The Green Coat Hospital School was a charity school founded in 1716 to give an elementary education to poor children and to instruct them in the principles of Christianity as professed by the Church of Ireland. The Rev. Henry Maule was the driving force behind the establishment of the school. Maule's book Pietas Corcagiensis gives a vivid description of the foundation of the school. A copy of the book is available in the Local Studies Department of Cork City Library.
Forty children, twenty boys and twenty girls, attended the school which stood near Shandon. Statues of a boy and a girl stood over the gateway to the school. The statues were popularly known as 'Bob' and 'Joan'. They are now kept in St Anne's Church, Shandon. The path which ran down to the school was known as Bob and Joan Walk. Jack Lynch, a former Taoiseach and a famous hurler, was born nearby.
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