As it was in the beginning

As it was in the beginning

AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING....

by Br. Declan Duffy



Tallaght in 1971 was a small village, on the edge of the Dublin sprawl. It had a small vocational school, and a primary school. The local authorities had plans for the development of Tallaght but the early seventies was a time of economic decline and nobody believed that the development of Tallaght would come very soon. However the Archbishop of Dublin Dr J.C. McQuaid did not share that view. He invited the Holy Faith Sisters and the Marist Brothers to build and open two single sex voluntary secondary schools on a site yet to be developed. He had already failed to interest the Christian Brothers in this project. Only an optimist could believe at the time that such a development was viable.

However things changed rapidly when the Minister for Education Mr Padraic Faulkner released a document on a new project called a community school. It had two objectives: First to provide post primary education in newly developing areas, and secondly to provide a new formula for the amalgamation of non-viable secondary and vocational schools. The actual document was merely three pages in all and raised all kinds of questions. It received mixed reactions.