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Auction date - Wednesday 19th October, 12.00 PM
The Old School House, Tryhill, Islandcase, Ballygar, Co. Galway
Advised Minimum Value (AMV) €50,000

About the property


The Old School House, Tryhill, Islandcase, Ballygar, Co. Galway

Tryhill National School is perhaps one of the best preserved disused two-storey national schools in a rural setting. Double fronted Georgian property of magnificent limestone construction, the property has been plastered over the years.

The house is rectangular and almost identical front and rear. The current owners flipped the front entrance to the rear, in order to build a grand style entrance porch accessed by sweeping driveway where a staircase once allowed access to the two classrooms on the upper floor.

As an added bonus a stone cottage lies on the land, roofed and intact. With some flair and imagination, the new owners could create a beautiful authentic home studio or guest accommodation with it.

The building is situated next to the island on the river Shiven in an area known as Islandcase, located to the south of the town of Ballygar in East Galway.

Tryhill is located on a wildlife sanctuary, in a peaceful and tranquil setting. The local country village is 5 mins away and yet only 2 hours from the hustle and bustle of Dublin. The area is renowned for international anglers fishing on the waterways and Ballygar is on the gateway to the beautiful west of Ireland.

It is a perfect opportunity to work from home for a work life balance. Athlone and Roscommon are within a 20 min drive. A perfect location if you need the occasional commute to Dublin.

The building comprises a detached, five-bay, two-storey school, built circa 1830 but now derelict. Georgian in period, it includes a fine pitched slate roof which still serves its purpose well and which still retains its cast-iron rainwater goods. One of the most attractive features of the building is the segmental-headed fanlight over the entrance which in turn retains its original double-leaf timber-ledged and braced door. A stone plaque is still located over the front door and reads “Tryhill National School” with a crude stone cross underneath the plaque. The building is set back from the road in open ground with a random rubble stone boundary wall to the front and hedges to side and rear which mark the area of the associated playground. This playground was once divided into boys and girls sections by a high wall.

Inside, recent alterations to the stairwell and exterior wall notwithstanding, many of the details of the former school still remain. The painted wooden ceiling over the former stairwell remains vibrant and the wood panelling that separated the first floor classrooms seems nearly as fine as the day it was installed.

Among the illustrious past pupils of Tryhill National School was Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (1829 – 1892), bandmaster, by all accounts America’s first music superstar. Gilmore grew up in Ballygar and went to Islandcase/Tryhill National School. He emigrated to the United States at the age of 19 after studying music in Athlone. He quickly threw himself into the music scene there and went on to lead the first official New Year’s Eve celebrations in Manhattan, played with his band at President Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration dinner and lead his band at the head of seven presidential inauguration parades.

Another famous former pupil of Tryhill was Laurence J. Logan (Logan/Boston Airport is named after his son). The school closed in the 1960’s and the children were moved to Ballaghlea National School.

Requiring complete refurbishment, Tryhill has its own charm. It is based on a wildlife sanctuary in a tranquil setting on approx. 1 acre of land. It is made of solid limestone and is double fronted. The interior of the school house consists of a hallway and 2 very large rooms downstairs and two enormous rooms upstairs. It also has four fireplaces with approximately 4-5 windows in each room. The Old School House has dual aspect with lots of light flooding in.

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2779 Sq Ft
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Property details

  • Located adjacent to house with eircode F42 CC43
  • It would require complete refurbishment
  • It is made of solid limestone and double fronted.
  • Hallway and 2 very large rooms downstairs and 2 upstairs.
  • Dual aspect with lots of light flooding in.
  • Serviced by electricity.
  • The toilet area was demolished at the back of the house.
  • Just an hour from Shannon Airport.

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