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Title: Women in education in north-west Donegal
Author: Ní Bhaoill, Méadhbha Máirín
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis analyses the contribution of women to educational development in the Irish-speaking parishes of Tullaghobegley West and Tullaghobegley East and Rathmunterdoney (later named Cloughaneely and Gweedore), which are located in north-west Donegal during the period 1831 -1960. In the introductory section, an attempt is made to establish the economic, labour and social context in which women's participation in education became possible. In 1831, the geographically isolated area of north-west Donegal was inhabited by a mainly small tenant population. The majority of the children did not have access to a universal system of education. By the year 1960, the region had undergone a gradual transformation whereby its mainly Irish-speaking population attained average national levels of literacy in primary education. Furthermore, there was a limited level of entry by local people to second and third-level institutions in the period before the introduction of free second-level education by Minister for Education, Donogh Q'Malley in September 1967. The agents of change during this period included teachers, parents and students; clergymen and nuns, as well as the various commercial, administrative and governmental agents who facilitated the entry of local female students into the three levels of education. A certain number of individual philanthropic women such as Mrs Alice Hart from London were instrumental in developing the industrial and crafts' skills of local women through co-operation with local clerical and governmental agencies. Both the Ulsterwomen who were members of the Gaelic League, and members of various religious orders facilitated the education of local girls. The pervasive influence of the emerging Catholic Church in education and training after the Catholic Emancipation of 1829 is a feature which pertains to all of the five chapters. What is presented, therefore, is a synthesis of the various relationships between women and the main individuals and groupings who aided the transformation of the education system during the period under study
Supervisor: O'Dowd, Mary Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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