Plaster National School in the parish of Ballymascanlon, Dundalk

Repository: Louth County Archives Service

Identity Statement

TitlePlaster National School in the parish of Ballymascanlon, Dundalk
Archive ReferenceIE LHA SCH004/
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1888–1936
Extent Medium4 items


Creator(s): Plaster National School

  • Administrative History ↴

    The townland of Plaster is located north of Dundalk in Ballymascanlon parish. It lies to the east of Faughart Upper townland. Plaster national school’s roll number was 13731, district 25. In the mid-19th century there were more than 300 Presbyterians in the Ballymascanlon area. In the daily report book in this collection (SCH004/REP1) dated 1932-1936, it is stated that the school was founded in 1830, the date they moved into the current school was 1st August 1888 and the date it became a national school was 1st November 1888, the site is non-vested, local contributions built the school, there is no school committee and it is managed by the Reverend James Moody of the Manse, Dundalk. According to the Commissioners of Irish Education Inquiry Report 1825, there was a pay school in Upper Plaster run by John McAllister with a total of 13 children (p17, Harold O’Sullivan ‘The Emergence of the National System of Education in North County Louth’, Journal of CLAHS, Vol 18, No 1, 1973). See also the ‘Department of Education: National school teacher salary books’, 1834-1965, reference ED/4 in the National Archives of Ireland.
  • Archival History ↴

    This collection was donated by Eileen Jordan, school principal, Dun Dealgan National School, Dundalk to Louth County Archives Service in 2002. It was found amongst the Dun Dealgan national school archive collection.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Plaster National School ↴

    This collection consists of four items: two roll books for male and females dating from 1888 to the 1930s; a roll book from 1925–1936; and a daily report book from 1932–1936.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Retained permanently
  • Accruals ↴

    Further accruals may be expected.
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged by record type.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access is by appointment, and subject to restricted access
Conditions Governing ReproductionCopying is subject to copyright and physical condition.
Creation Dates1888–1936
Extent Medium4 items
Material Language ScriptEnglish, Irish
Characteristics Tech ReqBound volumes. Fair – good condition. Careful handling required.
Finding Aids Descriptive list can be found on on-line catalogue and on Archive Collections webpage available at Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Originals InformationLouth County Archives Service
Copies InformationSome digitised documents may occasionally be found on
Related MaterialIE LHA: SCH001/ Dun Dealgan National School, 1863 - 1985 IE LHA: PP00075/ Dundalk and Carlingford Presbyterian Church Records, (1655-), 1831 – 1839, 1855 – 1949, 1956 - 1959, c.1991
Publication NoteO’Sullivan, Harold, ‘The Emergence of the National System of Education in North County Louth’, (Journal of CLAHS, Vol 18, No 1, 1973, p17)

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteLorraine Buchanan, 2007
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions2007