Lately on this blog, there has been a running theme focussed on schools and school children — 'Within these walls: School Days' & 'The Promise in a Photograph'. Given that it is mid-July, boys and girls in Ireland are not yet thinking about going back to the classroom, although many of their teachers are already beginning preparations for their return during the week of 1 September. In honour of all of them, on this Wordless Wednesday, here are photographs harvested from the National Library of Ireland collections on flickr, featuring little 'chislers', as my dad would say, enjoying school days in Ireland oh so long ago.
|Young boys pictured outside a school room in Connemara, 1892.|
From the collection of Major Ruttledge-Fair.
National Library of Ireland (NLI) flickr stream.
|Pupils at Kilglass National School, Ahascragh, Co. Galway,|
pictured with their teachers Miss Crowe and Mr. Gildea, 1902.
|Students of the Ursuline Convent, Waterford,|
in costume for their Dolls' Hospital, 15 May 1924.
|St. Anne's Kindergarten class, Ursuline Convent, Waterford,|
17 June 1927.
|Boys of Synge Street School, Dublin City, 1941.|
|Girls at the Sisters of Charity School in Waterford, 23 November 1949.|