History of Blessington Educate Together National School

A BRIEF HISTORY OF BLESSINGTON EDUCATE TOGETHER SCHOOL

In 1967 a small group of parents wanted an alternative for their children’s education other than that provided by the National School system. Mrs Diane Meek, who lived at Liffey Farm, Blessington, right next to the school, put the enthusiasm, land and funds forward to build this original school. By 1972 it was a three classroom school together with an office and staff room.

Fund raising started in a small way. It soon became obvious that the bringing together and involvement of parents in fundraising created a beneficial school community spirit in addition to the required school income. The school was called Tigh na nÓg. In 1979 Blessington Montessori Limited negotiated the purchase of the building from Diane Meek and in 1980 a Deed of Trust was set up with parents to enable the continuation of funding for the school.

In 2006, some 39 years after the schools original opening, a newly formed Blessington Educate Together National School took up residence in the school on Red Lane. This state-funded multi-denominational primary school is co-educational, child-centred and democratically run. The school is situated in the quiet, pleasant rural setting on the Tigh na nÓg site close to Blessington lakes and about 1.5 miles from Blessington village. The school grounds extend to 2.5 acres and include a basketball court. The large playgrounds ensure the children have space to run, play and enjoy their break-times.

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