As we work through September and another school year, it’s hard to believe that over 53 years ago, the opportunity of obtaining a secondary school education was considered to be just for the elite.
Life in Ireland was very different in 1967. At the time one third of students who finished primary school were dropping out of education. By the age of 15 years, fewer than 50% were still in full-time education and just 20% of students stayed in school long enough to complete their leaving certificate.
This era of poverty in Irish society was about to change on the 10 September 1966.