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Ireland’s Education Yearbook

An accessible record of the year in education with insightful commentary from leaders, experts and practitioners in the field.

Free Live Webinar ahead of CAO deadline

Higher Education, Second Level | As the CAO deadline looms, students and their families are invited to a free Live Webinar with renowned careers expert, Dr Brian Mooney.

Minister Harris appoints two leading academics to Irish Research Council

Higher Education, Research | Minister Simon Harris has appointed two leading academics, Professor Turlough Downes and Professor Orla Muldoon, to the Irish Research Council.

Tech2Students Phase 2 seeks support in bridging the digital divide

FET, Higher Education, Primary, Second Level | In response to the digital divide experienced by students in DEIS schools, Trinity Access in partnership with Camara Ireland developed Tech2Students

The DEIS Programme: Fifteen Years On

Primary, Second Level | Dr Brian Fleming commenced a study, early in 2019, to explore the level of resources needed to tackle the challenges facing DEIS schools. This study was supported by NAPD, CEIST, The Jesuit Provincialate, and Le Chéile.

Bridging Brexit: Cross-border Collaboration in Higher Education

Higher Education | As the UK’s exit from the EU plays out against the backdrop of COVID-19, cross-border collaboration in education and research provides no little solace in these anxious times.

Launch of Publication examining the unique ‘Story Exchange Project’

Higher Education | A Publication examining the ‘Story Exchange Project’, the first-ever initiative of its kind in Ireland, was launched on 29 October 2020.

ASTI secures mandate for industrial action

Second Level | ASTI members have voted to take industrial action unless the Government immediately addresses key Covid-19 issues in schools.

Galway and Cork win Water Schools of the Year Awards

Primary, Second Level | The Water Schools of the Year Awards 2020 have gone to Dominican College in Galway City (second level), and to Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil in Glanmire Cork (primary).

Students express serious apprehension about schools remaining open during Level 5

Second Level | The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) has expressed serious apprehension about the continuation of schooling during Level 5 without improved measures to support student safety, wellbeing, and learning.

Short film featuring Traveller/Mincéir women’s connection to their hair

General | Tune in to a very special short film from the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, featuring Traveller/Mincéir women speaking of their connection to their hair.

Spookiest ever Samhain agus Science Festival announced by DIAS

Early Childhood, Higher Education, Primary, Second Level | The annual Samhain agus Science festival organised by The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) will take place from Monday, 26 October to Wednesday, 4 November.

Road to recovery from COVID-19 will be addressed in five Research Projects

Higher Education, Research | Five ADAPT research projects will address the road to recovery from COVID-19 and explore some of the secondary effects of the pandemic on society.

Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020

We are delighted to announce the online publication of Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020.
You can now read and download individual chapters at
A single pdf of the complete Yearbook will be available on this site from 20 January 2021.

The print edition of Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020 will be launched in Trinity College Dublin by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin on 19 January 2021. An Taoiseach will take this opportunity to set out his vision for education in Ireland for 2021, and how he intends to implement it.

TCD Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast, and Prof Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair of Modern History at TCD and Chair of the Irish Research Council, will also speak at the event, which has been organised and will be emceed by Dr Brian Mooney, Managing Editor, Ireland’s Education Yearbook.

We invite you to tune in to the live streaming of the launch at 5pm on Tuesday, 19 January 2021. Check back for the link, which will be posted here soon.

In light of the year we have had, we believe the 2020 edition of Ireland’s Education Yearbook is our most important to date. Huge thanks are due to Dr Brian Mooney, managing editor, for his incomparable work, to members of our editorial board whose input is invaluable, and to our highly esteemed authors who have contributed so generously in spite of adverse circumstances.

Sincere thanks to Jeroen Bos and Stan Carey, true experts in their respective fields of graphic design/web development and copyediting/social media. And a warm welcome to John McGarry who has joined us recently.

A special thanks to you our readers, the last but perhaps the most important link in the chain. Much effort has gone into this publication and we want it to reach every one of you, members of the education community. We invite you to engage with the content on relevant platforms. Kindly share the yearbook link on your social media channels and/or directly with colleagues.

Phyllis Mitchell, Originator

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.

Haruki Murakami