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New senior management team in Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí.

Kerry ETB is delighted to announce the new senior management team in Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí.

Ruairí Ó Cinnéide:

Ruairí Ó Cinnéide has been appointed as Principal of Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí, taking over from Austin Ó Seachnasaigh who recently retired from the role. A native Irish speaker hailing from Dingle, Ruairí has taught in the school for the last 17 years and was appointed as Deputy Principal in 2011. He has a Bachelor of Technology in Education from University of Limerick as well as a Masters in Education. Over the years Ruairí has been involved in and led several areas of School Development Planning. He has had a lead role in curriculum development and management in Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí.

Responding to his appointment Ruairí said: “Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí provides a wonderful learning environment for its students and it’s a great honour to be appointed to this position. I hope to further build on the good work of my predecessors and I am delighted to be able to work with such a dedicated and enthusiastic team. This is an exciting time for all in Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí as design and planning of the new school building to cater for a growing demand for All-Irish second-level education in Tralee is well underway with construction expected to begin in the latter half of 2018.”

Conall Ó Cruadhlaoich:

Conall studied Materials and Construction Technology at the University of Limerick and he has spent the past 10 years teaching in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh post primary school in Limerick city. Conall had previously held an Assistant Principal post for the past five years and he was also appointed Acting Deputy Principal on two occasions at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh where he gained extensive experience in the role. He is a native Irish speaker from Ballyferriter and is currently the joint manager of An Ghaeltacht senior football team and has been involved in football coaching over the past four years. 

"The opportunity of being involved in the exciting future at Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí was one that I could not turn down. The school is well renowned for fostering and promoting the Irish language and traditions amongst the people of Tralee and the surrounding towns and rural areas. With a new state of the art building facility on the horizon which will accommodate 600 pupils it is an extremely exciting time for all members of Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí's school community and for the people of Tralee and Kerry."

Colm Mc Evoy, Chief Executive Officer stated that he is looking forward to working with the new senior management team that have been appointed to Gaelcholáiste Chairraí ,”We are delighted with the appointments of Ruairí and Conall . Ruairí has been Deputy Principal for the last 6 years in Gaelcholáiste Chairraí and brings a wealth of senior management experience to the Principal’s role.  Conall has also gained valuable experience in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh in senior management roles and will bring new ideas and perspectives to the position on his return to Co. Kerry. We look forward to working with Ruairi, Conall and all the staff of Gaelcholáiste Chairraí in the continued development and expansion of the school in the years ahead. I have every confidence that Ruairí and Conall will lead the staff in building upon the very successful stewardship of Austin O’Seachnasaigh who is retiring from the post of Principal later this month. We all wish Austin well in his retirement”


First Principal Appointed to Two Mile Community National School Killarney

The eagerly awaited appointment of the principal of Killarney’s new Community National School (CNS) has been confirmed by Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB). The ETB is delighted to announce that Catherine Barry has been appointed as the first principal of Two Mile CNS as of the 1st of August 2017. The school is on schedule to open on August 30th 2017 as the first Community National School in Co. Kerry under the Patronage of Kerry ETB.

Speaking about the appointment, Director of Schools of Kerry ETB, Ann O’Dwyer said “We are absolutely delighted that Catherine is taking up this position. She has a huge amount of experience at senior management level in schools, having been Deputy Principal in her previous school.”

Catherine began her teaching career in Darndale in Dublin. She moved to Kerry in 1998 and taught in various schools in Tralee before being appointed to Tralee Educate Together N.S. in 2002. She was involved in the setting up of that school and was appointed Deputy Principal shortly after. 

Catherine Barry said “I am delighted to take up this very important position of setting up Two Mile Community National School. I am looking forward to working closely with Kerry ETB and the school community in building an inclusive school with a reputation for its excellence in teaching and learning. As it will start off quite small, it is an incredible opportunity for any parents who want their child educated in small classes where their children will benefit from working closely with the class teacher.”

In welcoming the appointment the Chief Executive Officer of Kerry ETB stated “I wish to congratulate Catherine on her appointment. Our aim is to support Catherine in developing a multidenominational school of excellence, making Two Mile CNS the national school of first choice for the parents of Two Mile and the surrounding area”

Two Mile CNS is currently enrolling children from Junior Infants to 6th Class. There will be an opportunity to meet the new principal and tour the school on Tuesday, 15th August at 7 p.m. The principal can be contacted directly by telephoning 086 4183558 or emailing Application forms can be obtained by emailing  or visiting Kerry ETBs website


Kerry ETB Press Release

Kerry Education and Training Board (ETB) and the local community of Two Mile were delighted with the attendance at the Information Evening held in the Two Mile Community National School on Thursday 6th July.

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Kerry ETB – Press Release

Kerry ETB – Press Release

Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) is to open its first Community National School (CNS) in September 2017. The school will be located in Cahooreigh, just outside Killarney. This is Kerry’s first Community National School and the only multidenominational primary school in the Killarney area. Kerry ETB is also the patron of the very successful Killarney Community College.

This Community National School (CNS) is opening in the building that formerly housed the Two Mile/ Cahooreigh national school. Kerry ETB would like to thank the Bishop of Kerry, Bishop Ray Browne, for making the school building available for lease to Kerry ETB for the provision of the Community National School.

