20 September 2010

Royal School, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone







Royal School, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone
Photographs and information provided by P. O'Brien, September 2010

The present handball alley at the Royal School in Dungannon appears to have been constructed around 1860; a book on the history of the school tells us an 1861 advertisement in the Dublin press for prospective pupils announced “refurbishment measures in the school that included a bathroom, a lavatory, a large gymnasium, a new ball court, a cricket ground, a detached infirmary, a new schoolroom, dormitory and reading room”.

This handball alley still exists today and is in excellent condition although little formal handball is played in it at the moment
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