On Thursday 20th February 2014, I am very honoured to be giving a talk at Greystones Archaeological and History Society. The talk title is:
Education in Wicklow: From Parish Schools to National Schools.
It will detail some of the work I’ve being doing over the last year on schools in Wicklow that were developed prior to the development of the National School system in 1831, and in particular the considerable local efforts to build schools around County Wicklow in the period 1785-1825. As well as an overview of the county, I plan to give some detail relevant to Greystones and North Wicklow. I hope you can make it! I have a book coming out on this topic soon. Details of time and venue are on the GAHS website. (8.30pm in the Family Centre adjoining Holy Rosary Church, Greystones)
Greystones AHS are a great Society with an active programme. In addition to talks and trips, they publish a journal, and in a model I wish other local history societies would adopt, the journal is published online. In fact I was able to find out some context for education in Delgany from an article in the 2004 Journal, “Lead Kindly Light? Education and the La Touche Family” by Judith Flannery, which is available to read on the Society’s website.