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Scoil Naomh Molaise, Grange, Co. Sligo

Derrylehan School


There are 2 projects on Derrylehan School The first is by Rachel Kelly and Eimer Messenger. Scroll down for anothe by John Kerins


Derrylehan national school was built in September 1934. It is located at the foot of Benwiskin Mountain which is part of the Dartry mountain range in North Sligo. It is on the Munninane – Ballintrillick road about 13 miles from Sligo Town in a scenic country surroundings. There were 72 students enrolled in the school when it first opened. Initially there were 2 teachers but it reduced to a one teacher school in later years. There was previously a school in Derrylehan where the Roberts live which was built in 1885 but that was replaced by the current one. Unfortunately the school closed in 2002 when there was only 5 students left going to the school.

A past student is our very own Mr. Connolly who now teaches in Scoil Naomh Molaise and he is very proud of his Derrylehan history. A past teacher of Derrylehan was Mrs. Feeney whose grand children Rachel and Adam Kelly and Allanna and Aobhin Foran who all now attend Scoil Naomh Molaise. Also her daughter Mrs. Foran followed in her teaching footsteps and is now a teacher in Scoil Naomh Molaise.

Famalies around the area all utilised this wonderful school, the McSharrys, Feeneys, Connollys, and Lockharts to name a few. It's family feel stills stands to them all today.

Derrylehan School also was a Montessori school for 2 years prior to its closing; Mrs Jacqueline Gallagher was the teacher.


Derrylehan by John Kerins

Derrylehan national school was built in September 1934.

There were 72 people enrolled in the school when it opened.

It had two teachers at the start but it later reduced to one teacher.

It replaced the first school that was built in 1885.

The older school it replaced was built where the Roberts live.