In 1959, a committee was formed headed by Fr. Patrick Dillon PP, to find a suitable site on which to build a new school and make an application to the Department of Education.
The foundation stone for the new school was formally laid in Kill Rathmolyon, in September 1960. On Monday 10th April 1961, following a con-celebrated Mass in the new school by the local parish the new school was formally blessed and opened by the locally born (Longwood) Bishop John Kyne. It was given the title St. Michael’s National School because reverence to St. Michael was part of the Christian tradition in the community going back to Reformation times. On the following day, Tuesday 11th April, Mr Broderick and his two assistant teachers – Mrs. Nora Broderick and Ms Marie O’Loughlin – began teaching their pupils in the new school. In addition to the 102 children who came from the old school, a further three boys and one girl also started school on that day.
In 1970 a decision was made by the Department of Education to increase the capacity of the school and transfer all of the children in Ardenew to the this school. Work began on extending the new school in Kill in early 1971. An extra classroom, a recreation room and a kitchen area were constructed. When the work was completed in May of that year, the 23 boys and 19 girls who were attending Ardenew School joined the 54 boys and 42 girls already in the school to give it a total of 138 pupils.
In 2011… as the school passed it’s 50th Anniversary of its opening, it can stand proud in the community of Rathmolyon and Ardenew as a force that has contributed greatly to the wellbeing of the community it serves. Let’s hope the next fifty years are as pleasant and fruitful for all who attend the school.
*excerpt from booklet “St. Michael’s National School 1961-2011; Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Opening of St. Michael’s National School, Kill Friday (17th June 2011)”