Kildare Place Society and the Beginnings of Formal Education in Ireland

  • Susan M. ParkesEmail author
Part of the Critical Approaches to Children's Literature book series (CRACL)


The Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in Ireland was founded in Dublin in 1811. It was commonly known as the Kildare Place Society from the location of its headquarters in the city. The aim of the Society was to provide a ‘well-ordered education’ for the poorer classes in Ireland. One of its most successful ventures was the publication of school books, in particular its two popular text books The Dublin Spelling Book (1813) and The Dublin Reading Book (1819), as well as its library readers of the 1820s. When the National School system was set up in 1831 its National Lesson Books were closely based on the pioneer publications of the Kildare Place Society.


Reading Book English Reader Model School English Grammar Library Book 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationTrinity College DublinDublinIreland

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