• Eilís O’Sullivan


This chapter assesses the themes and contents of the preceding chapters. It considers whether the agency of the Ascendancy women, whose lives are outlined in Part 2 of this book, amounted to convention or innovation. This chapter appraises the women’s political, pragmatic and religious motivations for supporting the education of poor Irish children at the end of the long eighteenth century and it evaluates the effect and legacy of their involvement. During research for this book, sources were consulted that had not previously been considered regarding the history of education in Ireland. The use of these sources is reviewed. This chapter also considers the modern educational issues in Ireland that mirror the themes of this book, for example children’s rights to equitable education, regardless of parental income or status, and the concerns surrounding governance of schools and the teaching of religion there.

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  • Eilís O’Sullivan
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  1. 1.Mary Immaculate CollegeUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland

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