Second level schooling in Skerries in a National, Historical context.

Paper 312

Lecture – 2015

Author – McQuillan, Dominic

Published in: Time & Tide 10

Report by: Oona Roycroft


The ending of the Penal Laws in 1782, allowed Catholic second level schools, to be established for the first time in Ireland.

Previously second level schools were run by the Church of Ireland. Subsequent attempts by both churches to establish multi denominational schools failed. From henceforth, Catholic and Protestant children were educated in separate schools.

This paper recounts the story of what developed in Skerries from 1875 to the present day. It described the state/hierarchy conflicts, the grievances of lay teachers and finally, the effects of falling vocations and the State takeover of educational policy.