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A Brave New Vision for Education in Ireland

Áine Hyland

This book documents the early years of the Dalkey School Project which set up Ireland’s first state-aided multi-denominational primary school since the foundation of the State. The Dalkey School Project started in 1974 and the school, the DSP National School, Ireland’s first Educate Together school, opened in temporary premises in Vesey Place, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin on 1st September 1978. The school moved to a purpose-built school building in Glenageary Lodge, Glenageary, Co. Dublin in 1984.

The title of this book A Brave New Vision for Education in Ireland is taken from the keynote address delivered by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, at the annual general meeting of Educate Together in May 2016.  In his address he referred to “the courage, commitment and pioneering nature” of the founders of the Dalkey School Project. He stated that the Educate Together movement which started at that time has been a critical and committed agent of change in the Irish education system.

The author of the book, Áine Hyland, was one of the founder members of the Dalkey School Project and she has drawn on correspondence, speeches, minute books and newspaper cuttings as well as personal interviews to chronicle the events which led to the opening of the school. Because of Covid 19 restrictions, access to other relevant documents such as Department of Education files was not possible at the time of writing. When these and other archives become available a more comprehensive documentation of events will be possible.

Author bio

Áine Hyland was a founder member of the Dalkey School Project. She is Emeritus Professor of Education and former Vice-President of University College Cork.  She was awarded a Ph.D. by Trinity College in 1982 for her thesis on the administration of Irish education.  She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and was awarded an honorary fellowship by the National College of Ireland, and honorary doctorates by University College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for her contribution to Irish education. To contact the author, email to

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