Don’t forget a prayer for another good friend and neighbour of Carnaun School! Phil Fahy of Carnaun Village, always welcomed the school children to play in the “Schoolhouse field” across the road when their own field was unplayable due to bad weather.

Now with gone, may he rest in peace, his son Willie, God bless him, carries on the generosity!

As we are putting this book together a highly respected friend and neighbour of ours has passed away and his death has cast a shadow over the area. He will be missed badly! Tom Rabbitt and indeed all the members of his family have been great friends of the Carnaun School for years. On three occasions they sold part of their land to the school.

Living as near to the school as he was with papers, bottles, sticks and stones from the playground being strewn about his fields not to mind trespassing children and of course the high volume of schoolyard related noise never put Tom in bad humour.

Whether it was children playing, horsemen hunting, fowlers shooting or people walking he was delighted to see them on his farm. “Sure the land will be there after us” he would say. A Noble Man! May God rest his soul!

Padraic Raftery, Farmer , one of the leading figures in the western farming community lives in Coshla Lodge, Athenry.

On the untimely death of his father he left Carnaun National School at the age of thirteen to help on the family farm and made a great success of it. Since then, he has done much to further Irish farming.

Amongst other things Padraic…

Horse racing:

• 1949: Won the Members race at Carnaun Point-to-Point. (With a horse called Monty VI)

Macra na Feirme:

• 1949: Founder member of Co. Galway Macra na Feirme.

• Member of the County Executive in the early 1950s.

• 1951: Member of International Stock Judging Team representing Ireland.

Irish Farmers Association – I.F.A.:

• Founder member 1959

• Chairman of the Galway County Executive for 18 years.

• Member of the National Council for ten years.

• Member of Tuam Board of Beet Growers for 4 years (early 1950s).


• 1959: Won the Farm Planning of the Year award. Won a prize of a Ferguson tractor and a plough.

• 1963 to date: Padraic owns a pedigree Suffolk flock. At present it is
the largest in the British Isles.

Photo; Johnny Ryan Photography

Director of Cork Marts for twenty years (1966-1986)

Director of Bord Bainne for six years (1985-1991)

Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society Ltd – I.C.0.S:
• 17 years Vice-President (1971-1987).
• Chairman of Galway County Committee of Agriculture (I.C.0.S.).
Representative of the European Sheep Committee in Brussels, (mid 1980s).

Did you know that:

·        Frank Coffey, Ballybacka, won six Co. Senior Hurling Championships with Turloughmore.

·        Stephen Jordan, Davis St. Athenry, played in goal for St. Jarlaths, when they won the All Ireland Colleges Championship in 1947.

·        Ritchie Williams, Carnaun, has played club hurling in five different decades and is still going strong.

·        Iggy Madden, Cussane, has played hurling with Athenry and Liam Mellows and rugby for Corinthians and Connaught.

·        Sean Hynes, Castle Ellen and Kevin Healy, Mountain North, were on the Presentation College

·        Athenry team that won the Connaught Colleges Senior Hurling Championship of 1969.

·        Paddy Fahy, Cahertymore, played with Galway in the 1954 All Ireland Semi Final against Cork.

·        Tom Coffey, Ballybacka and Swangate, is the present captain of Athenry Golf Club.

·        Tommy Egan, Glenmore, who won a Co. Championship with Turloughmore, went on to star for the Galway Hurling team in Boston.

·        Tony Jordan, Davis St. Athenry, Lambert and Peadar Ruane, Lisheenkyle, were on the Athenry team that won the Co. Junior Hurling Championship in 1957.

·        Kevin Healy, Mountain North and Leo Gardner, Knockbrack and Athenry, were on the Athenry golf team that won the Carrolls Irish Open Pro-am at Portmarnock Golf Club in 1988.

·        Mary and Sadie Higgins, from Castle Lambert, were on the Athenry Camogie team that won the Co. Championship in 1982.

·        Pierce Coffey, Ballybacka, captained the Athenry Junior Football team in their Co. Championship success of 1990.

