Catherine McAuley Lecture

St Leo's College, Carlow hosted the fourth annual Catherine McAuley lecture recently.

The lecture was presented by past-pupil Mary Doyle Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education and Skills.

Mary began her lecture with a series of photographs from her school days in St Catherine's NS and later as a student in St Leo's College, Carlow. 

Mary was delighted that a number of her school friends were in the audience to share these memories. 

Having taken a stroll down memory lane, Mary then introduced the theme at her lecture namely "Continuity and change in Irish Education". 

She delivered an impressive analysis of the rate of participation of young Irish girls in education since 1933. She paid a wonderful homage to the women in her own family background and their experiences with education. She also thanked her husband Matt, who was in the audience, for his unwavering support throughout her career.

There was a large presence of staff, students and members of the Mercy community for the lecture.

Mary was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a piece of jewellery depicting key events in her life by school Principal, Clare Ryan.

Pictured above Mary Doyle, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education and Skills and past pupil of St Leo's College, Carlow with Principal, Clare Ryan.