND order
click here for some school class photos
click here for some school house photos
click here for a list of class photos that I can email

Parish name Townlands/towns with schools in them in 19th century
Aghaderg in Ballyvarley; Bragh; Glasker, 2 in Loughbrickland; Catholic school in Loughbrickland in 1886; Glaskerbg; Menan; Scarva town ,
Annaclone in Ballynafern; Lisnaslliggan Glebe; Monteith; Shannaghan; Tullintanvally
Annahilt in Annahilt village;Aughnaleck; Ballycrune, Ballykeel Lougherin; Clintagh
Ardglass 4 schools in the village
Ardkeen in Ardkeen;Ardmillan, ballycran, Kirkistown
Ardquin in Ardquin; Thomastown;
Ballee in Ballycruttle; Ballytrustan; Church Ballee; Loughmoney; Slievenagriddle; Spittle Ballee
Ballyculter in Ballyculter Upper; Ferryquarter; Strangford town;
Ballyhalbert in Ballyesborough; Ballyhalbert; Echlinville; Portavogie
Ballykinler in Ballykinler;
Ballyphilip 4 in Portaferry town; Ballygalget; Ballyphilip; Tullynacrue
Ballytrustan in Ballygarvigan; Kearney
Ballywalter in Ballyferis; Ballywalter; Dunover; Springvale
Bangor in Ballygilbert; Ballykillaire; Ballymullan; Ballysallagh Minor; Bangor town; Clandeboye; Conlig; Cottown; Crawfordsburn;Gransha; Groomsport; Ward
Blaris in Basin Hill; Blaris;Carnreagh; Culcavey; Duneight ; several in Lisburn ; Lurganure; Magherary ; Maze; Newport; Ravernet
Bright in Ballynoe; Bright; 3 in Killough town; Legamaddy; Rathmullan Glebe; Rossglass;
Castleboy in Cloghy
Clonallan in Aughnagun; Ballydulaney; Clontifleece; Croan; Mayobridge;
Clonduff in Ballygorian; Ballymaghery; Ballyweely; Cabra; Drumnascamph; Hilltown; Islandmoyle; Kinghill ;Leitrim ; Leode; Tamary
Comber in Ballycreely; Ballyloghan; Ballymalady; Ballynaglaff; Ballystockart; Ballywilliam; Barn Hill; 5 in Comber town; Crossnacreevy; Culluntraw; Gransha; Kilylnether; Knock; Magherascouse; 2 in Moneyreagh; Mount Alexander; Olivet; Ringcreevy; 2 in Tullygirven
Donaghadee in Ballyhaskin; Ballyrolly; Ballyvester; Ballywilliam; Carrowdore; 2 in Donaghadee town; Drumfad; Grangee; Herdstown; Killaghy ; Millisle;
Donaghcloney in Corcreany; 2 in Donaghcloney village; Fortescue; Waringstown;
Donaghmore in Barr in Knockanarney; Ballymacrattybeg; Corgary (Dromantine); Derrycraw (Glenn); Donaghmore; Four Towns;Loughorne ,Killysavan. Tullymore
Down in Ballykeel; Ballynacraig ; Bonecastle; lots in Downpatrick; Hollymount;
Dromara in Artana; Burren; Crossgare; Finis; Gransha;Guiness, Kilwarlin ; Magherahamlet; Moneynabane; Moydalgan
Dromore in Backnamullough; Ballykeel; Ballyvicknacally; 4 in Dromore town; Edentrillick; Listullicurran ; Skeagh; Tullymacarath
Drumballyroney in Aughnavallog; Ballymeilbrick; Ballyroney; Drumdreenagh;Edenagarry; Emdell; Katesbridge; Lisnamaugheral ; Lisnisk ; Magheral; Moneygore; 4 in Rathfriland town;
Drumbeg Legacurry
Drumbo in Ballycowan; Ballymacbrennan; Carr ; Cargycroy; Carryduff; Clontonically; Craigacroy; Drumbo village; 2 in Hillhall; Leverogue; 2 in Purdysburn
Drumgath in Barnmeen, Tullyquilly
Drumgooland in Ballyward; Benraw; Cloghskelt; Dechomet; Drumadonald; Drumgooland; Drumlee; Legananny; Leitrim;Magheramyo;
Dundonald in Ballymiscaw; Ballyregan; Church Quarter; Dundonald village;
Dunsfort Ballyedock; 3 in Dunsfort
Garvaghy in Ballooly/Ballella; Carnew; Castlevennon ; Fedany; Garvaghy; Kilkinamurry; Magherabeg; Shanrod; Tullyorior
Greyabbey 2 in Ballyblack; Ballyboley; Ballycastle; Greyabbey village; Rosemount; Tullycavey
