Education Matters

The medium of communication for people involved or interested in Education. 

Your words can help to shape the future.

Ireland’s Education Yearbook

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

Noticing Nature: The Key to Wellbeing

Early Childhood, Primary, Second Level | Much research highlights the importance of engaging with nature for enhancing mental, emotional, and physical health.

Final call for applications for €12,000 CAO Scholarship

Second Level, Higher Education | Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has announced its final call for applications to the 2021-2022 President’s Scholarship Programme.

WIT publishes Shakespeare study guides for Leaving Certificate students

Second Level, Higher Education | Lecturers at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have published a book of essays on Shakespeare’s The Tempest to support Leaving Cert students in their English studies this academic year.

Alison Acquires Dash Beyond

Further Education & Training | Alison, a world leader in the provision of free education and training, has announced its acquisition of Dash Beyond.

Maynooth Post Primary Student wins European Commission Award

Second Level | Alba Doherty-Madrigal, from Maynooth Post Primary School, is the Irish winner of the 2021 Young Translators Contest for Secondary Schools.

New research examines mental health of racehorse trainers in Ireland

Research | New research data from Waterford Institute of Technology finds that almost half of Irish racehorse trainers meet the threshold indicative of a common mental disorder. 

ALISON Wins EU Civil Solidarity Prize

Further Education & Training | ALISON, the online learning platform, has been selected by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) as the best Irish candidate for the EU Civil Solidarity Award.

Éigse na Tríonóide and Seachtain na Gaeilge in Trinity College Dublin

Higher Education | Éigse na Tríonóide, Trinity College Dublin’s annual Irish language festival, and Seachtain na Gaeilge, will take place online from 1st-5th March 2021.

The Importance of Nature Education, COVID or no COVID

Higher Education, Primary, Secondary Education | There is a ‘moreness’ about nature that science does not explore.

The Impact of Second Level Education on Adolescent Wellbeing: Student Research

Second Level | Transition Year students Shane O’Connor and Liam Carew recently conducted the research project ‘Assessing the impact of second-level education on key aspects of adolescents’ life and development’.

ISSU Survey on State Examinations and Reopening of Schools

FET, Higher Education, Second Level | The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union has published its Report on State Examinations 2021 and Reopening of Schools.

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.


Authors from Ireland’s Education Yearbook will tease out their topics in a series of conversations

Essential listening for anyone interested in Education.

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Launch of Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020

The official launch of Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020 by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin took place from Trinity College Dublin on 19 January 2021. Keynote addresses were delivered by Trinity Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast, and Prof Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair of Modern History at TCD and Chair of the Irish Research Council. Dr Brian Mooney, Editor, emceed the event.

“I believe passionately that education is the most important part of building a strong society and an economy which can provide for all of our people,” An Taoiseach said.

Dr Brian Mooney recalled a day in March 2020 “when Phyllis Mitchell and I sat down to plan this yearbook, and we realised that this would be the most important edition we were ever likely to publish, given the probable transformative nature of what was about to occur – and so it has proved to be.”

The big issues explored in Yearbook 2020 will remain relevant over the coming months and years. Click here to access the online version, where you can read and download individual chapters, or download a single pdf of the complete Yearbook.

We invite you to engage with the content, to share it on all relevant platforms, and to kindly share the Yearbook link

We invite you also to register free for Education Matters Online Summit where you will have a chance to meet and greet the Yearbook Authors and to engage with them as they tease out the content of their articles.

Phyllis Mitchell, Originator and Publisher

“You think winter will never end, and then, when you don’t expect it, when you have almost forgotten it, warmth comes and a different light.”

Wendell Berry