Corgary School Strike.

Connacht Tribune report on June 14th, 1947.

Gerry Costello

From the Connacht Tribune – June 14th. 1947

Two Children Have School to Themselves PARENTS ON STRIKE AT MENLOUGH

There is a two-teacher school in Co. Galway where, for the past few weeks the attendance has been only two pupils. The school is the Corgary National School, Mountbellew, and the Manager is Very Rev. James Moran, P.P., Menlough, in which parish the school is situated. The pupils at the moment are the children of Mrs. T. Murphy, the assistant teacher. The parents of the other children have been on strike for the past few weeks and have refused to send their children to the school.

It appears that a dispute arose last Christmas between Mrs. Murphy and the former principal Mr. Martin Dolan, a native of the parish. The school was closed down until a few weeks ago and in the meantime Mr. Martin McDonagh was appointed principal. The demonstration of the parents is a gesture of support for the former principal, Mr. Dolan, and is not directed in any way against Mr. McDonagh. The normal attendance at the school before the strike was about 40 or 50 pupils.


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  • My grandfather was in school there at that time and always said it was tragic, stupid and should never have taken place. Local politics, local church and rural life played a big part. He learned to read and write after coming to the USA.

    By Julie Cunniffe Lambreth (23/06/2015)
  • Mr Dolan was removed as Principal and later received psychiatric treatment for some considerable time. He died as the result of a road traffic accident in the 1980s.The Murphy family have kept this in deep respect. Members of my family have been deeply wounded by its events. We leave it to History and the Good lord to judge.May God be Merciful in Judgement. (Edited by Admin.)

    By Olive Murphy (10/06/2015)

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