Project ID310
DescriptionVere Foster - Philanthropist, Education in Ireland
TypeU3A-led research (SLP)
U3ANorth Down & Ards U3A
Downe U3A
East Antrim U3A
Organization/partnerPublic Records Office NI
Year started2014
Source of referenceSources 52, 2014
OutputWebsite  and Course (see documents)
DocumentVere Foster course
Sources 52
NotesVere Foster was a man of many parts, a philanthropist who personally funded an estimated 25,000 Irish girls to emigrate to USA during the famine era.  He was a driving force for the improvement of schools in Ireland but was unsuccessful in separating education from the religious divide.  He produced the best selling "Penny Guide to Emigrants" and the series of Vere Foster writing, drawing and painting books which some U3A members may recall using.