County Dublin is one of the thirty-two traditional counties of Ireland. Prior to 1994 it was an administrative county covering the whole county outside of Dublin City Council. In 1994, as part of a reorganisation of local government within Dublin the boundaries of Dublin City were redrawn, Dublin County Council was abolished and three new administrative county councils were established: Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown and South Dublin. While it is no longer used as an administrative division for local government but retains a strong identity in popular culture, it is in the province of Leinster, is named after the city of Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. County Dublin was one of the first parts of Ireland to be shired by John, King of England following the Norman invasion of Ireland. According to the 2016 census, the total population of County Dublin was 1,345,402; the county is a NUTS 3 region, is part of the NUTS 2 region of Eastern and Midland. There are four local authorities whose remit collectively encompasses the geographic area of the county and city of Dublin.
These are Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council and Fingal County Council. Prior to the enactment of the Local Government Act 1993, the county was a unified whole though it was administered by two local authorities – Dublin County Council and Dublin Corporation. Since the enactment of the Local Government Act 2001 in particular, the geographic area of the county has been divided between three entities at the level of "county" and a further entity at the level of "city", they rank as first level local administrative units of the NUTS 3 Dublin Region for Eurostat purposes. There are 34 LAU 1 entities in the Republic of Ireland; each local authority is responsible for certain local services such as sanitation and development, the collection of motor taxation, local roads and social housing. Dublin County Council was abolished in 1994 and the area divided among the administrative counties of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown and South Dublin each with its county seat.
To these areas may be added the area of Dublin city which collectively comprise the Dublin Region and come under the remit of the Dublin Regional Authority. The area lost its administrative county status in 1994, with Section 9 Part 1 of the Local Government Act, 1993 stating that "the county shall cease to exist." In discussing the legislation to dissolve Dublin County Council, Avril Doyle TD said, "The Bill before us today abolishes County Dublin, as one born and bred in these parts of Ireland I find it rather strange that we in this House are abolishing County Dublin. I am not sure whether Dubliners realise that, what we are about today, but in effect, the case."The county is part of the Dublin constituency for the purposes of European elections. For elections to Dáil Éireann, the area of the county is divided into eleven constituencies: Dublin Bay North, Dublin Bay South, Dublin Central, Dublin Fingal, Dublin Mid-West, Dublin North-West, Dublin Rathdown, Dublin South-Central, Dublin South-West, Dublin West, Dún Laoghaire.
Together they return 44 deputies to the Dáil. Despite the legal status of the Dublin Region, the term "County Dublin" is still in common usage. Many organisations and sporting teams continue to organise on a "County Dublin" or "Dublin Region" basis; the area known as "County Dublin" is now defined in legislation as the "Dublin Region" under the Local Government Act, 1991 Order, 1993, this is the terminology used by the four Dublin administrative councils in press releases concerning the former county area. The term Greater Dublin Area, which might consist of some or all of the Dublin Region along with counties of Kildare and Wicklow, has no legal standing; the Dublin Region is a NUTS Level III region of Ireland. The region is one of eight regions of the Republic of Ireland for the purposes of Eurostat statistics, its NUTS code is IE061. It is co-extensive with the old county; the regional capital is Dublin City, the national capital. The latest Ordnance Survey Ireland "Discovery Series" 1:50,000 map of the Dublin Region, Sheet 50, shows the boundaries of the city and three surrounding counties of the region.
Extremities of the Dublin Region, in the north and south of the region, appear in other sheets of the series, 43 and 56 respectively. Local radio stations include 98FM, FM104, 103.2 Dublin City FM, Q102, SPIN 1038, Sunshine 106.8, TXFM, Raidió Na Life and Radio Nova. Local newspapers include Northside People, Southside People and the Liffey Champion. Most of the area can receive the five main UK television channels as well as the main Irish channels, along with Sky TV and Virgin Media Ireland cable television. Road: The major roads are the N2, N3, N4 and N7 national primary roads, the M1, M11 and M50 motorways. Heavy rail: The InterCity and Commuter rail services. Light rail: The Luas tram system serving Dublin City and its southern and western suburbs. Rapid transit: The DART and the proposed Dublin Metro line. Port: Dublin Port and Dún Laoghaire Harbour. Air: Dublin International Airport; the economy of County Dublin was identified as being the powerhouse behind the Celtic Tiger, a period of strong economic growth of the state.
