Personal Stories

We asked some people to share about their experiences with religious divestment issues with Schools in Ireland. You can read them below.

We need divestments of Catholic schools urgently

December 19, 2023

Making a human rights decision I am a mother of four and a Primary School Teacher teaching in a Catholic Primary School setting. I have been open to my family, friends and colleagues in my beliefs and practices since I was a young adult. I was brought up as a practising Catholic and like so many of my generation am no longer. I feel very strongly that the ways of the church are not how I want to live my life. I am now raising my children as non-religious. However, making this decision has led to a series of very difficult […]

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I cannot get a job teaching in Ireland without a certificate in Catholic religious education

December 19, 2023

I trained as a teacher 14 years ago in the UK. I chose to train in the UK for the chance to live abroad and I’m so glad I did; my training was inspiring and challenging.  I worked there for five years, employed both full-time and as a substitute teacher in religious and non-religious schools across Bristol.  I returned in 2013 and soon after got a job in an Educate Together in Dublin city centre. I spent six years there and I loved its ethos and core values, its celebration of children, play, music and different cultures and faiths.  For the […]

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Journey while opting out at school – Eileen Kelly McCarthy

July 31, 2023

My family have experienced a protracted and obfuscated journey while opting out at school. The only option for mainstream schooling was the local national school which is under religious ethos. My eldest child found the shift to a religious environment jarring, particularly the concepts of hell and sin which had been previously unknown to him. Being deemed different can be hard at any age but particularly so in childhood. Every day I have a genuine fear that my children will come home having been made to “feel” different because of religion, where I will have to help them understand that they […]

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Divestment programme in Raheny – Chris Joyce

July 31, 2023

Chris, a parent, shared her experience on the divestment programme in Raheny and the misinformation she encountered. Chris received the Facilitator’s Preliminary Report to the School Patron by Don Mahon, and among other information, it stated that a multi-denominational school is located only 1.5 miles away, and that that school was not fully subscribed. This information was incorrect, so Chris challenged it in writing. She inquired directly by contacting the admissions office for both North Bay Educate Together and Killester-Raheny-Clontarf Educate together, the only multi-denominational primary school options in the Killester-Raheny-Clontarf School Planning Area (KCRSPA). She was told that there was […]

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