In Greencastle parish there were five schools. Greencastle, Cashel, Crock, Ligatraght (Coneyglen) and Broughderg.
These schools were built in the early 1800s and had two classrooms with two entrance halls and playground.
The classroom had an open grate. Parents took a load of turf each year for the fires and some children carried a few daily.
There was little money to spare on the upkeep of the school. There were no caretakers so the teachers had to put on school fires as well as sweep the rooms daily and do the dusting.
According to today’s standards, school furniture and equipment was meagre consisting mainly of some long modern desks which held 8 to 10 children as well as a large cupboard, high desk and store for the teacher.
Toilets were outdoors and near the turf shed at the back (no indoor sanitation). Water was carried from neighbouring houses.
The assistant teacher taught the infants as well as classes one, two and three. The Principal taking classes four, five and six. Children started school at five years old and left after their 14th