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Voices from the old schoolyard’

From humble beginnings serving Dublin’s poorest children, Synge Street CBS has risen to produce some of Ireland’s best. Now a new book celebrates its150 years and the transformative power of a good education . Words: Fiona Ness

16th April, 2015
Michael Minnock, principal, Synge Street

Those who think that philanthropy in Ireland is dead and gone should consider, for a moment, Synge Street CBS. Last year, the south inner city Dublin Deis school financially supported upwards of 80 pupils to go on to third-level education, thanks to a bequest from one of its more well-known past pupils, builder Con Creedon.

Upon his death, Creedon bequeathed to the school €1 million. The fund, which began by supporting three children in 2006, has...

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