This year Ormond marks the 50th anniversary of becoming a fully co-educational college. There have always been women at Ormond: from the beginning there were female staff and non-resident students in College, and from the 1960s there were a small number of women students in residence too. But in March 1973 Ormond for the first time welcomed a first-year cohort that included many female as well as male students.
One of the women in the 1973 cohort was Arts student Margaret McKeogh, who described her time at Ormond as ‘an amazing experience, one which I perhaps did not fully grasp at the time.’ She found the returning students ‘most welcoming’ and that the move to co-education was timely: ‘It was time to start shaking things up gender wise.’
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