On 5 December 1985, thousands of teachers filled both decks of the Hogan stand and part of the Nally stand at Croke Park. The protest left a million children across the country without classes for the day, as 9,000 teachers went to Dublin. The joint effort between members of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI), the Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) and the Irish National Teacher’s Organisation (INTO) unions, campaigned for pay increases and improved working conditions for teachers.

The strike was almost as big as that of the children’s climate strike protest on the streets of Dublin last year. However, it was during that period of teacher’s strikes in the 1980s that Mary Magner, a farmer’s daughter from Castletownroche in Co Cork, joined the INTO.