Hillsborough in Ballycashoni; Ballykeel-Artifinney( St James, Kiilwarlin) ; Ballykeel- Ednagonnel ; Ballyknock; Ballynagappag ; Cabragh; Corcreeny ; Drumnascamph; Edenticullo / Ednaculla ; 7 in Hillsborough town; Kilwarlin ;Reilly's Trench; Toughblane
Holywood in Ballycultra; Ballygrainey; Ballykeel; Ballymeekan; Ballyrobert; Creightons Green; 4 in Holywood town;; Knocknagunny/Knocknagoney; Rockport;Strandtown; Sullivan Upper School c. 1880
Inch Annacloy, Ballygally, Inch, Rann, Scaddy
Inishargy in Balliggan; Glastry; Kircubbin village;Tubber-na-carrig
Kilbroney in Ballyedmund; Drumreagh or Grey Ridge ;Killowen and Mourne ; Knockbaragh ; Rostrevor;
Kilclief in Kilclief village;
Kilcoo in Ardaghy, Ballaghbeg; Ballymoney; Bryansford; Burrenreagh; Fofanny;Newcastle; Slieveman; Tullyree
Kilkeel Annalong; Attical; Ballymartin; Ballyveaghmore; Bingian; Carrigenagh; Cranfield;Dunnanman; (Dunaval); Glenloughan; Grange; Kilhorne; several in Kilkeel town; Lisnacree; Lurganconary; Mullartown
Killaney in Boardmills; Carricknaveagh; Carrickmaderrow; Raffrey
Killinchy in Ballycloughan; Ballydorn; Barnamaghery; Carrickmannan; Darragh Cross; Drumreagh; Killinchy village & 12 in the whole parish;
Killyleagh Ballytrim;Derryboy; 3 in Killyleagh town; Kirkland & Toy ; 4 in Mullagh ; Shrigley; Tullycore; Tullyveery
Kilmegan Annsborough; 3 in Castlewellan ; Clanvaraghan;Cloughram; Dundrum village; Four Roads; Kilmegan; Moneylane; Mountpanther
Kilmood in Ballykeigle; Ballyministra; Drumhirk; Kilmood; Lisbarnet; Tullynagee
Kilmore in Annacloy; Barnamaghery; 3 in Crossgar town; Drumaghlis; 2 in Kilmore village;Neilsons' Academy; Rademon; Raleagh; The Rann; Scaddy; Teconnaught
Knockbreda in Ballymacarrett, Castlereagh; Harding Memorial; Knock; Knockbreckan; Newtownbreda; Short Strand; Tullycarnet(Gilnahirk); Willowfield
Lambeg most of this parish is in Co Armagh
Loughinisland in Annadorn; Claragh; Clough; Drumaroad; Loughinisland village; 2 in Seaforde village; Tievenadarragh
Maghera Carnacaville
Magheradrool in Ballycreen; Ballykine Lower;Ballymaglave; 5 in Ballynahinch; Drumaness; Glassdrummond ; Magheraknock; Spa
Magherahamlet see Dromara
Magheralin in Dolingstown; Edenmore; Lisnashanker; Lisnasure; Magheralin village
Magherally in Ballymoney; Magherally village; Mullaghfernaghan;Tonaghmore
Moira in Ballyknock; 2 in Bottier; 2 in Lurganville; 2 in Moira town;
Newry in Ardarragh; Ballybot; Ballyholland; Carnmeen; Cloghanramer ; Crobane ; Crohill; Croreagh ; Curley; Gransha; Loughorne ; 12 in Newry town; Reagan ; Rochvale;Ryan; Shannaghan; Sheeptown; Shinn
Newtownards in Ballyblack; Ballycullen; Ballyrogan; Castle Gardens; Craigantlet; Drumawhy; Drumhirk; Greengraves; Loughriscouse; 4 in Newtownards town;
Rathmullan 2 in Rathmullan
Saintfield in Ballyknockan; Ballymacaramery; Dorans Rock; Killinure; Leggygowan; Lessans; Lisowen; Saintfield town & 15 in the parish; Tonaghmore; Tullywest
Saul in Ballintogher; Ballywooden; Carrowcarlin
Seapatrick in Ballydown; Banbridge; 2 in Loughbrickland; Mulligans ; Seapatrick ; Tullyconnaught; Dunbar
Shankill most of this parish is in either Co Atmagh or Co Antrim
Slanes in Ballygarvigan
Tullylish in Ballydugan; Ballymacanallen; Ballynagarrick; Bann; Bleary; Clare; Coose;Gilford; Gilford Mill; Kernan; Knocknagor ; Lawrencetown; Milltown; Moyallon
Tullynakill in Ardmillan; Ballydrain; Bresagh; Lisbane;
Tyrella Catholic school
Warrenpoint in Narrowwater; 2 in Warrenpoint town;

School/Class Photos that I can email (newspaper quality)

Place Details Ref.
