Newman and the origins of the National University
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This chapter examines the educational ideals of John Henry Newman in relation to the humanities model that was later put in place by the Irish Universities Act of 1908. Newman is regarded today as the “founder” of Ireland’s largest university, UCD, however the later college of the National College departed quite radically from the programme for education that Newman described at the founding of the Catholic University in 1854. This chapter also examines reaction to the 1908 Act and Padraig Pearse’s ideas on university education.

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