TALLAGHT COMMUNITY SCHOOL - EARLY YEARS
by Padraig Heeran
“Truly the pilgrim people who came to Tallaght were a wise and loving
people. We were indeed lucky to have them. "
This poetic image comes from "Tallaght a Living Town" published by South Dublin County Council in 1997, and it gives me what, I hope, will be the central theme in this account of the early years of Tallaght Community School, and that is, a celebration of the people who, for thirty years, have worked, taught, learned, played and, in a myriad of ways, have made this school a place that I am proud and privileged to have been associated with. It is firstly a celebration of all the pupils who have come to the school [in thirty years well over 5000!!]. It is also a celebration of all the staff who have worked there in all their different roles; a celebration of the parents who sent their children to us; a celebration of the members of the Board of Management who gave their time and skills to the school.
While I intend to keep this theme of celebration as my main focus I will also look at some of the difficulties that made the early years frustrating, demanding, exciting, never boring, and, in retrospect, very rewarding. I must be clear that this is a personal account, and does not pretend to be a definitive history of these years. I will leave that to a more objective study by some one not so closely associated with the school.
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