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  • Northside East

Temple Street stories are being sought for new project

Friday, 5th January, 2018 6:00pm
Temple Street stories are being sought for new project

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Temple Street stories are being sought for new project

3 New Temple Street teaching.jpg

TEMPLE Street Children's Hospital is searching for stories from patients who attended school there through the decades.

As part of an exciting new research project, the hospital is appealing to members of the public to come forward with stories of what it was like to attend school at the hospital during times gone by.

“Education is an often overlooked aspect of a child’s experience in hospital,” says Temple Street historian, Dr Barry Kennerk (41).  

“Prior to the opening of our new children’s hospital, we would like to ensure 

that the story of our past patients has been fully recorded.” 

This research builds on the success of Kennerk’s illustrated history in 2014. Of particular interest are recollections of the hospital school prior to the 1970s although those with a 

more recent connection 

are also invited to get in touch.  

The hospital started life in Buckingham Street in 1872, and moved to Temple Street in 1879 under the care of the Irish Sisters of Charity. Since then, it has helped hundreds of thousands of children.  During the 1950s, daily education was provided at a convalescent centre at St Anthony’s Hospital, Herbert Avenue.

In 1968, however, one of the teachers at St Anthony’s transferred to Temple Street.  

“Today, work at our school is divided into two main areas: classroom and ward teaching. In fact, all students who are of school-going age are invited to join classes during the day,” adds Kenerk.   

The school caters for primary school children as well as older students who are preparing for State examinations.

If you have any memories of attending school at Temple Street as a child, you are welcome to email: barry.kennerk@cuh.ie.  

All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence and names will remain anonymous in the published work unless the researcher is granted permission to print them.

 

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