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Old school could soon get a new lease of life

SEVEN years after it closed its doors from the last time, Corranny Primary School could soon echo with the sound of children laughing once again.
The Aghadrumsee school, which closed in 2012, recently went on the market. Sitting on an elevated half acre site around a mile from the Dernawilt Crossroads, there are many things the former school could be used for, giving it new lease of life for generations to come.
However, if similar former country schools are anything to go by, the former school, which has beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, could make a unique home for a local family from the area.
Estate agent Niall Smyth, of Smyth Leslie and Co, said: “As agents we’ve had three to four previous rurally-based former primary schools for sale. The reason most of them were sold was because of the construction of a new purpose built primary school in a village situation, the amalgamation of a number of schools, which is what has happened here.
“In terms of potential, most primary schools that are sold are turned into residential properties. Our interest to date is from people looking to do something similar with this property, in terms of residential purposes.”
Indeed, the school could provide a happy future for someone who may have happy memories of it.
“In the majority of cases those who purchase former schools are past pupils,” said Mr Smyth. “It holds a lot of memories for them, and at least something good is coming out of it as it is continuing to be used by someone in the community and they are making something very positive out of it.”

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