Responding to the announcement, Kerry ETB’s Chief Executive/Director of Schools Mr. Colm McEvoy/Ms. Ann O’Dwyer said “We are absolutely delighted to be opening a Community National School in Two Mile/Cahooreigh Killarney. We look forward to working closely with such a committed group of local parents and their children.”

“Families in Killarney and the surrounding area are very fortunate to have a choice of Catholic schools, Gaelscoileanna and now a Community National School. What is unique about this particular model is that the State is the patron and the school will benefit directly from the supports offered by Kerry ETB. Kerry ETB has eight post-primary schools and a large suite of Further Education and Training courses. These schools and centres are supported by the staff in Kerry ETB Head Office in dealing with Finance, Human Resources and other administrative functions. This level of support enables the schools and centres to focus their attention on the real work of teaching and learning. Kerry ETB has a reputation for excellence in education and inclusion in both post-primary and further education and training. This expertise will transfer easily to the primary school sector.”

“Another distinguishing feature of the CNS model is its multidenominational ethos. The school will cater for children of all faiths and beliefs equally. Parents of children in existing CNS schools appreciate that these schools make space for the spiritual part of a child’s identity while respecting all faiths and secular beliefs equally. ”

The school is accepting enrolments from Junior Infants- 6th Class. Anyone interested in enrolling their child should contact Kerry ETB directly on 066 7121488 or by emailing

For further information on the CNS model, please visit

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Further Education & Training Fair - North Kerry

Kerry ETB is delighted to announce the North Kerry Further Education and Training Fair, which will take place on Monday 29 May, from 11am to 6pm at the Listowel Arms Hotel, providing a range of course information, skills demonstrations and talks, all free and open to the public.

Kerry ETB colleges, centres and programmes will show their full range of courses. These include North Kerry College of Further Education Listowel, Kerry College of Further Education Tralee, Kerry ETB Training Centre Tralee, An Tochar Adult Education Centre, Causeway.

As a key state service Kerry ETB is reaching out to people in rural areas to inform them of all the lifelong learning opportunities available in the area, be it for personal or professional development, for job seeking or for simply for individual growth and fulfilment.

Details of courses across a range of career clusters will be available from business, administration, ICT, finance, social care, nursing, health care, animal care, tourism and tour guiding, sport, law, art and photography, TV, Film and Radio production, to stonecutting, wind turbine maintenance, overhead lines, fibre installation, motor mechanics, welding and CAD.

Some lucky members of the public may even get a makeover or a haircut at the Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing & Barbering skill demonstrations. The more health conscious can have their blood pressure checked by Nursing Studies and Health Care students, while dog lovers can find out about grooming from Animal Care students. Other skill demonstrations will include Childcare; Sport, Recreation and Sports Therapy.

This further education and training (FET) Fair will be of interest to jobseekers, second chance learners, school leavers, employers, parents and guidance counsellors. Senior cycle school students are also invited, as many young people now choose to go to a PLC Further Education College as a gap year that prepares them well for the transition to third level.

There will be a talk on the day about Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses as a Route to College (11.30 and repeated at 2.30).

“We have noticed an increasing trend in young people deferring a college place for a year and instead doing a PLC course. This is a great option as they can avail of a SUSI grant while using the time and space to explore vocational options before committing to a degree course for four years. Our most recent study on Outcomes for PLC Learners, which is due to be launched soon, shows that more than half of all PLC students go on to third level, while almost a third go directly into employment. The trend is that the older the learner the more likely they are to go to jobs on course completion, while a higher percentage of learners under 26 years go on to further study”, said Owen O’Donnell, Director of FET.

Given the recovering economy in Ireland this year the Kerry ETB Training Centre will host a talk on Apprenticeship (12.00 and repeated at 3.00pm) for both employers and those considering this earn as you learn pathway to a national craft qualification. On the day the public can talk to instructors from the plumbing, electrical, fitting, carpentry and joinery, motor, stonecutting and metal fabrication Apprenticeships, all of which are delivered in Kerry by the ETB Training Centre.

Writing assignments can be a daunting task for people who have not been in education in recent years or may have left school early. So the Open Learning Centre staff from the Kerry ETB Further Education PLC Colleges in Tralee and Listowel will be on hand to talk about what they can offer students such as the opportunity to develop study skills, explore their own learning style and update their ICT skills for handing in written work.

Adult Guidance staff will be providing information about courses, student finance and supports such as how to apply for a SUSI grant. The Department of Social Protection will also be present to take social welfare queries from people considering returning to education and explain how the Back to Education Allowance works.

Kerry ETB has 20 further education and training centres spread across tens towns in Kerry, offering hundreds of courses, full and part time, as well as evening and online giving people the opportunity to build on their skills for work, life, family and community.

The door is open to any employer who wants to come on the day and discuss options for future staff training for business and industry, from the small trader to large factory.

Colm Mc Evoy said “we really are in the business of creating a learning society in Kerry.  Kerry ETB has something for everyone, from world class skills and qualifications to second chance education. We say that sometimes in life you don’t get a second chance, but with Kerry ETB you do. So we invite you to be the best that you can be, with Kerry ETB“. 

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