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Heritage of education

From our early monasteries connecting Irish scholars to the rest of Europe; to the times of Ireland’s hedge schools during the 18th and 19th centuries; to school life in the 20th century and our present-day education system – our educational heritage presents a rich source for project ideas.

Here you will find a selection of resources to help you delve deeper into this topic.

Dúchas: The Schools’ Collection

Here you will find a collection of folklore compiled by schoolchildren in Ireland in the 1930s. Search by county to explore the folklore collected by children in your area.

Irish Archives Resource

This portal allows you to search through a large number of archival collections by area of interest of research topic. These include school records, and university and higher education.

National Archives

The National Archives holds a wealth of information about Ireland’s education. Use the search bar in the online catalogue to find out more.

Monastic Ireland (Discovery Programme)

The medieval monastic remains of Ireland are searchable in this database of sites. The site focuses largely on the numerous later medieval monastic orders, who arrived in Ireland from Continental Europe from the 11th Century onwards.

Why do buildings look the way they do?

Take a look at this article from Heritage in Schools expert, Alison MacCormaic, who writes about the built heritage of national schools.

Introduction to 'heritage and education'

The education system and our schools are an important part of our national heritage. Here Deputy General Secretary of the INTO, Noel Ward speaks about 'heritage and education' and shares some ideas of projects this sub-theme might inspire.

Schools’ Folklore Collections

Watch this tutorial on how to access the Schools’ Folklore Collection by Heritage in Schools expert, John O’Neill.