This resulted in the economy of the county expanding by 100% between the early 1990s and 2007. This growth resulted from incoming high-value industries, such as financial services and software manufacturing, as well as low-skilled retail and domestic services, w
Institute of Education (Dublin)
The Institute of Education was founded in 1969 by Irish school teacher, Raymond Kearns, is one of the largest private secondary schools in Ireland. Unlike most other Irish secondary schools, the Institute only provides tuition for the final two years of the Leaving Certificate and sixth year, as well as the optional fourth year; the student population stands at 250 for fifth year and 750 for sixth year. Being a Senior Cycle-only school, The Institute provides several programmes to Leaving Certificate students; those who wish to study full-time at the school are known as day students and pay standard yearly fees of €7,150. Students may attend the school's Friday evening and Saturday morning intense tuition course with fees based on the number of subjects taken. Intensive five-day revision courses are available during normal school holidays at Christmas, winter mid-term break, in May and August. Study skills seminars available in September. From 2009, the Institute launched Health Professions Admissions Test preparation courses.
The Institute is one of few secondary schools in Ireland, not funded at least in part by central government through the Department of Education. As a result, the school is not subject to inspections from the Department, is not obliged to follow a certain curriculum and may pay teachers as it wishes, rather than according to the public service wages paid to most teachers in the country; the school is owned by family. The school is located in a number of refurbished Georgian, terraced houses on Leeson Street in Dublin, it has three newer buildings at the back of the terraced houses. The Institute has a science laboratory, art room, home economics kitchen, computer laboratory, a specialised technical drawing classroom. There are two halls for supervised study. There is a students' canteen; the Institute is a grind school due to its focus on exam results. In 2005, it had the largest number of students sitting the Leaving Certificate of any school in Ireland; the Institute sent a higher percentage of its students to third level education than 90% of all other schools in Dublin.
The Institute of Education is Ireland's leading private tuition college, sending more students to university than any other school over the past few years. For instance, in 2007 the Institute was the No 1 provider of students to UCD, the Royal College of Surgeons, DCU and DIT. Students are accepted with all levels of ability; the Irish Independent in cooperation with the Institute of Education produce Exam Brief, a yearly six-part supplement dedicated to preparation for Leaving and Junior Certificate exams. This supplement is published in February and April each year; the Institute of Education is an official exam centre for Irish Leaving Certificate and BioMedical Admissions Test. Jedward - entertainers Evanna Lynch - actress Stephen Byrne - presenter Katy French - an Irish socialite, writer, television personality and charity worker Paul Murphy - Teachta Dála for Solidarity Official website
Lindsay Road National School
Lindsay Road National School is a primary school in Glasnevin, Ireland, opened in 1910. It is co-educational, as of 2016 had 6 teachers, including 4 mainstream classes; the Schools Patrons are representatives of the Presbyterian Church The school has merged with a number of Protestant faith schools over the years, such as the Methodist School on Clonliffe Road. The school is a feeder school for Mount Temple Comprehensive School. Official Website http://www.lrns.ie/ www.schooldays.ie
John Scottus School
John Scottus School comprises a primary and secondary school in Dublin, Ireland. The schools are named after John Scottus Eriugena, the Platonist philosopher and poet of Early Medieval Ireland; the school ethos is influenced by Platonic philosophy. The schools were founded in 1986 to provide education in philosophical principles, it is a sister school of the St James Independent School in the United Kingdom and is under the patronage of the John Scottus Educational Trust. The Schools’ curriculum teaches the standard primary curriculum with a strong focus on Philosophy; the Secondary School curriculum includes subjects such as Latin and Greek alongside the more traditional Leaving Certificate curriculum. The School offers bursaries and scholarships to Sixth Class students going into Secondary school that cover up to half the fees for the Junior Certificate cycle; the Primary School is based on Northumberland Road, while the secondary school operates Old Conna House, Rathmichael
Alexandra College is an independent day and boarding girls' school located in Milltown, Ireland. The school operates under a Church of Ireland ethos; the school was founded in 1866 and takes its name from Princess Alexandra of Denmark, the school's patron. The school colours and white, were adopted from the Danish flag in her honour. Alexandra College was founded by Anne Jellicoe, a Quaker educationist, in the name of furthering women's education. Under Anne Jellicoe, the school grew from a small establishment focused on providing a governess-style education to Irish Protestant ladies into a pioneering force for women's rights and education, providing an education to women equivalent to that available in boys' schools, with a grounding in mathematics, history and philosophy; as Alexandra settled into its role, Anne Jellicoe was convinced that a major obstacle to the liberal education of women was their exclusion from the university campus. She passionately believed that until women were admitted to Trinity College Dublin, the voice of women would not be heard in politics, literature or in academic debate.
