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Laffan used the royalties of her second novel, The Hon. Miss Ferrard, for her own further education and the education of her only surviving younger sister, Catherine . She attended Alexandra College in Dublin...
While ML created no fictional protagonist who attends or seeks post-secondary education, she was eager to secure real women that right. Between 1884 and 1885 she corresponded with William J. Walsh , the Catholic Archbishop...
16 August 1878
The Intermediate Education (Ireland) Act was passed, containing an initial recognition of the principle that girls and women had the right to sit for public competitive examinations and to take university degrees.