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New President of Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI)


Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) is delighted with the appointment of Cllr Jim Finucane, Chairman of the Kerry ETB Board, as the new President of Education & Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) from September 21st, 2017.  Colm McEvoy, Chief Executive Officer of Kerry ETB said “This is an excellent appointment for Kerry ETB and for the ETBI as Cllr. Finucane brings a wealth of experience to the role having served as Chairman of Kerry ETB Board and, prior to that,  Kerry Education Services for many years.  ETBs are at a critical point in terms of their development and expansion and I have no doubt that Jim will prove to be an excellent President and advance local and national priorities for ETBs during his tenure and we wish him every success” .

The ETBI is the representative body for Ireland’s 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs).

ETBs operate 278 second level schools, 16 training centres, Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) colleges and over 500 education centres.  ETBs are trustees of 92 Community Colleges and also manage a growing number of multi-denominational primary level Community National Schools (CNS).  ETBs are involved in Youthreach programmes, Music, Youth Work, Back to Education initiatives, Vocational Training Opportunities (VTOS) schemes, workplace learning programmes, outdoor education and training, adult and community education and other educational programmes.  There are ETB-run centres, schools or colleges in every corner of Ireland.

Cllr Finucane has represented Kerry ETB on the Board of ETBI since it was established in 2013.  He has a keen interest in Education and Training, having worked full-time as a School Attendance Officer and as a Voluntary Youth Worker in Dublin’s North Inner City in the seventies.

Cllr Finucane was first elected to Tralee Urban Council in 1985 and has held his position on the Urban Council for fourteen years, with three terms as Chairman and more recently, a term as Mayor of Tralee.  He is the current elected representative for the Tralee Municipal Area on Kerry County Council.

Cllr Finucane states, “I am honoured to have been elected President at this very important juncture in the history of the ETBI.  While the current range of educational services delivered by ETBs across Ireland is already comprehensive, including primary level, second level and further education, as well as a wide range of adult and community services, ETBI will be working closely with our member ETBs to lead the expansion of their provision of apprenticeships and traineeships at further education level, and of Community National Schools (CNS) at primary level.  I hope that my long experience of involvement with education and training will be advantageous in bringing that agenda forward.”


Little Explorers Preschool Opens in Kerry Education and Training Board’s Two Mile Community National School

Kerry ETB are delighted to announce the opening of Little Explorers Preschool in the Two Mile Community National School, Killarney County Kerry. The Preschool officially opened its doors on Monday the 25th of September with 10 children enrolled so far.


Ann O'Dwyer Director of Schools with Kerry ETB said she is delighted that local woman Sharon O’Riordan agreed to set up and run this new private facility. Sharon is originally from Killarney and is now living locally in Ballyhar. Sharon has long had a love of working with children and completed her QQI levels 5 in Childcare in Killarney Community College and levels 6 in Kerry College of Further Education.

Sharon worked tirelessly to ensure that Little Explorers Preschool has become a reality. Sharon was initially approached by local Community representatives including Tim Horgan, Connie Daly, Lisa Casey and Sheila O'Donoghue who she is very grateful to. She began advertising the Preschool in the Summer and before long the need amongst other local parents became apparent. Kerry ETB are delighted to support this expressed requirement from the local community and it is with great excitement for the local area that the Preschool is now officially opening.

Sharon’s vision is to create an educational, stimulating and safe environment for the Children. According to Sharon ‘my aim is to provide a high quality Pre-School for each child and their families, a facility that is accessible to all sections of the community and run in partnership with the parents’

Ann O ‘Dwyer added that Kerry ETB ‘are very fortunate that a local Childcare Provider Sharon O’Riordan is opening the Preschool on site alongside the Two Mile Community National School. This will really complement the overall school programme and give the young children an invaluable introduction to School life’

Catherine Barry the Principal of the Two Mile Community National School stated “we at the Two Mile Community National School are delighted to be associated with Little Explorers Pre-School. This is a wonderful opportunity for children of pre-school age in the locality to experience the transition from home to school environment. I wish Sharon and all her explorers great success’.

