Property Description

HUME AUCTIONEERS - WE GET THE PICK OF THE CROP - School - 950 sq.ft. Open plan living Stunning views of the Slieve Bloom Mountains and of the surrounding countryside. Water by well. Sewage by Septic tank. School - 950 sq.ft. Open plan living Offerlane School was built in 1887 and was part of a national scheme in the 1880's to ensure that all Irish children received a basic education and could read and write. At this point, children living in towns were receiving this education, but for the most part rural children were receiving no schooling. The scheme was spearheaded by Vere Foster who was a wealthy landlord who owned a vast estate on the Cooley Peninsula in Co. Louth. He sold this and spent his personal fortune on getting rural schools built through Ireland. Examples of this school can be see throughout the island of Ireland, Vere Foster spent all his fortune and died a pauper in a hostel in Belfast 1900 and is widely regarded as the greatest ever Irish philanthropist. He was the first president of the INTO (Irish National Teachers' Organisation) and today the union's headquarters in Dublin is called Vere Foster House in his honour. His gift to the Irish people was one of the greatest one can give, education! In 1875 the Parliament of Westminster passed the National School Teachers Residences (Ireland) Act. This Act provided a low-interest 30-year mortgage for communities to build houses for teachers, in order to encourage teachers to work in rural areas as there was limited or no access to decent accommodation. The Master's House at Offerlane is just one of hundreds built throughout the island of Ireland, all to the same basic plan. Group Water Scheme, Sewage by septic tank, 1/3 acre.

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