On Thursday 6th of October St. Kilian’s Deutsche Schule Dublin marked the 70th Anniversary with a reception joined by esteemed guests, past pupils among them some of the original Shamrock Children who were the first children to attend the then fledging German School, colleagues present and past, representative of parents and friends. Also in attendance were the Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion, Ms Josepha Madigan, the German Ambassador H.E. Cord Meier-Klodt, the French Ambassador H.E. Vincent Guérend and the Austrian Ambassador H.E Dr Thomas Nader accompanied by the Cultural Counsellor Madame Mariam Diallo and the Cultural Attaché Mr Robert Henneberg. It was a wonderful and an enjoyable evening of speeches, music and refreshments. As always on such occasions our students did the school proud. Our Primary School choir and Junior Orff students made a lovely musical contribution about peace under the direction of Frau Thielemans, Dylan McGowan and Thomas O’Grady from 12th Class delighted us with pieces from Hayden, Beethoven and Kreisler. Students also helped with organising and looking after the guests. We also got to enjoy a wonderful song especially written and performed by Frau Barbara Davitt-Lange, a former teacher and in the best of Irish traditions, the evening ended with some ceol agus caint. Thanks to all the students who acted as ambassadors for the school on the night and to everyone who attended the 70th Anniversary celebration and has helped making this evening special. Happy Birthday St. Kilian’s!
In 1952 our school was set up initially as a Sunday school, offering German classes to children who came to Ireland as part of the Operation Shamrock Initiative, escaping post-war Germany. Operation Shamrock was a relief operation organised by the Irish Red Cross in which they transported almost 500 children from Germany to Ireland in the aftermath of World War 2. These languages courses were organised by the Irish-German Society at 44 Leeson Park and were the beginnings of St. Killian’s Deutsche Schule Dublin. Now seventy years later St. Kilian’s occupies a unique place on the Irish educational landscape – representing a special partnership between the Irish and German educational systems and cultures.
St Kilian’s Deutsche Schule Dublin is also a school of encounter. The establishment of the Eurocampus in 2001, when the Secondary School of the Lycée Français International Samuel Beckett (LFI) relocated to the St. Kilian’s Clonskeagh campus. The Eurocampus is an exciting and innovative educational project in Ireland, providing a true European style education for Dublin. Students learn together and play together, forging friendships and developing an in‐depth understanding of each other’s language and culture.