The Royal University of Ireland Act 1879 allowed females to take university degrees on the same basis as males. Students were prepared for the examinations of the Royal University. Susan Parkes, co-author of Gladly Learn and Gladly Teach, a history of Alexandra College, is quoted as saying: "In the late 1800s, lecturers from Trinity College Dublin provided tuition for ladies on the Alexandra campus, and the first women to receive degrees in Ireland or Britain were Alex pupils — six of them studied at Dublin's Royal University from 1891 and at Trinity College Dublin, once it opened its doors to women in 1903."The school was situated in the historic Earlsfort Terrace, across from what is now the National Concert Hall. By 1879, a new hall and theatre were constructed alongside. Over time, the school acquired several more houses and by 1889 a new building by William Kaye-Parry was constructed next door to the college as Alexandra School; the school moved out to its sports grounds in the 1960s. The original buildings were subsequently demolished and the site remained vacant for over two decades.
The Conrad Hotel and office buildings were erected on the site. The Irish Ladies Hockey Union was established following a meeting at Alexandra College. On 2 March 1896 the college hosted the first women's international field hockey match when Ireland defeated England 2–0; the patriot and leading figure in the Easter 1916 uprising Patrick Pearse was once employed as an Irish language teacher. Alexandra College is under Church of Ireland management, the Archbishop of Dublin acts as chairman of the school council; the students are addressed weekly by a female minister, a school assembly is held daily at which Church of Ireland hymns are sung and which finish with the extended version of The Lord's Prayer. The attendance fees for the primary school are in fact higher than the secondary school due to the high number of teachers of specialized subjects for students with learning disabilities which are not subsidized by the government on the payroll; the preparatory department classes wear a red tracksuit, which the older classes wear only for sports, wearing the brown uniform of the secondary school for normal classes along with a red tie.
The majority of Junior School pupils go on to study at the Senior School. A wide range of subjects is available to study; the school crest reflects this, featuring a cross with a book, a ball, a lyre and a palette in its corners. The school was benefited in 2004 with the opening of the Milltown Luas stop at the back gate of the college. In the senior school, 1st-4th years wear the traditional brown uniform. 5th and 6th year students do not wear the school uniform. For one day in 6th year the girls put back on their brown uniforms, this is for the summer funday which has become a tradition in the school as fundays are'non-uniform' days with themes; this day is just before graduation. There is a Halloween fun day; each year gets a different theme for the funday. The teacher dress up; the school had a great interest in sports. The most popular being hockey. Students have to take part in one sport in winter hockey, football or basketball and in summer cricket, tennis or athletes; the school was ranked seventh in Ireland in terms of the number of students who progressed to third level and by the types of institutions to which the students progressed.