·        J .J . Connaughton, Pollagh,  Joe Coen, Carnaun, Michael Mullins, Cussaun, Michael Cooley, Kilskeagh, Pat Greaney, Bellville, Billy Cullinane, Mount Browne, P.J. Ryan, Loughaunenaghaun, Eamonn Mullins, Cussaun, Patrick Cooley, Kilskeagh, and Ritchie Williams, Carnaun, were on the Cussaun team that won the North Board Intermediate Championship in 1963.

·        Leo Gardner, Knockbrack and Athenry, played hurling for Galway and football for Waterford.

·        Pake Ruane, Castle Lambert, has been an officer of Athenry Hurling club for the past 35 years.

How to Make a Delinquent
A Delinquent is defined as one who offends by neglect or violation of a duty or law. In popular usage, the word is usually preceded by the adjective “juvenile”. It used to be thought that most social misfits of the adolescent variety came from the slums. However, it has come to light that some of our more destructive delinquents are bright, high I.Q. children from our better suburbs.

Since parents of the latter type are often interested in improving perfection the following rules for the making of a delinquent are offered free of charge. If these suggestions are carried out during the first ten years of a chi1d’s life, results are guaranteed.

1. Beginning in infancy, give the child everything he wants. In this way he will grow up to believe the world owes him a living.

2. Don’t have any rules for child behaviour or obedience in the home, this will ensure that the child has no clear concept of right or wrong.

3. If you have any rules, enforce them intermittently. Ignore them when you are in good humour and knock your child silly if he breaks the rules when you are tired and out of sorts. This will confuse him
and he won’t know what is expected of him, so as a result, he will eventually resent all discipline.

4. When he picks up bad words, laugh at him. This will make him think he is cute. It will also encourage him to pick up cuter phrases that will blow the top off your head at a later stage.

5. Air your domestic differences in front of the children, preferably with a little name-calling. This will ensure he has no respect for either of his parents.

6. Never give a child any chores or regular duties around the home. This will convince him that you and the world owe him a living, without effort on his part.

7. Avoid the use of the word WRONG. It may develop a guilt complex. It will also condition him to believe later, when he is arrested for stealing something, that society is against him and he is being

8. Pick up everything he leaves lying around—books, shoes and clothes. Do everything for him so that he will be experienced in throwing responsibility on to others.

9. Never give him any spiritual training. Wait until he is 21 and then let him decide for himself.

10. Allow him to read any printed matter he can get his hands on. Be a mind feasted on garbage.

11. If he is disciplined at school, always go there and tear a strip off the teacher or, better still, the principal, in front of the child. This will create an excellent contempt for authority at any level.

12. Give a child all the spending money he requires. Never allow him to earn his own. Why should he have things as tough as you had?

13. Satisfy his every craving for food, drink and comfort. See that every sensual desire is gratified. Denial may lead to frustration.

14. Later when he has trouble with the gardai, which is most likely, tell off the member concerned or better still, the Superintendent, always referring to the dumb cops. This procedure will earn the lad a diploma for contempt of authority.

15. Take his part against neighbours, teachers, policemen. They are all prejudiced against your child.

16. When you are driving with your family, exceed the local speed limit, but slow down when you see a Garda patrol car. Be sure to speed up as soon as the Garda car is out of sight. This will show the child that the law is to be observed only if there is danger of being caught.

17. If, however, you are stopped for speeding, always deny that you were exceeding the speed limit. Make a big fuss over same. Your child will then know that lying and cheating are acceptable procedures.

18. If you have managed to cheat the tax man or carry off a business deal with the aid of underhand methods, be sure to tell the family about it at the dinner table. This should convince the children that stealing is all right if you can get away with it.

19. Never check where your youngsters are in the evening. Never mind when they arrive in late. Never try to learn anything about their friends.

Guaranteed Success: Prepare for a life of grief and sorrow. You have earned it.

Editor’s Note:

Last words of Author in public: “They’re coming to take me away, ha ha!”

