Monreagh National School will be officially opened by Junior Minister, Dinny McGinley TD on Monday, February 18. This school first opened at its former site in 1852 but it closed on June 24, 2011 as it was no longer suitable for dealing with the numbers and had been the subject for a campaign for two decades for its replacement. The major problem was that the school was far too close to the road.
There were attempts to close it down and send the pupils to existing schools in St Johnston and Newtowncunningham. In September 2011 28 pupils and their two teachers moved into the new school building across the road. The Presbyterian Church donated the site for the new school. The closure of Taughboyne School and Killea School of Carrigans helped keep Monreagh strong through the years surviving a time when it had just 16 pupils on its rolls.
The school is noted for generations of the same family being pupils. Josephine Duncan’s daughter Jessica attends the school as did her father Melvin, his mother Isobel. It is believed Isobel, who is in her 80s, is the oldest living pupil. The Department of Education provided €280,000 for the new school and funds were raised in the community as well.
The current principal is Kerry Harris. The head of the board of management is John McClintock. Rosemary Rodgers, Josephine Duncan, Pamela Scott and Carol Brogan are members of the Parents’s Association. The old school has two classrooms and a multi-purpose room. It will be converted into a Sunday School for Monreagh Presbyterian Church. The official opening will take place at 12 noon