Roundwood Old School Re-Union

Roundwood Old School plaque
Monica Byrne

The Roundwood and District Community Council are happy to extend an open invitation to all past pupils and teachers of the Old School in Roundwood to come and have a last look around the school on the evening of Saturday, 1st August from 7:30pm.  The school has recently been sold into private ownership and we extend our thanks to the new owner for allowing us to host this final farewell.

In particular, we would like to welcome any past pupils and their families who are now living abroad to come back and share in this occasion, which will coincide with the Roundwood Street Festival (31st July to 2nd August), and promises to be a great social weekend in Roundwood village.

You’ll have the chance to have a wander around the old school building, see photos and other memorabilia from school days, catch up with other former pupils of the school, listen to some pupils and teachers speak about their recollections from their time at the school and just have a bit of craic.  We will also be gathering materials for inclusion in a time capsule which will, no doubt, be a source of great fascination for future generations!

There will be an ‘open school’ on Sunday 2nd August from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.  During this time, people will be welcome to come in and have a look around the school building.

We hope you can come from near and far to join us for this occasion.  Please spread the word as we are eager to ensure all former pupils and teachers know of the event.

This event is generously supported by Wicklow Co Council Community Tourism Diaspora Fund

Call for past pupils to write an account of their memories from time spent at the Old School.

If you attended the Old School in Roundwood, please consider contributing a short account (just a page or two) about your time at the school.

Please note that we plan to display written accounts from teachers and pupils at the reunion on 1st August and during the ‘open school’ on Sunday, 2nd August between 2pm – 5pm.  Also, some or all of the accounts will be included in a time capsule, along with other materials, which will be placed in the grounds of the school sometime after the reunion.

There are some suggestions below about things you could write about.  These are just suggestions so feel free to write about what sticks in your memory about your time at school.

  • physical conditions in school
  • games played in or around the school.  What was the popular toy/game/means of keeping occupied as a kid when you were in school.
  • day trips, sports days, etc
  • visitors to the school – the cigire/inspector, local priest, bishop, etc
  • preparations for Communion, Confirmation
  • friends at school
  • how did you get to school
  • did you get time off school to help out at home/farm/work
  • any interesting arts or crafts learned at school
  • any funny or interesting anecdotes about teachers or pupils from day-to-day school life (be nice!).

Please include your name and the start and end years from your time at school (or if you prefer to indicate the decade during which you attended).   Please email your account to or please put handwritten accounts in an envelope and leave in to Maureen in the Parish Office.


We are looking to borrow any of the following for display over the weekend at the school:

  • any photos you have from your school days
  • school books, copies, arts and crafts, or other mementos you have from school
  • desks that were used at the school
  • copies of newspaper or other articles in which the Old School featured over the years

All items will be returned to their owners.  Photos, etc. can be left for collection with Maureen in the Parish Office Monday to Thursday from 9.15am to 1.00pm.  Please put items in a sealed envelope/parcel and write your name and phone number on the outside.  Alternatively, you can email to If you can, please name people in the photos and indicate the year or decade in which they were taken.

We plan to scan the photos and make them available digitally. Thanks.

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