St. Joseph's College, Manorhamilton & Educational Initiatives
1930 - 1970
This book is primarily concerned with the attempts made by a local committee in Manorhamilton to bring secondary education to North Leitrim - an aim which was finally achieved after nearly a quarter of a century of endeavour.
It is a story involving local parish priests and Catholic bishops including leading churchman Cardinal McRory and their interaction with activists such as Seán McPolin, John Drumm, Dr. Harry O'Carroll, Tom Dominic Rooney and Paddy Coyle.
The book also recounts the heroic efforts of Oonagh Brady (grandmother of singer-songwriter Paul Brady) and her two daughters to set up a private secondary school in Manorhamilton at a time when the acquisition of the Leaving Certificate was denied to the vast majority of pupils in North Leitrim.
The author also details the establishment of the Vocational system in Leitrim and the early years of Manorhamilton 'Tech' where the Department of Education refused to sanction the appointment of a woman as the first principal because it was not their policy to do so.
'A Right not a Privilege' contains copies of original documents and is illustrated, fully referenced and indexed.
Published by St. Joseph's Reunion Committee.