Moira O'Donovan de Lacy, Former Administrator, VEC (Vocational Education Committee)
Dublin Institute of Technology
Times: 54:53 Moira O’Donovan grew up in Donnybrook, Dublin, and aged 17 she gained employment in secretarial work as a junior clerk in Kevin Street, where she remained for two years. She recalls her days there, and the positive changes brought about by the creation of a new building. In 1963 the International Trades Competitions were held in Dublin, and in that year she was appointed secretary to Jack Barry of the City of Dublin VEC. The following year, she returned to Kevin Street, just as her future husband, Hugh de Lacy, was appointed Principal. She discusses his strong views on education, starting new courses including the Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications courses. She recalls those times as being very exciting and innovative. Her career advanced as she was appointed Registrar, and in 1980 she became Principal Officer with the City of Dublin VEC. She recalls the many challenges in this position. She was the first female to be appointed to the post. Hugh de Lacy retired in 1982 and she retired in 1997, following which the couple married.
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