We left the present day school which was built in 1939, the Catholic church is just up from the school and was built in 1850 by Fr Cornelius O Brien. He got the limestone from the Morans of Moatfield and the Larkins of Curragha. The house of the bailiff is just down from the National School, the house no longer exists. The first bailiff Michael Heenan who died in 1863 was known for his cold hearted evictions. Jim Salmon occupied it until 1963; the house was demolished a decade or two later. We saw old iron gates that we believed were the entrance to the house.
We continued on our walk, our next stop was the home of Glennon which is currently being lived in by Kathleen Brown. The home of Glennon was once home to two resistance fighters during the War of Independence -Jimmy and John Glennon. Jimmy was arrested and imprisoned on Spike Island. John played a massive part in the Modreeny ambush near Cloughjordan. After that we went looking for the site of a forge. John Daly was the blacksmith of the forge. There is no forge now but we tried to spot any unnatural terrain in the field- we were unsuccessful in our search. We kept walking and came to Deerpark which is a walled in area which was used for gaming and coursing.
We came upon the old school which was built in 1926, it was supposed to have been built a couple years before but with major events happing both nationally and internationally it was delayed-WW1 and War of Independence in Ireland. It is now being lived in by Fr Deeley, it was only in use for 13 years before they moved into the present day school. The next place on the list was the site of ringfort also used as a cillin. We again could not spot any evidence of its existence. We came to the lodge entrance to Redwood House, last lived in by the Walls family, it was demolished about 32 years ago.
We finally came to the main attraction of our walk- the ruins of the first Redwood School- it was opened in 1879. The house was previously used as a police barracks. It was owned by the Trenches. The house had 15 rooms, only one was used for the classroom. Two rooms were lived in by the teacher, the steward occupied another three. Over time families started to move into the other rooms. Redwood Castle is situated right beside the school. It was built in 1200 by the Normans and was used as a law school. It was burned down during Cromwell times and was rebuilt in 1979.
I really enjoyed my walk of the Golden Mile and found it very interesting.
By Aaron Mc Donagh
6th Class, Redwood NS