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004. Irish History Sessions from the Hedge Row
At the Irish Roots Cafe with

Our Second Session about The Hedge School
Advance Shownotes for Mondays podcast
We open todays broadcast with Peter singing that old
song that mentions school and carrying the sod.

Here are some random notes for today, with a timeline:

Payment of the Hedge Teachers    2:35
Free Schools of the English Way   3:40
Competition Between Teachers
This verse won the day for one teacher:
“ In Teaching the Young our Mother Tongue
at least I may venture to Mention
I am better than some, who greedily thumb,
the Bible Society Pension. “

Failed Charter Schools set up by authorities. 6:03
Outlawing of endowments,
Hedge Schools were pay schools
Baptist Schools use the Irish Language !

End of the Hedge Schools 8:50
Building of Churches and Open Education    9:45
“ A sod house scooped out of the road side “
Catholics to Pay for Protestant Minister.

Irish vs. English Language 11:45
Current debate over language in Ireland

How they taught in the hedge school
Individual instruction, Recitation, Copying
Writing in Slate, Paper, Sand.
The City ‘Acadamy’                               18:15

Hedge Schools and the Church
Elizabeth I sponsors Bible in Irlsh         22:00

Some Popular Books of Students:
Freny and O’Hanlon, Hiwaymen
The History of Witchcraft
The Articles of LImerick

The Stranger or ‘Poor Scholar’
The Pass, or letter of recommendation

Giddyhead O’Hacket, Coxcomb O’Boland, Buffoon O’Mulcahy

The New National Schools of Ireland 31:40
The final of the Hedge Schools.
“Rough unpolished men, and brilliant scholars “

Total Time: 35:20

Our next session will be on a new topic from Irish History.
Mike O’Laughlin

…….So end the notes from the Hedge Row today.
You can see the entire series at We have broadcast series
on Genealogy; Song; and Local History as well.

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About Your Hedge School Teachers

Both Michael and Peter are graduates of Rockhurst University,
and have given lectures, exhibits, tours, and educational seminars
relating to Ireland since 1984.

Peter Reilly Adams
Peter  traces his roots to the County Fermanagh and County
Cavan. Growing up in the City of New York and influenced by
the Irish neigborhoods, he was educated in Catholic Schools
all his life and was a member of the Augustinian Recollect
Order. Now in Kansas City, Kansas, he has a Bacholar
Degree in  Philosophy, Theology and History and Masters
in Liberal Arts and Public Administration
He has taught at every level of education over the past 40
years and served as Assistant to the Mayor in Kansas City.
He was the host of the Irish Radio show, Celtic Crossings
and has led tours to Ireland for 23 years. He is a noted
musician and a talented vocalist.

Michael C. O’Laughlin

Mike descends from the O’Loughlins of Kilfenora, County Clare,
and the O’Donahues of Glenflesk, County Kerry. He also bears
Sullivan, Buckley, Kilmartin, Llewellyn and Kelliher roots; leads
tours to Ireland; and maintains a 3,000 volume Irish library, and
has authored more Irish books, newsletters and podcasts
than anyone in history*.
His public appearances include: National Public Radio
& television; Irish Family history seminars; Grand Marshall and
judge in St. Patricks Day parades; and as a founding member of
Irish cultural, bagpipe, and dance groups. He began the first
Irish Family history broadcast series on the web in 2006.

*60 books, 6 broadcast series with 200 episodes,
300 newsletters, 200 blog entries, videos, DVD and CDs.

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