Lack School - 1863 to 1975

A History of the School and its Pupils
by James Hehir

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11. Employment in the Public Service

(a) The Civil Service

The civil service was the best source of employment for those who received further education. Lack school has a good record with 31 past-pupils obtaining employment in the Public Service from the late 1940s up to the late 1960s. The education was obtained mainly in one of the secondary schools in Ennis or the Convent of Mercy, Templemore, County Tipperary that specialized in preparing girls for the civil service examination. The employment was exclusively in the Dublin area.

First to sit the Leaving Certificate Exam:

Vera Gavin

Vera Gavin

Vera Gavin from Ardnagla holds the distinction of being the first pupil from Lack school to sit the Leaving Certificate examination. Vera registered at Lack school in 1931.
She obtained her secondary education at Colaiste Mhuire, Ennis and entered the civil service in 1946. She was assigned to the Department of the Taoiseach. Having worked there for 13 years she resigned on her marriage to Michael Bermingham in 1959 and moved to Doonbeg, County Clare.

James Hehir

James Hehir

James Hehir from Lack was educated at Lack school (registered in 1951), Ennis C.B.S. and University College Dublin where he graduated with a Diploma in Public Administration and B. Comm degree. He entered the civil service in 1964 as an executive officer and was assigned to the Department of Local Government. He held the position of Managing Director of the Housing Finance Agency plc for the period 1984 to 2006. The Agency is a major supplier of loan finance to local authorities for social and affordable housing including ancillary infrastructure.

First Equality Officer

Marie Clohessy

Marie Clohessy

Marie Clohessy from Ardnagla holds the distinction of being the first person in the history of the state to hold the position of Equality Officer. Marie registered at Lack school in 1952. She obtained a county council scholarship to assist in meeting the cost of her secondary education which she obtained at Colaiste Mhuire, Ennis. She entered the civil service in 1966 as an Executive Officer and was assigned to the Department of Labour.
On the passing of the Equality and Equal Pay Acts by the Oireachtas, Marie was appointed one of the first Equality Officers with the responsibility of implementing this new legislation.
She resigned from the position in 1980 to attend to the rearing of her children.

The following is a list of all the pupils from Lack school who obtained employment in the Public Service:

Year of RegistrationNameAddressPublic Service Employer
1910John CollinsBurrenDepartment of Justice (garda)
1931Vera GavinArdnaglaDepartment of an Taoiseach
1933Sheila HehirGlencananeDepartment of Post and Telegraphs
1938Nancy HehirGlencananeDepartment of Finance
1940Mary KingTonlegeeDepartment of Foreign Affairs
1942Peggy MurphyLackDepartment of Agriculture
1944Sean MurphyLackClare County Council
1946Bridie KingTonlegeeDepartment of Post and Telegraphs
1946Margaret McNamaraLeimnalehaClare County Council
1951James HehirLackDepartment of Local Government
1951P J. HehirLackEastern Health Board
1951Mary McCarthyLisnafahaCustoms and Excise
1952Anne GarryClonfurishDublin Corporation
1952Marie ClohessyArdnaglaDepartment of Labour
1953Brid McCarthyLisnafahaDepartment of Social Welfare
1953Betty MoloneyGlencananeDepartment of Justice
1953Patrick ClohessyArdnaglaE.S.B.
1956Claire HehirLackDepartment of Foreign Affairs
1956Eileen GarryClonfurishDepartment of P. and Telegraphs
1958Thomas McGuaneBirrinfadaDepartment of P. and Telegraphs
1958Kitty GarryClonfurishMid Western Health Board
1960Mary McMahonCraheraRevenue Commissioners
1961Mary CusackGlencananeDepartment of Foreign Affairs
1961Paul CusackGlencananeClare County Council
1962Rita O'DeaCraheraDepartment of Social Welfare
1964John ConveyLeimnalehaDepartment of Justice (garda)
1964Kathleen GavinArdnaglaDepartment of Justice
1964Teresa GavinArdnaglaRevenue Commissioners
1965Mary ConveyLeimnalehaRevenue Commissioners
1966Teresa FrawleyTonlegeeDepartment of Agriculture
1970Brid O'DeaCraheraDepartment of the Marine