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Moygownagh Community Centre, Moygownagh,

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Founded by historian & actor Liam Alex Heffron, the ANSEO! project digitally archives our statutory national school records, by gathering the images of each page, of each record book, taken by our enthusiastic volunteers. The result is a unique archive of digital records from primary schools and their communities, holding a wealth of interest for genealogists, academics, historians and any of us who went to school in one of these schools.

Other Statutory Records

b. 1986, HK.

Other Statutory Records

Many schools hold other records, which do not make up the main statutory books, but are ancillary to them with their own obligations attached regarding their administration, storage and accessibility. Aside from the Inspector's Book, most did not continue in usage beyond the 1950's. 

District Inspector Observation Book - This contained the remarks of the local District Inspector appointed by the Department of Education and its precursors, to inspect and report on the state of each school, its teachers’ and pupils' behaviour and proficiency, with the learning outcomes of the pupils.

Organiser's Observation Book - was an earlier record book, similar to the district inspector's observation book, but contained the remarks of patrons of the school such as the local Parish Priest or Diocesan Inspector, during their own visits.  In some cases, ‘well regarded’ visitors such as the local landlord’s wife were encouraged to record their own impression of the school in these books.

Corporal Punishment Book -  was an early record book documenting the corporal punishment administered to each child, who transgressed the expressed rules of the school.

Religious Instruction Certificate Book -  was also an early statutory book,  recording the parents or guardians agreement for their child to be instructed by a teacher of a different religious faith, during  religious instruction.

Roll for Extra Subjects Book -  was used to record the pupil’s proficiency in additional taught subjects such as needlework, cooking and Irish. It was also used where schools had evening classes for adults or older children.