Carlow Vocational School

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Carlow Vocational School
Scoil Naomh Odhran
Carlow Vocational School - Entrance.jpg

Coordinates52°49′40″N 6°56′09″W / 52.8277°N 6.9358°W / 52.8277; -6.9358Coordinates: 52°49′40″N 6°56′09″W / 52.8277°N 6.9358°W / 52.8277; -6.9358
Staff75 full time, 25 part time
Years offered1st-6th
Number of students1100[citation needed]
Colour(s)   Yellow and Red

Carlow Vocational School was a second-level educational establishment in Carlow, Ireland. The school closed in May 2017, with students transferring to Tyndall College, Carlow.[1][2]


The school could trace its origins to the nineteenth century when classes commenced at various locations in the town under the Technical Instruction Act of 1898.[citation needed] Some years later, in 1918, the playwright George Bernard Shaw donated the Assembly Rooms to the people of Carlow for the promotion of technical education. Classes were centralised in these Assembly Rooms on Dublin Street from 1923 onwards.[citation needed]

It was formally established under the Vocational Education Act of 1930[3] and continued to be located in the Assembly Rooms. The remodelled and refurbished school premises in Dublin Street was opened on 26 January 1936 by the Minister of Education Mr. Tom Derrig T.D.. By the 1960s the school was spread over eight different locations and was providing both a second level educational programme preparing students for the Day Vocational Certificate, the Intermediate Certificate and Leaving Certificate examinations and also education and training for apprentices and technicians.

In 1968, the Department of Education gave sanction for the erection of two purpose built structures on the Kilkenny Road to cater for the expanding vocational school population. One building, opened in 1970, was called Carlow Regional Technical College which later became the Institute of Technology, Carlow. This was assigned for the education and training of apprentices and technicians. In 1972 the second building, designed to accommodate 450 second level students, opened and was called Carlow Vocational School.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "CarlowVS". Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Tyndall College Annual Report 2017-2018". Retrieved 28 December 2019. Tyndall College opened in August 2017 [..following..] the closure of Carlow Vocational School and the Separation of Carlow VS and Carlow Institute of Further Education
  3. ^ "Vocational Education Act, 1930". Irish Statute Book. Ireland: Office of the Attorney General. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
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