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Clare Education Centre Comóradh Caoga Bliain

Clare Education Centre owes its inception to a group of local teachers, who, under the leadership of Mr Gerald Cronin, (RIP) former Principal of Kilmaley National School, came together in 1970, to form a professional support group to examine ways of improving the delivery of education in Clare. This group, who were, for the most part, members of the Ennis INTO Branch, held regular meetings, elected officers and organised relevant courses for local teachers. With the introduction of the “New Curriculum” in 1971, the Department of Education set about establishing a network of Teachers’ Centres to act as a focal point where teachers could meet in a professional capacity. These centres were set up to “deliver in-service courses and induction programmes for teachers and to provide and display resources and materials”. Having laid the foundations, Gerald Cronin and his committee were very well placed to take on the responsibility of running the Ennis Teachers’ Centre, and in 1972 they became the first organised teachers’ group to seek recognition as a Teachers’ Centre. Gerald became the first part-time director of the nascent centre then based in the old Boys’ National School on the Kilrush Road in Ennis.

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