Education in 1970s Ireland

Figure 1: Sketch of Padraig Faulkner (O’Connell, 2012) The 1970s was a dramatic period worldwide and similarly one of economic, industrial, and political unrest in Ireland. This period of social change sharpened the debates about equality and the lives of Irish women. The 1970s also saw the continuation of ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland which… Continue reading Education in 1970s Ireland

Education in 1960s Ireland

The opening of Ballymun Comprehensive School (O’Moore, 2015). Life in the 1960s was influenced by the civil rights movement across the world, and by the ‘cold war’ of the United States and the Soviet Union. Ireland also experienced changes and civil unrest during this period.  Northern Ireland witnessed the beginning of the ‘The Troubles’ with… Continue reading Education in 1960s Ireland

Education in 1950s Ireland

The 1950s was a period of recovery and reorganisation across the world after World War II and Ireland was no exception. It was a time of economic hardship, mass unemployment, and an increase in emigration amongst young Irish people. Figure 1: Sean Moylan, former Minister for Education, Fianna Fáil TD, and ex-IRA Commandant (MacGuill, 2015).… Continue reading Education in 1950s Ireland

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1940s Education in Ireland

Eamonn De Valera, c. 1918–1920. Photo Wikipedia The Minister of Education in Ireland for the 1940s period was originally the same one as the in the 1930s period, Thomas Derrig.Derrig was Minister of Education from 1932-1939, where he was replaced for short amount of time by Eamonn De Valera. Derrig returned as Minister of Education from… Continue reading 1940s Education in Ireland

Education in 1930s Ireland

Education in the 1930s in Ireland under the leadership of Thomas McDerrig, a Fianna Fail TD who was the Minister of Education from 1932-1939 Figure 1: Thomas Derrig, Minister for Education from 1932 to 1939 (Dubhghaill, 2022). Thomas Derrig was the Minister of Education from 1932 to 1939. Derrig was one of the founding members… Continue reading Education in 1930s Ireland

Education in 1920s Ireland

With the Irish Free State just coming into the Irish political sphere after the centuries long control by the United Kingdom, there needed to be a reconfiguration of the educational system within Ireland. This started with the creation of the Department of Education, which was formed on the 26th of August 1921, with Eoin MacNeill… Continue reading Education in 1920s Ireland

Mods in transition

By Derek Whelan Mods in transition In the late 1950’s some young Londoners began to follow the fashion and musical influences of American Jazz artists. Originally known as the ‘Modernists’ they became to be known as ‘Mods’. During the sixties their musical interests evolved into American rhythm and blues, soul, and Jamaican blue beat. Soho… Continue reading Mods in transition

‘A sadder sight it would be impossible to witness’: Criticism of the hiring fair and child labour in County Donegal in the early twentieth century.

By Megan McAuley ‘I recall the hiring fair in Letterkenny, when the small farmers’ sons and daughters were forced to offer themselves for auction to the ranchers in the Lagan Valley. They stood on the footpaths, had their muscles examined by the big farmers, and eventually were hired to them for a few paltry pounds… Continue reading ‘A sadder sight it would be impossible to witness’: Criticism of the hiring fair and child labour in County Donegal in the early twentieth century.

Charles Cameron’s bags of flies

By Ida Milne Sometimes, in the tedium of trawling through dry-as-dust official reports, we historians have a discovery that initially seems little more than an amusing distraction, but later casts a bright light on our topic. In 2016, while reading  the 1911 annual reports of  Dublin’s long-serving Medical Officer of Health Sir Charles Cameron in… Continue reading Charles Cameron’s bags of flies