Undertaking charitable initiatives has always been a feature of school activities in Alexandra College. In the spring of 2005 a group of teachers decided to support the work of the Irish Nepalese Educational Trust, in trying to build a new primary school in Phuleli, a remote village in Nepal just 50 km south of Mount Everest. At Easter 2006 a group of teachers from Alex travelled to Nepal and visited Phuleli and were present at the foundation stone laying ceremony at the site of the new school; as one villager said: “We must educate our children: education is wealth.” The prestigious Children of Ireland award was last year awarded by the president Mary McAleese to five Alex students who went to work in Calcutta to work with the Hope foundation charity. The school devotes up to five full days per school year to raising money for a range of charities decided by the student body. These'Charity Fun Days' are student-run and successful, raising up to €4000 per day; these days are run by the Sixth Years and have themes to
Ronan Patrick John Keating is an Irish recording artist, singer/songwriter and philanthropist. He debuted in 1994 alongside Keith Duffy, Michael Graham, Shane Lynch, Stephen Gately, as the co-lead singer of Irish group Boyzone, his solo career has recorded nine albums. He gained worldwide attention when his single "When You Say Nothing at All" was featured in the film Notting Hill and peaked at number one in several countries; as a solo artist, he has sold over 20 million records worldwide alongside the 25 million records with Boyzone, in Australia, he is best known as a judge on "All Together Now" & The X Factor from 2010 until 2014 and a coach on The Voice in 2016. Keating is active in charity work and has been a charity campaigner for the Marie Keating Foundation, which raises awareness for breast cancer and is named after his mother who died from the disease in 1998. Ronan Keating was born on 3 March 1977, the youngest of five children, he grew up in County Meath. His father, Gerry Keating, was a lorry driver.
He has one sister: Linda, three brothers: Ciarán, Gerard and Gary. He was a track and field athlete and represented Ireland in several tournaments, winning the All Ireland under-13 200m title. Keating auditioned for Stars in Their Eyes. In 1993, the 16-year-old Ronan Keating was the youngest member to join Boyzone. Keating, Keith Duffy, Richard Rock, Shane Lynch, Mark Walton and Stephen Gately were chosen as Boyzone members. Walton and Rock would leave the group before being replaced by Michael Graham; the group performed in various clubs and pubs before being signed by Polygram in 1994 and released a cover version of "Working My Way Back to You" by The Four Seasons. The group released a cover version of "Love Me for a Reason" which would peak on several charts. In 1998, his mother died at the age of 51 from breast cancer, resulting in the establishment of the Marie Keating Foundation. At the age of 21 years, Keating married Yvonne Connolly in April 1998 and together, the couple have three children: Jack and Ali.
The couple are now divorced. From 1994 to 1999, Boyzone released 17 singles, 3 studio albums and 1 compilation album before disbanding in 2000 selling 27 million records and 3 million records from 4 singles, 1 compilation and studio album since their reformation. In 1999, while still a member of Boyzone, Keating recorded a version of "When You Say Nothing at All" for the motion picture Notting Hill; the single peaked at number one in the UK charts. Keating released his debut solo album, titled Ronan, in 2000, which peaked at number one in the UK Albums Chart; the album was given several negative reviews, although it sold over 750,000 copies and became one of the top selling albums of the year in the United Kingdom. It debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, has been certified four-times platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of 1.2 million copies. In the singer's native Ireland, the album debuted at number two; the album became a commercial success in other European countries, where it charted within the top ten of eight countries.
In 2001, Ronan was certified two-times platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for shipments of two million copies inside Europe. The album produced four UK and Irish top-ten singles: "When You Say Nothing at All", "Life Is a Rollercoaster", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Lovin' Each Day", the latter of, featured on the re-release edition of the album, on Keating's second album, Destination; the song "Lovin each day" is from a movie "Summer catch". After the successful debut album Ronan Keating continued on with his solo career and has since released four more studio albums: Destination, Turn It On, 10 Years of Hits and Bring You Home, four of which peaked at number one in the UK Albums Chart. Keating collaborated with several major stars, including Elton John, Lulu, LeAnn Rimes and the Bee Gees, for these albums. Keating and Paul Brady co-wrote the 2001 hit single "The Long Goodbye", one of Keating's most loved hits amongst fans and a huge hit for Brooks & Dunn in the United States.