Annalong Primary School in 1939; most names underneath MO 16/4/2008
Annsborough Primary School, near Castlewellan ; class of 1900/1905, 1924 (no names) & c. 1936 x3; photo of schoolhouse too. DR 31/3/2010R; DR 20/4/1936R; MO 20/4/2005 p20 (?); MO 4/5/2005 p16; MO 26/5/2010 p39 (schoolhouse)
Ardglass Primary School, boys c. 1940 DR 14/12/2005
Aughlisnafin Primary School 1927 & 1956/7; names underneath MO 26/9/07 & 2/5/2007
Ballycloughan Primary School in 1958; no names DR 26/3/2008 p23
Ballyculter National School class in 1902- no names Inv 2001 p56
Ballyculter Strangford National School class in 1922- names underneath LM 1990 p 22; Inv 2009 p14
Ballyculter Strangford National School class in 1923- names underneath LM 1989 p 61; Inv 2009 p29
Ballyculter Ballyculter School - mixed primary from 1957; names underneath DR 8/6/2011
Ballyculter St. Joseph's Primary School class in 1980- no names LM 1990 p23
Ballyesborough see http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ballyeasboro-primary-school-18741989/105704622853282 .
Ballygally/Scaddy National School click here for a photo of the class of 1937 Mark Donald
Ballykinler photo of Endowed Schoolhouse near Carricknab crossroads LM 1997 p83
Ballymageough Elementary School c. 1930 ;gardening ; some names MO 7/3/2007
Ballymaglave Primary School, near Ballynahinch ; 1930 DR 15/6/2005
Ballymaghery St. Patrick's Primary; Boys' 1959 (names underneath) & Girls' 1959 (names underneath); 1966 (no names) CP 6/5/2010; 3/7/ 2003 ; CP 19/4/2012; CP 29/3/2012
Ballymartin Primary School late 1940s, no names; 1953 , names underneath MO 18/4/2007; MO 17/4/2013 p30 /MO 15/5/2013 p23/ MO 29/5/2013 p23
Ballymartin St. Joseph's Primary School 1945, names underneath ; 1953 , names underneath MO 16/5/2007
Ballymoney Primary School in Kilcoo parish; class photo of 1922 with names underneath & 1938 with names underneath MO 29/7/2009 p35 ; MO 20/5/2009 p23 ; MO 13/5/2009 p23; MO 12/8/2009 p23
Ballynahinch Primary School 1912 & 1948 DR 10/5/2006
Ballyrogan National School in Newtownards parish; class of c. 1887; click here Maree Devitt
Ballytrim Primary School, near Killyleagh; 1934 , 1960 (no names) & 1970 (names underneath); click here for a class photo c. 1930 DR 21/11/36 & 18/3/2009 p29 & 28/9/36
Ballyvea Primary School school photo early 1950s with names underneath MO 25/6/08 p36
Ballyveaghmore Primary School class photo 1959/60; names underneath MO 8/7/2009 p10
Ballywooden Primary Boys class in 1920s ; no names DR 1/4/1928R
Bangor Ward School 1874 Bangor p78
Bann School, Lawrencetown click here for a class photo 1932 with names attached; click here for a photo of the school building Kay Cairns
Bonecastle click here for primary class of 1913; (some names); primary class in 1957 (names underneath) DR 23/6/2010
Bright National School founded 1846- now parish hall; b/w building only LM 1999 p6
Burren in Dromara parish; Elementary school in 1947; no names MO 26/11/2008
Cabra National School, Drumgath Primary class in 1890- names underneath; 1967 (no names) Kevin Lonie; CP 29/3/2012
Cabra Primary School class photo late 1940s or early 1950s; names underneat CP 19 Apr 2012
Carnacaville Primary School; 1940s - names underneath MO 3/4/1986
Castlewellan; St. Malachy's Boys' & Girls' Elementary School c. 1926; click here for class photos; no names ; click here for photo of school building Damien Rogan
