The Teachers’ Club

An insight into the role and history of the Dublin Teachers’ Club Dublin boasts the world’s oldest and prettiest teachers’ club. First opened within a couple of years of the founding of the independent Irish State, the club’s constitution requires at least 66% of its members to be primary school teachers. Apart from meeting the social and drinking needs of its membership, the club has been a focus of modernising teaching practice in Ireland. It was a meeting (and plotting) location during the Irish teachers strikes in the 1940s and 1980s and was the birthplace of a new political party that held power as part of a coalition. Its members are amazed that their British counterparts have never founded a comparable club and reveal what fun they are missing.

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