St Nicholas National School, Dundalk

Repository: Louth County Archives Service

Identity Statement

TitleSt Nicholas National School, Dundalk
Archive ReferenceIE LHA SCH003/
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1855–1954
Extent Medium241 items


Creator(s): St Nicholas National School

  • Administrative History ↴

    St Nicholas National School was established on the site of the former Wellington Place School (Wellington Hall), in St Mary’s Road, Dundalk, after the lease was handed over to Lord Roden (who had provided the site). Wellington Place School, formerly known as the “Free School” (Dundalk’s first public school), had been an Erasmus Smith foundation erected in 1812. In 1883, Lord Roden conveyed the site and buildings of the former school to the Church of Ireland authorities, who then converted it into a national school and named it St Nicholas. In 1900, the school was reconstructed. A Church of Ireland school for infants operated in Church Lane. St Nicholas National School ceased operating out of Wellington Hall in 1961 when the school was relocated to a site on St Nicholas Street. The Wellington Hall site then became a community facility for the parish of St Nicholas (Church of Ireland) and the wider community.
  • Archival History ↴

    In 2004, Noel Ross notified Louth County Archives Service of this collection being stored in Wellington Hall and as refurbishment was pending, it was transferred to the County Archives for permanent preservation.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Official Transfer

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: St Nicholas National School ↴

    This collection contains several series of roll books, registers and report books for boys and girls of St Nicholas National School, Dundalk. There is also a file containing circulars from the Department of Education and inspectors’ reports (SCH003/003) in addition to a number of individual items such as observation books, several copy/composition books, and a scheme of work and monthly progress record of Robert F Bennet, teacher (SCH003/010). The collection is subject to restricted access.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Retained permanently
  • Accruals ↴

    Further accruals may be expected.
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged by record type and then chronologically.

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 Dates1855–1954
Extent Medium241 items
Material Language ScriptEnglish, Irish
Characteristics Tech ReqPaper. Poor - fair condition. Careful handling required.
Finding Aids Descriptive list can be found on on-line catalogue and on Archive Collections webpage both available at Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Originals InformationLouth County Archives Service
Copies InformationSome digitised documents may occasionally be found on
Related MaterialIE LHA: PP00060/ Saint Nicholas Mens Institute, Church Street, Dundalk, 1908 - 1910, 1913 – 1958

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteJayne Hutchinson, November 2007
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions39387