Castlewellan High School

girls 2B in 1956 (names underneath; girls Firm 1 1955-56 (names underneath); mixed group of Form 2A in 1956 (names underneath); boys Form 1A in 1964-65 (names underneath); boys' football team 1956-57 (names underneath); mixed Intermediate Form1a for 1957/58; Firm 1A from 1957/1958

MO 26/1/2011 p28; MO16/3/2001 p35; DR 26/1/2011 p24; MO 13/7/2011 p35
Claneboye Boys School in Bangor; c. 1900 NDM p11
Comber 1st Comber National School; class of 1907 with Mr. James Chambers ACOC p140
Comber Londonderry School- class of 1910- no names TOOC p55
Comber Smyth's School/2nd Comber Presbyterian School; class photo c. 1912 ACOC p43
Comber Primary class of 1960/61 on excursion to the Zoo file
Croob Park in Ballynahinch; Primary School 1959; names underneath MO 7/07
Crossgar 1920s; names underneath DR 2 /1/1936
Crossgar St. Joseph's Primary School late 1940s; no names DR 10/8/2011 p32
Crossnacreevy National School called O'Neill Memorial School; class c. 1915; no names; click here Rev. Angus McCormick
Darragh Cross Primary School; 1930S (names underneath) & 1950 (names underneath) & 1956 (names underneath) DR 2/5/2012 p41; DR 2/3/2011 p36 & DR 24/11/36;
Derryboy b/w photo of building available DR 29/3/2006
Derryboy b/w class photo from 1914; some names underneath DR 21/1/1937
Derryboy National School Cookery Class of 1920- click here for the photo Ronald Carter
Downpatrick Down High School c. 1934; whole school, names underneath DR 12/11/37
Downpatrick St. Patricks Primary 1936 ; boys only DR 4/10/2006
Downpatrick St. Patricks Primary 1936 ; boys only ; names underneath DR 3/1/1939
Downpatrick Down High School; 1st XV Rugby team in 1942- names underneath DR 24/9/14
Downpatrick Convent of Mercy Primary School; 1925-26 & girls' class c. 1948 DR 9/9/1939 & 9/10/24
Downpatrick Down High School; c. 1945-1950 DR 10/3/28
Downpatrick Fountain Street or Back Lane Primary School 1946- no names but several Telford children Annie Hutchison
Downpatrick St. Patrick's Grammar School 1946/7 (some names underneath) ; P5 or P6 in 1957 (names underneath) MO 12/3/2008 p24; DR 26/1/2011 p34
Downpatrick Technical College 1950s Football team-names underneath DR 6/1/00
Downpatrick Southwell School pupils c. 1950 ; most names underneath DR 26/7/1924
Downpatrick Technical School 1952; tour of UK ; some named DR 21/3/67
Downpatrick Down High School; prefects in 1958 DR 20/4/12
Downpatrick Intermediate School Football team of 1960 DR 5/8/39
Downpatrick Quoile Intermediate School; Domestic Science class 1963 DR 6/5/11
Downpatrick Quoile Intermediate School; school choir 1965 DR 6/5/11
Downpatrick Secondary School/Quoile High/Down Academy; annual prize giving 1965 DR15/11/35
Downpatrick girls from Convent of Mercy Primary School in 1970; no names DR2/9/1939
Drumaghlis b/w photo of building available; colour photo of building c. 2013 DR 29/3/2006; MO 19/6/2013 p30
Drumaness Public Elementary class of 1924,1926 & 1928( names underneath ) & 1939 (names underneath) MO 2/3, 9/3 & 16/3/2005
Drumaroad School children 1933 & 1937 & 1939/40 & 1948 & 1954 & 1969 & 1978; photo of building available MO 5/04; HCD TD p170-174; DR 29/3/2006 & 31/1/2007; MO 4/4/2007 & 4/07
Dundrum School 1922; some names available; click here for the photo .
