School History

History of Creevy National School

Creevy National School was established in 1842. The old school catered for the boys and girls of the area for over 100 years. The old school, now demolished, is quite near to the new school. The school is located about 5km from Ballyshannon on the Rossnowlagh Road. The school is in the parish of Kilbarron, so called after Barron, who lived in the area. The ruins of the ancient church are situated between the school and Rossnowlagh.

Kilbarron church ruins

 The ruins of Kilbarron Church.

The new school was opened on 1st June 1942 as a two-teacher school. The school is also called Scoil Náisiúnta Br. Mícheál Ó Cléirigh, after one of the four masters who often visited Kilbarron Castle in the area.

The school had to increase its capacity over the years as a number of smaller schools amalgamated to a more central Creevy National School. The former schools of the area were:

1820                Corker School
1842-1942       Old Creevy School


Master Keegan’s class 1924


Cissie Gallagher’s Class 1924

 1846-1946       Tullymore School

1846-1946       Tullymore School

1846-1965       Culmore School

1848-1915       Cashelard Mountain

Carricknahorna School 1

1898-1970’s    Carricknahorna School

 Carricknahorna school 2

Carricknahorna No. 2 National School 1920′s –
First row left to right
John Downey, James Walsh, Jim McGarrigle, Tom Rooney, Eunan McGarrigle.
2nd row
Eddie Mullin, Gerard Clarke, Molly McCauley, Maggie McCauley, Susan Kavanagh, Mary McGarrigle, Lizzie Mullin, Mary Mullin, ? Rooney, Michael Walsh, Willie McCauley.
3rd row
James McCauley, Pat Kavanagh, John Clarke, Ben McGarrigle, Hugh McGarrigle, Tom McCadden, Paddy Downey.
Back row
Teresa Kavanagh, ? Rooney, ? Downey, Mary Rose Clarke, ~ Bannigan, ? Rooney, Maggie Walshe, ? Rooney. Teachers, Miss McGowan and Miss McNulty (Mrs O’Reilly, Coolmore).


1863-1970’s    Behey School

1942-present   S.N. Br. Mícheál Ó Cléirigh


The current school now caters for over 200 pupils and has been developed with the most recent extension and refurbishment being completed in 2012. The following is a timeline of the development of the current school:

1942                School established from amalgamation of other schools

1942 school

1970                2 more classrooms and staffroom built

1970 2 classrooms built

1979                1 more classroom built

1985                4 more classrooms built

2010                Extension and refurbishment of classrooms and new recreational hall


The school celebrated 150 years of Creevy National School in 1992 with a photographic display, an open day for all past and present pupils and mass celebrated by the then chairperson Canon Dermot Britton.


The blessing by Most Rev. Philip Boyce OCD, Bishop of Raphoe, and official opening by Mr Dinny McGinley T.D. Minister of State, of the new extension and refurbishment of the school took place on Tuesday 15th May 2012.


Creevy Principals:

1842                Mr James Doherty

1881                Mr Francis Doherty

1920                Master Keegan

1950                Mr Jim O’Donnell, Ballyshannon

1989                Mr Tony Ryan, Bundoran

2011                Mr Daragh McDaid, Glenswilly

2014               Ms Aoibheann Kelly, Ballintrillick