Brian Fleming is a retired teacher. He served for twenty-five years as Principal of Collinstown Park Community College, a VEC school which is located in the disadvantaged area of North Clondalkin. He was also the Founder Director of the Clondalkin Higher Education Access Project, 1996–2009. He also served on a wide range of educational bodies at local and national level at various stages of his career.
Following retirement in 2009 he has been involved in a number of projects on a philanthropic basis. In addition, between 2010 and 2013 he completed a course of post-graduate study at the School of Education in UCD. The focus of his dissertation was educational disadvantage. Over the years Brian has contributed articles to the national newspapers, and other publications. In the main these addressed aspects of our educational system and how it responds to the needs of economically deprived children and young people.
Brian’s publications include, Young People, living in a severely disadvantaged area, and their experiences of third level education (with Olive Kennedy, 1999), The Vatican Pimpernel: the wartime exploits of Monsignor Hugh O’ Flaherty (Collins Press, 2008 & 2012), County Dublin VEC, 1930–2013: Responding to Need, (commissioned and published by DDLETB, 2014). He has also co-written (with Dr Judith Harford) two articles which have been published in the History of Education journal, Irish educational policy in the 1960s: a decade of transformation (2014) and Irish Education and the Legacy of Daniel O’ Connell, (2016). His most recent book Irish Education, 1922–2007, Cherishing All the Children? (Mynchen’s Field Press and available from www.educationhistory.ie) is based on his doctoral research and was published in 2016.