Fire crews were called to a blaze at the former Ennis National School this evening.
The alarm was raised at around 9.30pm when several callers to the emergency services reported that the school was on fire.
Three units of Ennis fire service and gardaí responded to the call and on arrival discovered that the building itself was not in fact on fire.
Fire crews found a large amount of rubbish burning against the wall of the squash courts at the rear of the school.
Flames could however be seen from the road and surrounding area leading locals to believe that fire was in the main school building.
No one was injured and minor damage is thought to have been caused to the building.
The school was vacated last September when pupils and staff moved to a new premises at Ashline on the outskirts of Ennis.
Gardaí are investigating the incident.