Oral History of Development Education in Ireland

During 2021 and 2022 I had the honour of interviewing, on radio, people who have been involved in the field of Development Education in Ireland from the 1960s to the present day.   Together, the series of interviews, in eight one hour shows, provides a contribution towards an oral history of Development Education in Ireland, from the 1960s to the present day.  There are many more amazing people and organisations we could have interviewed for this series and I am happy to hear from you (gccontactpoint@gmail.com) if you would like to be included at some stage in the future.

Programme 1:  1960s onwards.
Enid Chaloner, Colm Regan and June Barry

Programme 2: 1970s and 1980s onwards.
Mary Mangan, Tony Daly and Eilish Dillon

Programme 3:  70s and 80s 90s onwards.
Peadar Kirby, Adrienne Boyle, and Patsy Toland

Programme 4:  1990s and 2000s.
Robin Hanan, Mariam Olusoji and Stephen McCloskey

Programme 5: 2000s to today.
George Jacob, Dorothy Jacob and Patsy Toland

Programme 6: Recent times.
Laura Power, Eric Ehigie and Dr Su Ming Khoo

Programme 7:
Vicky Donnelly, John Barimo, Valery Molday.

Programme 8: Development Education today and into the future.
Aine Dooley, Heather Campbell and John Smith

Thanks to all our contributors who have very generously given their time and reflections on the history of DE in Ireland. We are very grateful to you all.  I have been inspired by these incredible people who form a community of practitioners in Ireland from many sectors and who have acted over decades to ensure a better future for us all.  It has been a great pleasure to walk in their shoes and I hope you know that his series has also been to recognise the immense contribution this sector has made to our local and global societies.

Recording oral histories of different slices of our past is important and I hope that collectively we have made some contribution to ensuring that our voices and experiences are preserved for future generation

I’m grateful to the board, manager (Yvonne Smith) and staff of Community Radio Youghal for facilitating this project. I acknowledge the contribution of Paul Daly and Tom O Keeffe for their work in editing the shows and facilitating the technical aspects of the productions.

I also acknowledge the contribution of Trócaire’s Development Education funding grant.

A definition of Development Education can be found here:  http://bitly.ws/JRm8