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In 1828 Dick's Charity School joined The Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor of Ireland.

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What was the Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in Ireland?

Nowadays the Irish Government,

The First Dail

The first Dail, as it met in Dublin 1919. Included in the photograph are Michael Collins, Arthur Griffith, Eamon de Valera, W.T. Cosgrave and Richard Mulcahy.

Courtesy of Hugh Oram.

  through the Department of Education, uses the money it gets from collecting taxes to pay teachers their salaries and to build schools. In the past, schools were funded by wealthy members of the community such as Samuel Dick and William Sweetman, or by fees paid by pupils or by voluntary societies.

One voluntary society that existed in Ireland in the 19th century was The Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in Ireland. It was founded in 1811 and it was also known as the Kildare Place Society, because its offices and model schools were located in Kildare Place, Dublin. They gave grants to help build schools and pay teachers across Ireland. The Society also produced textbooks and teaching manuals for its schools. Kildare Place Society had inspectors who regularly investigated teaching conditions in its schools. It also had a teacher training college.

This picture is of the main offices of The Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in Ireland, in 1825. Schools that joined the Kildare Place Society had to follow the society's rules. One of these rules was that schools were to be non-denominational, which meant that they were not to teach about a particular religion. Instead, the Bible was to be read in schools 'without note or comment'.

What did the British Government do?

In 1815 the British government,

George III King of Great Britain 1760-1820.

George III was king of the British government, which controlled Ireland at that time of the Kildare Place Society finding.

Courtesy of www.wmcarey.edu

  which controlled Ireland at that time, decided to help Kildare Place Society continue its voluntary work by giving it some government funding. The government continued to help fund Kildare Place Society until 1831.

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