19th Century

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In 1820 Raheny's first official Roman Catholic school was built. William Sweetman, Esq., paid for it.

1820


The Sweetman family lived in Raheny House from about 1810 to 1861. In 1895 Raheny House was renamed Rathmore House by the Maconchy family. Later on, in 1960 Rathmore House was demolished to make way for a new housing estate.

About The Schools

Where did Roman Catholic boys go to school?

The Roman Catholic boys attended Dick's Charity School, which was the Church of Ireland parish school. This was because the teacher was a man and it was considered more appropriate for boys to be taught by men and girls to be taught by women.

Dick's Charity School


What is known about the Roman Catholic School in 1826?

The teacher at this time was Ellen Mullen, who was paid a salary of 20

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a year by Mrs Sweetman. 66 girls attended the school in 1826. The pupils paid one penny a week and this money was used to provide prizes. The pupils were all Roman Catholic, except for 4 Protestant girls.

Most of the boys who went to the Church of Ireland parish school (Dick's Charity School) were Roman Catholic.

What is known about the Roman Catholic School in 1835?

By 1835 boys started attending the Roman Catholic School, because there was a male teacher for boys and a female teacher for girls. Although there were 70 boys and 60 girls on roll at the school, on average only 60 pupils attended.

Did you know?


In 1835 both boys and girls started attending Dick's Charity School (Church of Ireland parish school) and the Roman Catholic School. There was a male and female teacher in both schools.

You are a detective!

Examine this primary source.

Can you find the names of the male and female teachers in both schools? Click here to view the document.

Pettigrew and Oulton Dublin

This directory listed the names of people who lived on each street or road in the city and county of Dublin. Can you find the names of the male and female teachers in both schools?


This primary source is taken from the 'Pettigrew and Oulton Dublin Directory' in 1835. This directory listed the names of people who lived on each street or road in the city and county of Dublin. The first street directories began to be published in 1834 and you can view the 2005 directory at your local library.