History of our school


The school is called “Réalt na Maidine”. The present school building was built in 1981 amalgamating the two old schools of Knocknarea and Kilmacowen. There was no extension at the time and the school had six classrooms, a SEN/ staff room, a hall and a kitchen. There were 153 pupils.

Mr. Brendan Kelly was the first principal of the school and was principal up until December, 2006, when he retired. Our new extension was built in 2001 and formally opened by the Bishop of Elphin, Reverend Christopher Jones. Today the school holds 183 pupils, has 7 classrooms and 2 SEN rooms, a library, 2 offices, a staff room and P.E hall.

It may be very surprising, but the parish of Ransboro got it’s name from a bird. Before the parish got its name, it was said that every Sunday a wren would sit on the altar after Mass. The parish was then called Wrens-Burrow. Now we call our lovely parish Ransboro.