Dundrum Primary School c. 1924; names underneath MO 9/12/2009 p40
Dundrum Sacred heart Primary School 1961/1962; no names MO 27/7/2011 p3
Dunsford School class of 1898 DR 19/3/39
Dunsford Primary School, boys c. 1920; no names DR 14/12/2005
Dunsford Primary boys in 1921; no names DR 8 /9/2010
Dunsford Primary boys in 1931; no names DR 8 /9/2010
Dunsford St Marys girls in 1931; no names DR 8 /9/2010
Dunsford Primary girls in 1935; no names DR 8 /9/2010
Dunsford Primary girls in 1938; no names DR 8 /9/2010
Dunsford Girls primary in 1938 DR 11/5/1926
Dunsford St Mary's Primary School class of 1946 DR 22/9/37
Glaskermore primary school in 1910- no names photo file
Guiness click here for b/w photo of building ; class photo 1926 & 1946 (names underneath) MO 11/6/08
Inch Primary School class 1907/8 (names underneath) & 1936 (no names) ; b/w/ photo of the building DS 2008 p68; DR 26/8/1939 p27; LR 2009 p45; LM 1997 p42
Kilclief St. Malachy's primary; b/w photo of school building available ; boys class of 1936 (no names) ; whole school of 1856 (no names) DR 31/1/2007 & 1/4/1928R; LM 1993 p54
Kilclief Public Elementary b/w photos of buildings available Inv 2007 p8,9
Kilclief boys class 1906; no names DR 12/12/2007
Kilkeel Kilmorey School 1946/7; some names underneath MO 18 /11/2009 p39
Kilkeel Technical School photo of building available MMM p17
Killinchy Elementary School class of 1936, 1938 & 1939 7 1940 ; most names underneath Sandra Gilpin
Killinchy Woods National click here for a class photo c. 1895 Nancy McCormack Schaalje
Killinchy Woods Primary School in 1924; names underneath DR 2/1/1936
Killinchy Woods Primary School in 1936; names underneath DR 30 /1/1935
Killough National Catholic School; ; b/w building only LM 1999 p9
Killowen girls' class of 1890s; no names MO 3/2/2010 p33
Killyleagh Primary school 1946 (names underneath) & c. 1952 DR 16/2/2011 & 30/6/28
Killyleagh Primary class of 1949/50 ; names underneath; click here Ronald Carter
Killyleagh High School; pantomime cast 1968 DR 12/2/59
Kilmorey Primary in Kilkeel; in 1947; names underneath MO 10/10/2007
Kilmorey Primary in Kilkeel; in 1948; names underneath MO 21/3/2007
Legamaddy Boys' School 1935/6; some names underneath DR8/3/1956
Legannany School c. 1910 & 1920; names underneath; b/w photo of building available DCPH p89,91
Legannany School c. 1940; no names MO 21/6/2006
Lisowen Public Elementary School c. 1920 (some names underneath) DR 21/7/2010
Loughbrickland Aghaderg School 1920 OGSLL p41
Loughinisland Girls' Primary Class c. 1910; photo available (no names) ; new school opened 1910 )photo); Girls' cookery class c. 1921 (names underneath DS 2020 p30,32, 33
Loughinisland St. Macartan's Primary School 1936; names underneath DR 17/3/39
Lurganville National School; class photo 1913- no names; click here for the photo .
Magheramayo St. Matthew's 1937/8 & 1953 MO 2/6/04
Mayobridge St. Patrick's Primary in 1960; names underneath MO 2/08
Moneydarrah Primary School photo of building available; class of c. 1953 (names underneath) MMM p2 ; MO 10/4/2013
Mourne Presbyterian Meeting House School; Years 1,2 & 3 students 1952/3; names underneath MO4/4/2007
Movilla National School 1940s x2 ; no names; click here for the photos Gaynor Kane
Muninabane Primary class in early 1960s; no names DR 12/5/2010
Newcastle Technical College 1941 (some names of staff underneath) MO 11/8/2010
Rathfriland National School in Newry Street; old school building & photo of children outside doing PE c. 1906 ORHB p2,19
Rathmullan old school house c. 1953 LR 2005 p45
Rockport at Craigavad,Holywood c. 1906 & 1910 NDM p21,56
Rossglass National School founded 1827- now a cottage; b/w building only LM 1999 p7
Saintfield St. Mary's Primary School 1920 & in 1949 DR7/3/2012 ; DR 13/2/1915
Shanrod Primary School in 1939 & 1959 ; names underneath MO 1/2/06 & Mar 06
Southwell Boys' School in Downpatrick; class of c. 1946 (no names) DR 8/5/2013 p32*
Strangford St Joseph's Primary School 1963; 3 photos- names underneath DR 22/11/02
Strangford National schoolc. 1900- no names LM 2000 p73
Saul School 1920; names underneath DR 22/1/67
Seaforde Primary School ; class photo c. 1903 (no names) DS 2008 p68
Skeogh National School ; click here for 1925,1931, 1940s & 1950s; no names Florence Chambers
Strangford National School class in 1922- names underneath LM 1990 p 22; Inv 2009 p14
Strangford Strangford National School class in 1923- names underneath LM 1989 p 61; Inv 2009 p29
Teconnaught School c. 1960s & 1965 ; no names Democrat; 25/5/1927DR
Tullywest Public Elementary School near Saintfield; 1939; names underneath DR 30/8/41
Tyrella Primary School class of 1950, 1955 & 1956 & 1958; names underneath DR 5/9/2012 & DR 5/8/1939 p25 & 12/8/1939 p28 & 9/9/1939
Warrenpoint St.Peters National School boys class of 1891 DDPP p90
Warrenpoint Star of the Sea Convent girls singing group of 1937 DDPP p91