Parish Priests from 1891-1991

Canon William McAndrew  …………. – 1891

Canon Joseph Canton ………….. 1891 – 1919

Canon Murtagh F arragher …… 1919 – 1929

Canon Michael Conroy ……….. 1929 – 1938

Canon Edward Lavelle ………… 1938 – 1947

Canon Edward McGough …….. 1947 – 1959

Canon Conor Heaney ………….. 1961 – 1971

Canon James Gibbons …………. 1971 – 1982

Monsignor Michael Mooney … 1982 – …

Curates in Athenry from 1891-1991

Fr. William Coen ……….. 1896 –  1990

Fr. Patrick J. Madden ….. 1009 – 1905

Fr. Thomas J. Reidy ……. 1905 – 1906

Fr. Edward D’Alton ……  1906 – 1911

Fr. Edward McGough …. 1911 – 1923

Fr. Michael Daly ………… 1914 – 1919

Fr. Thomas Lynch ………. 1919 – 1924

Fr. John Walsh …………… 1923 – 1927

Fr. A. J. Joyce ……………. 1924 – 1925

Fr. James P. Prendergast 1925 – 1931

Fr. John O’Grady ……….. 1927 – 1934

Fr. Michael Lavelle ……. 1931 – 1933

Fr. John Burke …………… 1933 – 1941

Fr. John Concannon ……. 1934 – 1943

Fr. Eamonn O’Malley …. 1941 – 1949

Fr. James Mulrennan ….. 1943 – 1955

Fr. Patrick Delaney …….. 1949 – 1958

Fr. Gerard Kearney …….. 1955 – 1961

Fr. Louis Hennelly ……… 1958 – 1967

Fr. Martin Gleeson ……… 1963 – 1971

Fr. Christopher Langan .. 1967 – 1977

Fr. Paul Costello ………… 1971 – 1975

Fr. John Flannery ……….. 1975 – 1990

Fr. Charles O’Malley ….. 1977 – 1977

Fr. Michael O’Malley …. 1986 –

Fr. John J. Cribben ……… 1990 –

Priest on loan after the death of Canon McGough until the arrival of Canon Heaney:

Fr. Louis Dunleavy …………..1959-1960

Fr. Thomas Moran ………….. 1960-1961

1975 – Rev. Fr. C. Langan, Finbarr O’Regan, Tommy Hansberry, Patricia Ruane, Mary O’Brien, Patrick Cooley, Elizabeth Caulfield.

1978 – Rev. Fr. J. Flannery, Finbarr O’Regan, John Anthony Kelly, Patrick Ruane, Elizabeth Caulfield, Sean Rabbitt, Mary Coffey.

1980 – Rev. Fr. J. Flannery, Finbarr O’Regan, Mary Coffey, Bridie Browne, Sean Rabbitt, Patrick Ruane, John A. Kelly.

1981 – Rev. Fr. C. O’Malley, Finbarr O’Regan, Kitty Morrissey, Hugh Hynes, Patrick Ruane, John Anthony Kelly.

1984 – Rev. Fr. C. O’Malley, Finbarr O’Regan, Kitty Morrissey, Patrick Ruane, Hugh Hynes, Marion Courtney.

1986: 1988: 1990 – Rev. F. M. O’Malley, Finbarr O’Regan, Kitty Morrissey, Patrick Ruane, Hugh Hynes, Marion Courtney.

Feature Photo: Back row – Hugh Hynes, Fr. Michael O’Malley, Patrick Ruane. Front row: Marion Courtney, Finbarr O’Regan, Kitty Morrissey

On P.J. Moran’s first day at school he choose to go into the Master’s room rather than into Miss Curran’s infant room—he was “tired of women and children” he said. He made a seat for himself with sods of turf beside the open fire and was quite contented there until the Master decided to replenish the dying embers at about eleven o’clock. “Come out of my way” said P.J. “and give me that tongs, amn’t I all my life at fires”.

