Irish Primary Education in the Early Nineteenth Century

An Analysis of the First and Second Reports of the Commissioners of Irish Education Inquiry, 1825-6

By Garret FitzGerald

This study uses data contained in an 1824 British Parliamentary Inquiry to carry out a comprehensive analysis of the extent of the Irish schools system in the early 19th century. This inquiry was undertaken some years before the introduction of the national school system in Ireland. In an international context, the comprehensive nature of this information is most unusual for an early 19th-century state. The book examines this data to analyze: the geographical pattern of male/female and Catholic/Protestant school attendance at that time * the scale of payments by parents (few children, and then mainly those of Anglican parents, received free education) * the extent to which this pattern may have been influenced by various factors, such as geography, religion, and urbanization * the degree to which children of differing religions in different parts of the country shared the same schools. The analysis shows that there was a fair amount of mixed denominational education at the time. It also shows that, at that stage, 'hedge schools' were almost all taking place in some kind of structure - the idea of a literal hedge school is misinformed. Data is presented on the number of children at school, what gender they were, what they paid for school, their religious affiliation, etc.


180 pages

Publication Date: 11/19/2013
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781908996213