There has been a school in Ballyharry since the mid-1800s at a place called Cnoc an Amhraic. A new school was later built along the Culdaff-Carrowmena road. Among the teachers who taught here was Master McBride, father of Judge Sean McBride.
Brendan Bonner taught here also. He was an announcer on Raidio na Gaeltachta and also acted as a translator in the Dail.
In the mid-1850s an inspector reported that there was only one child in the school who spoke only in the Irish language.
The school closed in 1967 with the advent of free education. The picture shows Johnnie McFeely, Leo McGuinness, Kellys, Harkins, and McFeelys from the area. A full list will be made available later as Leo McGuinness can name everyone. In the third row second from right is John McFeely who died on 2 March 2012 aged 82. He was my next door neighbour for the last forty years.