Sgoil Éanna: St. Enda’s College, Rathfarnham. Prospectus

Author: Patrick H. Pearse

Book ID: 63333

Price: 95.00

Author: Patrick H. Pearse

Sgoil Éanna: St. Enda’s College, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin . Prospectus. Published by Kingston Ltd, 19 Nassau St, Dublin. [circa 1930]. Pp 16. Blue wrappers lettered in black with Celtic design and shield in white. A few minor marks to wrappers, rust marks to centre (from staples, no longer present), otherwise a fine bright copy.

Contains an introduction in Irish ‘Bun-Chlar An Phiarsaigh’ by Patrick Pearse, ‘Course of Studies,’ list of fees & outfits for boarders and an overall view of the ethos of the school by ‘The Principal.’ Illustrated with 7 plates.

Through his work for the Gaelic League Pearse became convinced that the key to reviving the Irish language was education. For this purpose, he set up his own school, St. Enda’s, in Cullenswood House, Ranelagh in 1908 (later moving the the Hermitage in Rathfarnham). St. Enda’s was to have an Irish standpoint and atmosphere and be based on what he saw as the two key characteristics of the ancient Irish system of education: freedom for the individual student and inspirational teaching. The school closed after the 1916 Rising but reopened later that year. However without the vision of its founder St Enda’s did not thrive and it finally closed in 1935.

“The main objective in education is to help the child to be his own true  and best self. What the teacher should bring to his pupil is not a set of readymade opinions, or a stock of cut-and-dried information, but an inspiration and an example” [Patrick Pearse, The Murder Machine, 1916]

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