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St. James’ School is situated in the townland of Ballingrane at the centre of the rural parish of Cappagh. Those who attend, visit or work in our school find themselves immersed in a patchwork of lush countryside.
Our surrounding area is populated by families living in individual housing units and a large farming community. Cappagh School was built in 1866 by the right Hon. Viscount Southwell and consisted of two classrooms and living quarters. The classroom nearest the church was the girls’ school and the boys were accommodated in the other classroom. The centre of the building provided living accommodation for the headmaster or headmistress up until the 1970s.
The present building replaced an older school which was in the village of Cappagh. The original school building was refurbished and modernised in the 1990s. The school was extended in 2007, and again in 2021. Over many years, our school has grown and developed and 123 pupils are enrolled for the 2023/2024 school year. Presently, St James’ is staffed by 8 teachers who are assisted by 4 ancillary staff members. The pupils and staff are helped in every way by our Board of Management members and our very active Parents’ Association. We also rely greatly on the assistance of our parent/guardian cohort and indeed the good will of the wider community. Our school has always been a focal point in this West Limerick community and the widespread support it continues to receive has contributed greatly to our success.
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