Our school enjoys a very good relationship with Bus Éireann and we remember with gratitude the drivers who brought our children safely to the gate every morning for the last twenty five years – Frank Kilkelly, Bertie Burns, Dominic Parr, Tommy Whelan who served us for over sixteen years, and Bernie Treacy who is with us now—men who were kind and considerate to their passengers and good time-keepers. We also remember inspectors Gabriel Burke, Fred Fullard and our present man Luke Small.

D’Fhoghlaim na paistiían Ghaeilge ó scéalta go mór mhór scéalta faoi obair na feirme agus an nadúr.

San Earrach bhíodh caint ar an dtreabhadh, an fuirseadh agus cur an tsíl leis an gcéachta agus an bracha agus cur an tsíl ón bpráiscín. Sa Samhradh bhíodh baint an fhéir agus baint na móna acu. San Fhomhair bhíodh ar an bhfeirmeoir na barrai a bhaint agus sa nGeimhreadh bhíodh air bia a thabhairt do ainmhithe na feirme.

B’iad na scéalta céanna nach mór a bhí in úsáid sa scoil ó bhliain go bliain agus thaithin cuid acu níos mó leis na paistí ná na cinn eile.

Thárla go raibh triúr gasúr ó Scoil Charnáin ag iarraidh “An Preparatory Scholarship” a fháil agus sa “Bish” i nGaillimh a bhi orthu an t-agallamh a dhéanamh. Beirt chigire ó Bhláth Cliath a bhi ann. “Cad tá an feirmeoir ag déanamh an t-am seo den bhliain?” an cheist a chuireadh ar an gcéad lad ón scoil seo. “Ag treabhadh agus ag fuirseadh ata sé anois” arsa an buachaill, “ach ní fada anois go mbeidh sé ar an bportach. Is maith leis dul ar an bportach. Eiríonn sé go moch ar maidin. Cuireann sé an t-asal faoin gcarr agus cuireann sé an barra rotha, an sléan agus an laí isteach ann. Suas ar an gcarr leis féin ansin agus ar aghaidh leis ar an bportach”.

Ar ndóigh bhí cluas ag an g’keyhole’ ag an Máistir scoile amuigh agus is é a bhí sásta leis an gcéad scoláire. “Agallamh maith” ar seisean leis fein.

“Céard faoin gcluiche mór an Domhach seo chaite?” an cheist a cuireadh ar an dara Carnánach. “Níl fhios agam tada faoi” arsa mo dhuine bocht “mar bhí orm dul ar an bportach le m’athair”. D’éirigh m’athair go moch ar maidin. Chuir sé an t-asal faoin gcarr. Chuir sé an barra rotha, an sleán agus an laí isteach ann. Suas ar an gcarr leis ansin agus ar aghaidh leis . . . . ”  Agus ar aghaidh leis an scoléire leis an scéal go tapaidh agus nior thug sé seans ar bith do na cigirí aon cheist eile a chur go raibh an t-am caite.

“Bhfuil aon sean-fhocal agat a bhuachaill”? arsa cigire nuair a tháinig a triú fear as Scoil Charnán isteach. “Mara bhfuil agat ach pocaide gabhair bí i lár an aonaigh leis” arsa an gasúr le brod. “Maith thú” arsa an cigire. “An raibh tú riamh ar an aonach?”. “Bhi go minic” arsa’n buachaill, “ach bhfearr liom bheith ar an bportach”. “Eirionn mé go moch ar maidin. Cuireann mé an t-asal faoin gcarr. . . . .”. “Is dócha go gcaitheann tú an barra rotha, an sleán agus an laí isteach ann” arsa cigire amháin le droch-mheas.

“Bhi an-eolas ag na cigirí as Bláth Cliath ar an bportach” arsa mo dhuine leis an múinteoir nuair a thainig sé amach. “Cé’n faith nach mbeadh taréis an ath-chleachtadh a bhí acu?” arsa an muinteóir agus ba bheag nár bhris sé “cinc a mhuiníl” leis an sceilp a thug sé dhó. “Agus an oiread scéalta eile a mhún mé dóibh” ar seisean leis féin go brónach.