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May 30 2013

The Vikings

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Ms. Lahart integrated some Visual Arts with History this week when they made some very impressive Viking Ships.

Well done children.


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Apr 20 2012

Would you like to know about Andy Finn?!

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With our official school opening only two months away, we would like to tell you about one of our former principals Mr. Andrew Finn. Mr. Finn led an extraordinary life and was indeed quite the character! We would also like to tell you about another former Dualla NS Teacher Mr. William Hackett! Enjoy!

ANDREW FINN 1884 – 1958

He was the son of John Finn and Annie O’Meara. His father was an R.I.C constable and his mother came from Meldrum, Cashel.  He was brought up in Ballymacarberry in the Nire Valley where he received his Primary education. He was born on the 1st January in Cashel and baptised in St. John the Baptist Church, as was the custom at that time, the mother came back to Cashel for the birth of her 1st born.  He had a brother Tom, who emigrated to Australia.  In 1902 he entered the De La Salle teacher training college in Waterford and in 1904 qualified as a primary teacher.  He first taught in Labasheeda, Co. Clare.  His annual salary was 65 pounds (paid quarterly).  He also taught in Lickfield, England for a couple of months. From May 1905 – June 1945 he was principal in Dualla N.S. (retired in 1946).  He married Margaret Quigley N.T. a teacher in Dualla N.S who hailed from the parish of Doon, Co. Limerick.  They had 7 children – 6 girls and 1 boy.  Margaret died in 1930 at the age of 41, leaving him with a young family.  In 1938 he remarried.  His second wife was Mary Ryan, Rathclough, who died in her 100th year.  He lived in the teacher’s residence, now the community centre.  He was a keen gardener and grew a wide variety of vegetables and fruit.  As the owner of one of the few motor cars in the parish he was regularly called upon in emergencies. He had great interest in folklore and local history.  He wrote three books.

  1.  Cashel and its Ancient Corporation
  2.  A guide to the Rock and Ruins of Cashel
  3.  Royal and Saintly Cashel

He also wrote numerous articles in the local and National Newspapers. See a list of some of his works.  He was involved in Muintir  na Tíre and was a great friend of its founder Canon Hayes.  He lectured on the Rock to groups of national and international students.  He sent all his children to boarding school for their secondary education.  Two of his family are still living and are regular visitors to Dualla: Sr. Margaret, Pres Convent, Clonmel who has just celebrated her 92nd birthday & Sr. De Pezzi, Presentation Convent, Farranree, Cork.

He died 19th Dec 1958 and is buried in Dualla.


NOTE: He wrote a poem about Amber Wave; a local horse that won the Grand National.  Ned Kirwin the owner/trainer of the horse lived where Martin Power now resides.



He taught in Dualla before Andrew Finn and lived on the Ballinure Road where Mary Nash now resides.  The remains of part of the wall in his house now serve as the background for Mary’s outdoor statue of our Lady.  He went to Cork on Retirement.

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