Scoil Naomh Fursa
St. Fursa's Primary School Claran, Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Fursa in Irish, is called after our local patron saint who was born in the sixth century. The school first opened its doors for pupils in September 1873. Pupil enrolment varied quite a lot in the initial years as the weather and seasonal work on the farms affected the numbers attending. Gradually attendance became more regular and by the end of the 1880's the enrolment warranted three and sometimes four teachers. The school was situated beside Claran Church and it continued in operation there until 1935. By this time pupil numbers had reached 100 and it was decided to build a new four classroom school across the road from the church. The new building was opened in 1936 and has continued in operation since then. The school has usually functioned as a three teacher but since 2003 we have had four mainstream class teachers on staff. At present the school has six teachers – four mainstream class teachers and two learning support teachers – looking after the 102 pupils on rolls. New classrooms are currently under construction and will be in use for January 2007 and the old ones will be converted to ancillary accommodation.
Like all other primary schools in Ireland we cater for pupils from 4 to 12 or 13 years of age. The full Primary Curriculum as laid down by the state is taught. Sport, Drama and Irish Culture are emphasised and in recent years French and German have also been available to the pupils. Over the years the school has won many national awards for drama as well as awards for sport and educational activities. In September 2006 the senior pupils won a major national award for a project on one of our past pupils, Fr. Declan O'Toole R.I.P., who was murdered in 2002 while working a missionary priest in Uganda.