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Cork City Council host Civic Reception for A.S.T.I.



The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Brian Bermingham and Cork City Council hosted a Civic Reception in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on Friday, 23rd January 2009 for the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (A.S.T.I.)  to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its establishment.


In his address the Lord Mayor paid tribute to the organisation for it contribution to the educational system in Ireland and made particular mention of the organisation’s Cork connections.


“If Primary School teachers are the first point of contact in the educational system, then their colleagues in the Secondary School system are entrusted with carrying that enthusiasm and love of learning to its natural conclusion by fostering and nurturing a child’s innate curiosity in a more focused way towards life and career choices .


The A.S.T.I. is no stranger to Cork of course, having held its first meeting in 1909 in the then School of Commerce (now College of Commerce) in Morrison’s Island.”


Pat Hurley, A.S.T.I. President, in response thanked the Lord Mayor for the honour bestowed on the organisation and again made reference to the importance of Cork to the organisation.


“The A.S.T.I. has a rich history in representing the teaching profession and in promoting second-level education in Ireland. As we celebrate our 100th year, it is an honour for me and my ASTI colleagues to be received by the Lord Mayor of Cork in the county where it all began. The founder members of the ASTI and the first ASTI President were teachers living and teaching in Cork.


As teachers we are committed not only to the pupils we teach and the schools we work in, but to the communities we serve. This commitment remains steadfast through good times and through difficult times. We are delighted to celebrate this commitment tonight with our colleagues from Cork City Council.”


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