An Modh Scoil

This is the Small Claims Court in Cork. If you have a grievance about a product or service you can bring a case against the provider here for around 15 Euro.

In a past life it was also a primary school. I went to school here in the early 80′s when it was the Model School or “Modh Scoil” in Irish.
If you look carefully you may be able to see the inscription, “Cork District Model National School” over the door.
When it was a school the brickwork needed repair, the grounds were simple cement paths with green areas and the heating was open fires and boilers in several of the classrooms. Teachers had to pile on more coal to keep the fire going.
After the school closed down they couldn’t demolish the building because of it’s age so it was converted into a court.

I visited there last year with Jacinta and we were shown around by a friendly guard. I left my camera in it’s case. It was strange to see that the 6th class classroom was now a small courtroom, that huge rooms with high ceilings had been boxed off into offices, and that the boy’s toilets at the end of the building was now a holding cell for prisoners.

This is my first shot taken with the Sigma 10-20mm lens posted here. I didn’t need the wide angle because this is slightly cropped from the original.

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  • micki June 3, 2006 Reply

    I love old architecture like this! Wonderful shot!

  • patrick manning April 25, 2007 Reply

    I lived in the Model School from 1936 to 1948 when I left for the U.S. My mother was the school caretaker. I have many happy memories of the school and all my cronies. I drilled in the school play yards with the LDF during the war and some graffiti I carved in the walls of the handball alley still remains, although faintly. One of my school mates was the late Tommy Moroney, a talented athlete who played international soccer and rugby for Ireland : another was Mick Kenefick of St. Finbarrs who was the youngest captain of the winning Cork all-Ireland hurling team which won the title in 1943. I could go on forever………………

  • Conor November 10, 2009 Reply

    Is there any chance anyone would know when this building was originally built, and at what date it stopped being a school and became a courthouse? Thanks!!

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