About Education Matters Yearbook

Ireland’s Yearbook of Education

Ireland’s Yearbook of Education is published each year in December in print and digital formats.

The purpose of the Yearbook is:

  • To provide a permanent accessible annual record of key changes and emerging trends occurring in a particular year in Irish Education;
  • To act as a catalyst for constructive progress in education in Ireland and internationally.

The 350-page publication opens with an Introduction comprising a foreword by the Minister for Education & Skills and commentary by the Editor, Brian Mooney.

Following that, there is a chapter titled Themes which concentrates on broad-brush topics that straddle all sectors of education.

The main body of the yearbook consists of a series of chapters, each of which focuses on a particular sector in education: Early Childhood, Primary, Second Level, Further Education & Training, Higher Education, and finally Research.

Readership

  • Managers and Leaders from across the entire spectrum of Irish Education including the Department of Education & Skills, State Educational Agencies, Schools, Colleges, Universities, Teachers’ Representative Bodies;
  • Education Practitioners across all sectors and disciplines.

Next Edition

The 2019-2020 edition of Ireland’s Yearbook of Education is currently in preparation and will be launched in the National Unviersity of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 on 17 December 2019.

It is five years since Brian Mooney was scouted by Education Matters for the role of Editor of Ireland’s Yearbook of Education. Eventually – despite an already busy schedule, Brian generously accepted the invitation. During the years since then, he has remarkably increased the visibility and prestige of the Yearbook. His energy and enthusiasm, as well as his expert knowledge of the Irish education system, are abundantly recognised and appreciated by all those involved each year in the creation of this progressively prominent publication. 

Speaking at a meeting of the editorial board in May 2019, Brian described Ireland’s Yearbook of Education as “an amazing resource”. He said it was “his immense privilege” to work with members of the editorial board to produce this valuable publication which is a think-tank, a catalyst for change, a reference work, and a permanent historical record of the evolution of education in Ireland.

Editorial Board, Ireland’s Yearbook of Education 2019-2020

Peter Brown

Peter Brown

Director, Irish Research Council

Andrew Brownlee

Andrew Brownlee

Executive Director, SOLAS

Clive Byrne

Clive Byrne

Director, National Association of Principals & Deputy Pricipals (NAPD)

Pairic Clerkin

Pairic Clerkin

CEO, Irish Primary Principals’ Network

Cornelia Connelly

Cornelia Connelly

Lecturer, School of Education, NUI Galway

Siobhan Keegan

Siobhan Keegan

National Service Coordinator, Better Start Quality Development Service

Anne Looney

Anne Looney

Executive Dean, Institute of Education, DCU

Brian Mac Giolla Phadraig

Brian Mac Giolla Phadraig

Divisional Inspector, DES

Selina McCoy

Selina McCoy

Associate Professor and Head of Education Research, ESRI

John McGinnity

John McGinnity

Admissions Officer/Assistant Registrar, Maynooth University

Phyllis Mitchell

Phyllis Mitchell

Founder & Publisher, Ireland’s Yearbook of Education

Brian Mooney

Brian Mooney

Editor, Ireland’s Yearbook of Education

Roisin O’Connell

Roisin O’Connell

Head of Communications, THEA

Damian White

Damian White

President, Irish Primary Principals’ Network

Rory O’Sullivan

Rory O’Sullivan

Principal, Killester College of FET, and Chairperson of the NAPD FET Committee.

Joan Russell

Joan Russell

Director, ETBI School Support Services

Maria Walsh

Maria Walsh

Communications Manager, SOLAS