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Looking for Glen Ban School and Heath House, Abbeyleix
« on: Wednesday 27 December 17 20:58 GMT (UK) »
Hello, everyone.

Iíve spent a lot of frustrating time on the internet, unsuccessfully trying to find out more about two places in Abbeyleix which have an ancestry connection for my family.
 
Could anyone help with the following?

Glen Ban School in Abbeyleix.

I have a postcard of the school - image attached.
1.   Does anyone know exactly where it was located?
2.   Does the building still exist?
3.   Does anyone know if there is any kind of written history of the school?

Heath House in Abbeyleix. 

I've a photograph of Heath House - attached.
I can locate a Heath House, Abbeyleix on Google maps, but the satellite view is poor and it is not possible to see the building from the main road on street view. Here is the link, courtesy of the shrink link tool on rootschat: http://www.rootschat.com/links/01l7a/


4.   Does anyone know if my photograph of Heath House is the same place as on Google maps?


Thanks for any help.

Ramsin

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Re: Looking for Glen Ban School and Heath House, Abbeyleix
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 27 December 17 21:31 GMT (UK) »
There is a building in Abbeyleix called Glenban
I need to change over to laptop to post a link.
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Re: Looking for Glen Ban School and Heath House, Abbeyleix
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 27 December 17 21:35 GMT (UK) »
Thanks to Hallmark for your reply.

I've actually already looked at the link and part rejected it because it wasn't in Abbeyleix and the style of building is very different - and much bigger by the looks of it!

As always, though, on family history matters, I am keeping an open mind until proved right or wrong!

The back of the photograph has this on it:

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Re: Looking for Glen Ban School and Heath House, Abbeyleix
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 27 December 17 21:42 GMT (UK) »
You can't fish on a empty stomach so give the man one or two records so he knows how good it tastes.

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Re: Looking for Glen Ban School and Heath House, Abbeyleix
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 27 December 17 22:10 GMT (UK) »
That's brilliant!

I've used your map of the location of the school side-by-side with a Google map of the area (I've the extravagance of two screens attached to my pc!) and I can see that buildings still exist.

I am still not certain that the Heath House that I am looking for is the same as the one in Portlaoise. But, having said that, I used your map of Abbeyleix to trace the Heath House that I found in Abbeyleix on Google and this matches:

http://maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,642929,684484,12,9

This jogged my memory that the house in Abbeyleix was referred to on a letter as 'The Heath', although all other photos, etc. call the place 'Heath House'.

I am very grateful for your help - it has helped my research tremendously.

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Re: Looking for Glen Ban School and Heath House, Abbeyleix
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 27 December 17 22:11 GMT (UK) »
Davidson taught drawing at her studio at 1 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin. Her pupils included Bea Orpen, Anne Yeats, and Mo Irwin.[5] She also was a teacher at a number of Dublin schools, such as Belgrave school, Rathmines, Wesley College, St Stephen's Green, and Castle Park School, Dalkey.

She travelled to Abbeyleix, County Laois, once a week to teach at Glenbawn boarding school


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Re: Looking for Glen Ban School and Heath House, Abbeyleix
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 28 December 17 09:23 GMT (UK) »
Little snippets of information can be so useful! I did wonder if the school was for boarders - good to have the confirmation. 

I've got about 10 photos of the staff at the school from about 1936 to 1940, most with names.As one of those tangents I go off on, I checked to see if Davidson featured, but she doesn't.  It would have been nice if she had.

Thanks, Hallmark and Sinann for the information. As always, I appreciate the time taken to help me out.


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Re: Looking for Glen Ban School and Heath House, Abbeyleix
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 28 December 17 09:48 GMT (UK) »
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