Secondary School Education in Diocesan Colleges in Ireland, 1922–1962

  • Tom O’Donoghue
  • Judith Harford


All 28 of the diocesan colleges which operated in the country at the time of the introduction of the free education scheme in 1967 offered the standard secondary school curriculum. Most of them had been established by the Catholic bishops following the relaxation of the Penal Laws. They grew out of a response to a Tridentine decree which argued that each bishop should have a junior seminary in his diocese. Along with providing secondary school education for Catholic boys, they were charged from the time of their establishment with encouraging students to consider becoming diocesan priests.


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© Tom O’Donoghue and Judith Harford 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom O’Donoghue
    • 1
  • Judith Harford
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of Western AustraliaAustralia
  2. 2.University College DublinIreland

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