The journey to school was the most enjoyable part of school life!
Out on the road at 9.15 a.m. the Hynes children and myself would wait for the Healys and the Gills and then set off. Our first stop was to talk to Johnny Cahalan on his way with the cows for milking. Then we went into the “Black Shed”, the woodmans hut to pass a few minutes and plan what we’d say to Finbarr about being late. Then into Carnaun Boreen and wait for P.J. Killeen who was always late—still is.
Had we all our sums done? If not, we’d go over to Kennedy’s wall and copy from whoever had until we’d hear the voice of Tom Kennedy running us on our way. Carnaun school was in sight for the last mile across Fahy’s field – “the farm” as it was called then.
If Finbarr was at the gate we ran the “Late again”. “Mammy slept late, cow calving”—he had heard it a hundred times before.
Still we made good time today, 55 minutes—not bad for a 10 minute walk.
Written by Gerry Connaughton
Published here 05 Feb 2021
Page 246 of The Carnaun Centenary Book
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