Eoghan Hanley

Eoghan was teaching in Gort Community School, Co. Galway for 12 years and was Transition Year Coordinator there for 5 years. He is now seconded to the GAA where he is National Coordinator of GAA Future Leaders Programme. Eoghan started the Programme in his school in 2015/16 with 56 TY pupils. Since June 2016 he has worked with the Future Leaders Steering Committee and the Professional Development Service for Teachers to develop and expand the programme nationwide. It is now one of the fastest growing TY programmes in the country with 357 schools and approximately 22000 TY pupils completing it.

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Carmel Buckley

After LC worked as a Ground Hostess in Aer Lingus,  I moved into Personnel in the airline and left to work as a Personnel Officer in a large multinational (General Electric) where I eventually went into training and development working for the company preparing training programmes and grant applications for what was to become Solas.   I did my degree as a mature student and worked with Dorset College, teaching, developing new courses and latterly as a Student Development Officer.  I also worked in the IDA in their Small Business Section  and County Dublin VEC as a trainer/Teacher.  I completed my Guidance and Counselling Training in Maynooth in 2004, and did my practice placement in St Joseph's Secondary School in Rush.  When I joined Liberties I also worked in St Mary's Secondary School in Rush until I was offered full hours in Liberties and here I am 'living the dream' .

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Kate Canning

Kate was appointed Manager of the DLR Mill Theatre in June 2016. Previously she worked as a freelance Director, Actor and Singer. She founded and facilitated the Shakespeare Schools Programme at the Gaiety School of Acting. During this time Kate directed Othello, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and The Importance of Being Earnest at Smock Alley Theatre.  Kate now directs at the Mill, most recent productions include the first Mill Youth Musical Theatre production ANNIE THE MUSICAL, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Playboy of The Western World.  She has a particular interest in Arts Education and thoroughly enjoys her work with the Mill Youth Theatre.

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Colin Walsh

Colin joined the SIMI in 2015, primarily focusing on standards within the industry and consumer disputes. Last year, he joined the HR team as our Industrial Relations Officer. He has qualifications in Employment Law, Human Resource Management and he is also a registered member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD). Colin has 20 years’ experience within the Motor Industry at all levels, starting as an apprentice mechanic through to qualification and further to Service Management. He has insight from various vantage points into employment relationships within the industry. Colin specialises in Negotiation, Representation and HR Management. He has a keen interest in finding solutions to issues that arise within the employment relationship and takes a wide view of all factors that can impact an organisation through its workforce.

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Pete Graham

Pete Graham is the Church and Community Engagement Officer for Habitat for Humanity Ireland. Starting as a volunteer and now on staff team for nearly 4 years, Pete’s role involves engaging and delivering programmes, workshops and presentations to both primary and post primary schools. Drawing on his previous experience as a youth worker Pete enjoys the opportunity to engage and inspire young people to take action to help end poverty housing.

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Meabh Nimmo

Monday 16th September  – 11.40 Meabh Nimmo
Guidance Counsellor – Dunboyne College
“Progression to third level & employment through further Education”

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Nellie Tattersall

Nellie Tattersall – Languages Connect

Foreign School Exchanges bring languages to life!

Nellie will speak about the value of school exchanges and introduce guests who have been abroad through the Funding for School Exchanges Programme.

Nellie is a Project Officer with PPLI and manages various projects for the Languages Connect awareness campaign including Funding for School Exchanges Programme, Heritage Language Summer Camps and the #ThinkLanguages TY event. She has a degree in German and Czech, and taught German at second level in the UK before returning to Ireland to work for the Austrian Embassy, Léargas and now Post-Primary Languages Ireland. She also acts as PPLI’s Environmental Officer. She is a firm believer in the value of exchanges and exploring other countries through the eyes of a local. She has experience of exchanges as a student in various countries, taking students abroad as a teacher and hosting students in Ireland.

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Ciara Brannigan – DkIT Schools Outreach Graduate Brand Ambassador Student Experience & College Life Outside the Classroom

Ciara Brannigan – DkIT Schools Outreach Graduate Brand Ambassador
Student Experience & College Life Outside the Classroom

Ciara Brannigan is an Applied Music Graduate from Dundalk Institute of Technology. During her time at DkIT, Ciara had the opportunity to represent the college at various events locally, nationally, and internationally. Some highlights of her time at DkIT include performing at the International Society for Music Education Conference, in Glasgow, Scotland during her first year of study, and the Rauland Winter Music Festival 2017, in Rauland, Norway. Ciara was also selected as a participant to represent the institute on an Erasmus+ 3 year programme in Belgium, Norway, and Portugal, to explore how to progress the education system from STEM to STEAM. Along with students and colleagues from international universities, she explored the parameters of STEAM education while designing lesson plans and workshops, which incorporated all elements of STEAM, concluding with a presentation at the International Conference for STEAM Education in Porto, Portugal, 2019. Ciara’s time at DkIT allowed her to travel to various local schools, to work with the students around the area of music and Irish Traditional Music in particular, and involve those local school students in DkIT events and performances. She was also given the opportunity to work with participants from Rehab Care, Dundalk, to compose their own songs, and perform them at the “Hear Our Voices” concert in DkIT. Ciara is now the Schools Outreach Graduate Ambassador for the institute. She hopes her time at DkIT and the passion she has for the institute can help others make the right decision for their future.

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Margaret Nolan

Margaret Nolan ‘Design your career from the ground up’

Member of the Valuations Professional Group at the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland.

Margaret Nolan is a Chartered Surveyor with 9 years’ experience specialising in Valuations. Graduating from TUI in 2010, she began her career in Cushman & Wakefield before joining the BNP Paribas Real Estate valuation department. Her role as a Divisional Director includes providing comprehensive valuation consultation service to corporate clients, financial institutions and developers, in addition to landlord and tenant advice on a range of property interests.

She is a member of both the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, she is also a RICS Registered Valuer.

Margaret is a member of the Valuations Professional Group at the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland.

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