Beginning as The Shanty in September 1986, the founders Dr. Anne Louise Gilligan and Dr. Katherine Zappone
established a community-based education project to empower through education and support social transformation.
Since September 1999, An Cosán has been located in Jobstown, at the base of the beautiful Dublin mountains, nestled in a three storey building which houses classrooms, a library, Open Learning Centre, Rainbow House Educational Childcare Centre, counselling service, and superb coffee dock.
Everyone who comes in the door of An Cosán speaks of the warmth, welcome and visible spirit of care that is present. This ethos is also present at all of our early years services that are located across Dublin in Brookfield, Cabra, Fettercairn, Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT), Kiltipper, the Docklands and Whitehall.
We welcome you to visit An Cosán to experience our welcoming spirit and commitment to supporting everyone to access learning, leadership and enterprise.
An Cosán provides a range of services to children from nought to six at its nine early years education and care services across Dublin. Rainbow House delivers a high quality service in-house, and Fledglings services are dotted across Dublin. Our parenting programmes include Lifestart, Spirals, Parents Plus, as well as a number of innovative services that are offered each week by our Parent Support Coordinators who work in Brookfield, Fettercairn and Kiltipper.Find out more
An Cosán's Community Education is making a unique contribution to the community of Tallaght West. Our model of Transformative Education seeks to ensure that all individuals who attend our programmes reach their full potential as individuals and grow their capacity to take responsibility for social change in their communities, contributing to the eradication of poverty and social injustice.Find out more
Virtual Community College (VCC) is an award winning initiative which aims to scale the social impact of An Cosán’s work and bring the ethos of An Cosán to students across the nation. VCC is at the forefront of online learning in Ireland. Using a blended model of live lectures and offline activities, we ensure that students have access to the right technologies and teaching methods. Our aim is to enable students to engage freely with curricula, programmes, advice and supports, in an online context, allowing greater accessibility to education nationwideFind out more