Holy Cross National School, Firoda
Holy Cross Mixed N.S.,(Scoil na Croiche Naofa) known as Firoda N.S. was built in 1962 in the townland of Skehana (a bushy place – sceach) which is situated close to the Laois border between Castlecomer and Ballinakill. The school is known as Firoda School as it replaced the original school which was in the townland of Firoda even though just two fields away from the present building.
The name ‘Firoda’ or’ Pheroda’ (Fíor o Duach or Fioghar o Duach) comes from “The Barony of Ui Duach” (dough) which was the original nucleus of Ossory and eventually diminished to become the civil parish of Castlecomer.