Parents, Community Representatives, members of Kerry ETB Board and Staff joined Sharon and the children at an opening ceremony on Friday the 22nd at 1:30pm.  Sharon welcomed the gathering with well wishes for the Preschools future and for the futures of the little Pupils being the theme of the day. Sharon took the opportunity to thank all those who had helped make this venture a reality including all the local Two Mile community representatives, Catherine Barry Principal, Kerry County Childcare, Kerry ETB, Ann O'Dwyer Director of Schools, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Minister Brendan Griffin TD, Donna Griffin from Creative Kids and family and friends for the endless support.

The preschool is still accepting enrolment. Anyone interested in enrolling their child should contact Sharon O'Riordan on 086 0594897


First Kerry Community National School opens its doors at Two Mile, Killarney

Kerry ETB was delighted to open the doors of the Two Mile Community National School on Wednesday 30th August which will be the first primary school of its kind in Kerry. Similar schools have been set up in Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Cork over the last 10 years. As well as serving the families of Two Mile, the new school has attracted children from the wider Killarney area who are looking for a progressive model of education, rooted in the best of tradition. As well as its unique multidenominational ethos, having Kerry ETB as its patron is significant in what this school has to offer. Kerry ETB is a locally based state agency and is already the patron of 8 post primary schools and two Post Leaving Certificate Colleges in Kerry. The ETB provides key administrative, IT, HR and many other supports to its schools. This ensures that the staff of the school are not tied up with administrative issues are free to focus on excellence in teaching and learning.

School staff, parents, community representatives, members of Kerry ETB Board and staff joined the new school pupils of the Two Mile for an opening ceremony at 12 p.m. Brendan Griffin T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with special responsibility for Tourism and Sport addressed the event. Minister Griffin stated:  "I am delighted that this day has come, after many months of hard work by the local community, Kerry ETB and the Bishop of Kerry. This fine school will serve the needs of the local and wider community and I want to pay tribute to everybody involved in this effort and it is great to have such a positive outcome. I wish the school community well in their endeavours and I sincerely hope that the Two Mile School has a long and prosperous future."

The school principal Catherine Barry and the Single Manager Retired Primary School Inspector Pádraig O’Donnabhain welcomed the gathering and pupils, parents, community and ETB representatives joined in the ceremony to express their vision and wish for the future of the school and its pupils.

Colm McEvoy Kerry ETB expressed his gratitude for all who made this new school possible;  “Kerry ETB are hugely supportive of this new school  and have worked very hard since the Department of Education and Skills approved its opening last June. I would like to thank in particular the Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne and Fr Nicholas Flynn Diocesan Administrator for making the school building available to the ETB, we also wish to express our deepest gratitude to the Department of Education and Skills for their support and confidence in Kerry ETB. The Two Mile Action Group deserve a huge thanks for initiating community meetings and the initial local consultation. Over the summer months they have promoted the school on a daily basis to make sure the people of Killarney are aware of it. I wish to thanks Catherine Barry having been appointed principal on the 6th August has worked day and night to make sure all the arrangements are made for the opening of the school and Pádraig O’Donnabhain Single Manager for preparing the school plan; policies and procedures as well as his role in organising the opening event. The Kerry ETB Corporate Support and Capital Department have worked hard to get the building renovated in the last month together with builder JF Flynn Construction LTD.  We are very fortunate also that a local Childcare Provider Sharon O’Riordan is finalising arrangements to open a preschool on site which will really complement the school programme. Finally, I wish to thank parents here today for entrusting your pupils to us. We will work hard to earn your confidence and support and we look forward with enthusiasm to working with you in the future. A special word of thanks to the Director of Schools, Ann O’Dwyer who has led out in this development for Kerry Education and Training Board.

Two Mile Community National School is the first multidenominational school in Killarney.

 “A 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 model celebrates religious diversity in a meaningful way.  Speaking to parents in the Killarney area, it is obvious that they want the choice of this type of educational setting for their children.” Ann O’Dwyer Director of Schools Kerry ETB




The school is still accepting enrolments from Junior Infants- 6th Class. Anyone interested in enrolling their child should contact Kerry ETB directly on 066 7121488 086 4183558 or by emailing

For further information on the CNS model, please visit


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

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