Pearse and Plunket turn 50!

April 30, 2018

This academic year 2017/2018 is a special year for two of our colleges who are each celebrating a 50th anniversary.

Pearse College celebrates 50 years at the heart of education in Crumlin

On March 15th Pearse had a celebration that involved past students, current students and the local community to tie in with its annual Pearse Showcase Day when the local community, schools, past pupils and the many friends of Pearse College visit to enjoy range of events including tastings, displays and performances.

Performances included horticulture, basket making, beekeeping and compost heaps. There was singing, speeches and poetry readings from our current staff and students, face painting clowns and bouncy castle for children and demonstrations on Food from the five Decades by the Food Science and Home economics students that were well worth tasting – and includes such forgotten (!) joys as angel delight, sherry trifle, cheese cubes & pineapple hedgehogs, chicken supreme, quiche and tiramisu….

There was also a small Farmers market to give a flavour of what might be to come from the Pearse College Allotments. The college set up a 1960’s classroom where visitors had the chance to be part of a class and see for themselves how times have – or maybe not –changed in 50 years……

Pearse used this special anniversary year to look at the college and how it might have evolved in the five decades since the academic year 1967/1968 with an exhibition of old photographs and college literature that really showed how different some things are, but also how little has changed in many ways since September 1967.

When the college first opened its doors as Sundrive Boys Post Primary School, Crumlin was a very different place. Over the years the college staff adapted what they did to meet the needs of the local community.  As the first college in the country to run full time day courses for adults, Pearse was a pioneer, and the college still holds a unique position among Colleges of Further Education in attracting and catering for slightly older students.

They do this through the types of courses they offer, but most especially through their staff who know what it means to come back to education after a gap and understand the extra demands on their time that students cope with on a daily basis.

The highlight of the day was the unveiling of a quiet space and water feature, created especially to mark the 50th Anniversary of Pearse College. The college was delighted to have that great ambassador of returning to learning, Senator Lynn Ruane speak to the assembled crowds on the value of education in her life.

Happy Birthday Pearse!

For more information visit Pearse college website

PLunket College celebrates 50 years at the heart of education in Whitehall and beyond

On Friday 9th March, Plunket College celebrated its 50th Anniversary. This historic event was attended by many teachers, students, parents and other family members (both past and present).

Guests of Honour and visiting speakers included The Lord Mayor of Dublin – Councillor Micheal Mac Donncha, Ms Carol Hanney (CE CDETB), Mr John Lonergan (Former Governor Mountjoy Prison), Councillor Andrew Keegan, Chairperson of the BOM and Pre-University Arts student, Ms Jean Marie Kelly who gave a heartfelt and moving speech about the direct impact of adult education on her personal life. In fact, this theme was recurrent and on everyone’s lips throughout the day and enormous praise was reiterated for the 50 years contribution made by Plunket College of Further Education staff to the lives of so many thousands of students down through the years.

This was very much in evidence and reinforced by the ‘Plunket College of Further Education 50th Anniversary Journal’ which contains many wonderful testimonials submitted by current and former students and staff alike.

The College was particularly delighted to welcome so many former members of staff including former Principals, Kevin O’Meara and Orla Kehily and former Deputy Principals Tony O’Brien and Teresa Murphy.

Tributes were also paid to all those involved in preparing for this memorable celebration including the Student Council who were on hand to welcome and assist the many guests in attendance as well as presenting our visiting guests with mementos of the occasion. The opening of a new ‘Mindfulness Garden’ was just another meaningful highlight in what was a very enjoyable day for and shared by all.

Happy Birthday Plunket!

For more information visit Plunket College website



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