Introduction to Secondary School Education in Ireland: History, Memories and Life Stories, 1922–1962

  • Tom O’Donoghue
  • Judith Harford


The year 1967 is very significant in the history of education in Ireland, marking the introduction of what became known as ‘the free education scheme’1 that led to a great increase in attendance at post-primary schools across the country. Up until then, only a small number of those who left primary school continued their schooling. For the vast majority of this minority, what this meant was attendance at one of two types of schools, namely, vocational schools and secondary schools. The smaller proportion of the group attended vocational schools, which were run by local vocational education committees and offered a two-year course which was essentially practical and oriented towards the world of work. The larger proportion, albeit still very small in number relative to those who left primary school, attended secondary schools.


Life Story Vocational School Oral History Secondary School Education Oral History Project 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom O’Donoghue
    • 1
  • Judith Harford
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of Western AustraliaAustralia
  2. 2.University College DublinIreland

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