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INTO 150


Events to Mark INTO 150 in 2018

Invitation to Branches/Districts to augment this list

In 1868 – 150 years ago this year – a number of pre-existing local Teacher Associations came together to form the INTO. The Organisation has since grown to become Ireland’s largest, longest-established and only all-island teachers’ union.

To commemorate “INTO 150” a range of events have been organised. While a number of others are in the pipeline, those agreed to date include:

  • Book Launch
    December 2017: Publication and Launch of “Kindling the Flame: 150 Years of the INTO”. A copy of this history of the INTO, researched and written by professional historian Niamh Puirséil, is being sent to each school (North and South) where there are INTO members, early in 2018.
  • Scholarship
    INTO /DCU PhD Scholarship at the Institute of Education Dublin City University. This three year fully funded PHD Scholarship will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to undertake a research project in consultation with DCU and the INTO. The application deadline has now passed.
    Following a selection process, the successful candidate will be announced at INTO Congress 2018.
  • Catherine Mahon Lecture
    Talk on Catherine Mahon-first female president of INTO on Thursday 8th February at 8p.m. Club na Múinteoirí, 36 Parnell Square. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
  • Bursaries
    INTO Education Research Bursaries are being increased for the “INTO 150” year to have five bursaries worth €3,000 each. The application process will be open in April with a closing date of 28 September, and winners to be announced at the Education Conference in November 2018.
  • Commemorative Stamp
    An Post’s Stamp Programme for 2018, approved by government, includes a stamp to mark “INTO 150”, to be available from 22 March.
  • Annual Congress
    April 2 – 4 2018: INTO Annual Congress Killarney: Special events to mark INTO 150.
  • Ballymena Branch Celebration Dinnernnual Congress
    Drinks reception at 6:30pm followed by a 4-course dinner. Adair Arms Hotel on friday, 23 March 2018. Click here to see inviation flyer.
  • Cycle
  • “INTO 150” Cycle over 150 kilometres (Skibbereen to Glengarriff along the Wild Atlantic Way route) on Saturday 21 April 2018, with proceeds to Focus Ireland. Click here for details. A call for participants will be included in the January/February edition of InTouch. Please email for more information.
  • Commemorative Journal
    April 2018: copy of the first issue of the “Irish Teachers’ Journal” (1868) to delegates to INTO Congress. This publication will be available via the INTO website after Easter Congress 2018.
  • Vere Foster
    Refurbishment of Vere Foster (first INTO President) grave in Belfast (now completed by INTO District 1) and request to Belfast City Council to officially commemorate INTO’s first President.
  • Early Childhood
    14 June 2018: Joint Seminar on Early Childhood Education (with Early Childhood Ireland) to take place in the Clock Tower at the Department of Education and Skills, Dublin.
  • Video
    Video being prepared to present the INTO story in summary form.
  • Exhibition
    Story boards being prepared for portable exhibition on INTO history.
  • Other Proposals – Invitation
    INTO’s National Committees (Education, Equality and Principals/Deputy Principals) as well as INTO Districts and Branches are invited to propose/organise events to augment the above list. A number of other commemorative actions are also planned by INTO centrally and these will be added to the above as the year goes on.

All proposed events should be notified to