Na­tion’s fore­most ed­u­ca­tion ex­pert launches new his­tory

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS -

FEW are as qual­i­fied to de­liver com­pre­hen­sive his­to­ries of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem in Ire­land over the past two cen­turies as Tar­bert man John Coola­han.

No sur­prise then that the launch of his lat­est his­tory on his area of ex­per­tise as a life­long ed­u­ca­tor of other teach­ers, To­wards the Era of Life­long Learn­ing: A His­tory of Ir­ish Ed­u­ca­tion 1800-2016, en­joyed such an in­ter­ested re­sponse as it did on its Kerry launch at - ap­pro­pri­ately - the Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre in Drom­tacker, Tralee on Thursday.

One of the key ad­vis­ers to Gov­ern­ment on the draft­ing of ed­u­ca­tional pol­icy over re­cent decades, John Coola­han – Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus of Ed­u­ca­tion at NUI Maynooth – has played a mas­sive role in the emer­gence of the ‘life­long’ model of ed­u­ca­tion that is to­day mak­ing such a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to the mod­ern work­place as it does.

He was also present on Thursday to de­liver the in­au­gu­ral lec­ture in the Cen­tre’s new John Coola­han Ed­u­ca­tion Lec­ture Se­ries in his hon­our - some­thing direc­tor Caitríona Ní Chul­lota de­scribed as a huge hon­our for the fa­cil­ity.

“John’s re­mark­able ca­reer at home in Ire­land and in­ter­na­tion­ally as teacher, teacher ed­u­ca­tor, aca­demic re­searcher and au­thor cou­pled with his com­mit­ment and con­tri­bu­tion to ed­u­ca­tion in­no­va­tion and pol­icy for­ma­tion is recog­nised world­wide,” Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre direc­tor Caitríona Ní Chul­lota told The Ker­ry­man.

Photo by Dom­nick Walsh

Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus of Ed­u­ca­tion at Maynooth John Coola­han (front, cen­tre) at the launch of his lat­est his­tory on the Ir­ish ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem at the Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre in Tralee on Thursday with, back from left, Mar­garet McCor­mack, Emer Nel­li­gan, Betty Stack, John O’Re­gan, Kay McCarthy, Noel Keenan, Máire Bn. Nic Shuib­hne. Front, from left: Breda Lyons, Cen­tre direc­tor Caitríona Ní Chul­lota, Prof Coola­han and Kath­leen Browne.

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