School History

From the 1837 Ordnance Survey Map, the present school is identified as a Chapel of Ease and Infant school. It also details the presence of a school at Abbeytown. The history of this time is unclear but it is said that the current building was used as a private school.

We know that the present building has housed Boyle Parochial School since 1940. Previous to this, locations in the Clews Memorial Hall and Abbeytown were sites for the school.

Today the building is owned by the Church of Ireland Representative Body. Over the years it has served as a Parish Hall and during the summer it has opened as an exhibition space for artists as part of the “Boyle Arts Festival”.

For most of its early history, it has been a one teacher school. For a period in the 1960s a second teacher was appointed due to its amalgamation with the Church of Ireland School in Carrick on Shannon. In 1970 it reverted to a one teacher school. In September 1999 a second teacher was appointed again and it remains a two teacher school since.