Mountbellew Vocational School was one of the first rural vocational schools opened in this country. In 1932, a co-educational Vocational School was opened at Mountbellew in what was formally the workhouse building. The idea of boys and girls being taught in the one establishment was a new concept in Irish Education. In 1930, Vocational Education did not exist in permanent locations in the country but courses were held in Mountbellew in practical subjects such as woodwork and dressmaking under the auspices of the Galway V.E.C. When Mountbellew workhouse was advertised for dale in 1931, the Galway V.E.C. took out a lease on the present building for 99 years. Work was then carried out on the building so that it could be used as a school. The Vocational School offered day and night classes, with most students one or two years at school. During the winter, those who worked on the farm would attend day classes and attend night classes for the rest of the year. The school continues to be an invaluable educational resource in the region, providing education to Leaving Certificate level, Post Leaving Certificate Courses (P.L.C.), as well as offering a wide range of Night classes and during the year. Coláiste an Chreagáin is a small co-educational school under the auspices of Galway Roscommon Education Training Board located on a nine-acre site in Mountbellew. The school caters for a vast catchment area and has a wide variety of student ability.
|Address||Mountbellew, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway|