Tuesday November 24, 2020

This Life: Old school, new outlook

The headmaster of Ireland's last remaining paid boarding school for primary-level children is aiming to secure its future, writes Catherine Murphy.

22nd December, 2013
Dermot Dix, headmaster of Headfort: I'm a bit like Headfort myself; I look traditional but I'm not really'.

The moment you enter Headfort, you're struck by the Harry Potter comparisons. From dark, brooding corridors to no-frill dorms and a secret door in the headmaster's study, it's pure Hogwarts. It's a place that any child or adult would enjoy exploring.

Set in a 1,000-acre estate outside Kells in Co Meath, the school is Ireland's only remaining fee-paying boarding school for primary-level children. The building itself, a Georgian mansion designed by George Semple in the...

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