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Bastions of single-sex education feel the winds of change

Julia Molony


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From left, Brian Moore, principal of Rathdown senior school, Caleb Mason, Dylan Fitzmaurice Brady and Dermot Dix, principal of Rathdown junior school

From left, Brian Moore, principal of Rathdown senior school, Caleb Mason, Dylan Fitzmaurice Brady and Dermot Dix, principal of Rathdown junior school

From left, Brian Moore, principal of Rathdown senior school, Caleb Mason, Dylan Fitzmaurice Brady and Dermot Dix, principal of Rathdown junior school

Where Rathdown has gone, the rest will likely follow. The elite secondary school in Glenageary, South County Dublin — until recently a proud girls-only establishment — has done a sharp about-turn. As of September, it will admit boys.

Given that Ireland remains the European capital of single-sex education (matched, we are often reminded, only by Malta and Islamic countries in terms of the prevalence of sex-segregated education), the move passed with surprisingly little dissent.


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