Call to name bridge in honour of South Sligo hedge schoolmaster

Michael Brennan was principal at Knocknarrow in 1800s

Sligo News File

A motion before the meeting of the Municipal District of Ballymote and Tubbercurry is asking councillors to ‘commence the process of naming the bridge in the townland between Carrasprawn and Knocknarrow in honour of Michael Brennan, headmaster, who built the first school in the area on his own land in 1820.’

The hedge schoolmaster was the teacher at Knocknarrow from 1820 to 1846. Other teachers were Paddy Kerr, Miss Shannon, Miss Barber, James Ingram and Mrs. Hamilton.

Recently, a majority of Sligo County Council’s elected membership, including Enniscrone-based councillor Joe Queenan, voted down an appeal to name a bridge in Enniscrone in honour of teenage Irish freedom fighter Thomas Howley who died following injuries he suffered after being shot by British forces during an ambush in Ballina. Aged just 18, the young IRA volunteer was a native of Enniscrone. Ballina, however, recognised the valour of the young Enniscrone patriot, and went on to name a street in the town in his memory.