Keating and Brady won the "BMI European song-writing award" for the single. In 2003, Keating was named Rear of the Year – an award given to celebrities with a notable posterior. In October 2007, Keating was listed in the Guinness Book of Records for being the only artist to have 30 consecutive top 10 singles in the UK chart, beating the likes of Elvis Presley. Keating embarked on two world tours, won the Ivor Novello and BMI songwriting awards, released an autobiography, had a role as ambassador for Christian Aid and had sales in excess of 22 million albums worldwide. In 2007 he released two fragrances, the range consists of a female fragrance,'Hope By Ronan', based upon musk and amber scents and a male scent. All proceeds go to the Marie Keating foundation. Keating performed at the 2006 FIFA World Cup opening party at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, in front of an audience of nearly 250,000 people, posed nude for Cosmopolitan magazine's 10 Years of Naked Centrefolds. On 9 May 2007, Keating became the first international number-one selling foreign artist to perform a concert in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Keating performed at the Olympic Stadium Indoor Arena. Keating has dueted with Elton John at Madison Garden in New York and has sung for the Pope twice and performed for Prin
Coláiste Phádraig (Lucan)
Coláiste Phádraig is a Christian Brothers secondary school for boys in Lucan, County Dublin, Ireland. It is located in an estate called Roselawn with a large campus that includes three basketball courts, two football pitches, a large school building and a modern sports hall which includes a school gym. Coláiste Phádraig is part of the Edmund Rice Trust schools; the school opened in September 1969, in its infancy was composed of two teachers and forty-five students. Initial lessons were taught in just one prefab. During the 1970s, in order to accommodate the increasing student population, more prefabs were added, until a new school building was commissioned opening in 1978. Further growth and development occurred, resulting in an increase in the staff size of the school to thirty by the turn of the decade. However, with a spiking population in Lucan, the existing school building was no longer of a sufficient size, thus a large extension was built in 2004 to expand the footprint of the school; the extension contained computer and science labs and a careers library in addition to new metalwork and woodwork rooms and a gym were added.
As of 2015, 52 teachers are situated in the school, attended by over 725 students. Anthony Brady is the current principal. A memorial garden, in addition to a student award, has been erected in the school for Mark O'Neill, a student who died while attending the school. Johnny McCaffery - ex-captain of the Dublin hurling team. Derek McGrath - ex-footballer with Brighton & Hove Albion F. C. Bryan McMahon - drummer with Future Kings of Spain Darragh Markey - footballer with St. Patrick's Athletic, winner of Centenary Shield with Ireland; the school operates a series of extra curricular activities. The school takes part in the BT Young Scientist competition, has produced multiple award winners at the exhibition. In 2012, the school's first year soccer team won the Leinster Cup, a schools tournament organised by the FAI; this was followed by similar successes in 2016. The school introduced rugby, cricket and Ultimate Frisbee teams, as well as a debating squad, who compete in contests such as the Schools Competition, organised by Oxford Union.
Furthermore, the school organises a 5-a-side tournament for charity, named in honour of Mark O'Neill. In 2016, the school became All-Ireland Champions at the'A' Grade in U16 Basketball following a meteoric rise in the sport; the school is renowned for its participation in many Irish-Language competitions such as Feachtas Tráth na gCéist, which it has won thrice and many Irish debating competitions. Due to these victories, Coláiste Phadráig CBS is considered as one of the best non-Gaelscoil schools in teaching and promoting Gaeilge as a language; the school supports Seachtain na Gaeilge every year. The school has many modern facilities; these include five laboratories, two computer rooms, two metalwork and woodwork rooms, a language room, a large canteen and a study hall where all state examinations take place. Outside, there are junior and senior yards, a soccer pitch, a Gaelic football and hurling pitch a car park for patrons of the school and two basketball courts. Soccer goals are placed in the yards.
There is a big sports hall situated beside the school building. It contains facilities for tennis, hockey and basketball to be played, it contains a modern gymnasium, used by students and teachers alike. The school, equipped with multiple computer rooms, was selected as a trial school for the teaching of computer science as a Leaving Certificate subject. Official website Past Pupils of Coláiste Phádraig website