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Locals urged to nominate inspirational teachers 

Sunday, 23rd June, 2019 9:00am
Locals urged to nominate inspirational teachers 

Pictured at the launch were Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, and fourth class pupils from St Joseph’s National School, Bonnybrook: Max Maples (far right) and Leannah McCarthy (second from left); and Katie O’Brien, a second Year student from Loreto College, Swords. PHOTO: JULIEN BEHAL

Locals urged to nominate inspirational teachers 

Pictured at the launch were Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, and fourth class pupils from St Joseph’s National School, Bonnybrook: Max Maples (far right) and Leannah McCarthy (second from left); and Katie O’Brien, a second Year student from Loreto College, Swords. PHOTO: JULIEN BEHAL

IS Dublin home to some of the most inspiring teachers in Ireland?  

A new initiative is aiming to find out.  

Teachers Inspire Ireland is an initiative of Dublin City University (DCU), focused on highlighting the enormous contribution made by teachers in Irish society.  

It is now open for people in Dublin – and across the country – to share their personal stories of how a teacher transformed their lives and/or their community.

Stories can be submitted through the teachersinspire.ie website, and can be in either written or video format. The closing date for submissions is June 30.  After the closing date, a shortlist of the most compelling stories will be selected and profiled on the website.  

The initiative will then culminate in the inaugural Teachers Inspire Ireland gala dinner on September 27 at which teachers from across the country (one from each province) will be acknowledged and celebrated.  

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh launched the initiative along with students from St Joseph’s National School, Bonnybrook, Coolock and Loreto College, Swords. 

Minister McHugh said: “I welcome the development of this initiative, which acknowledges the pivotal contribution of teachers to our society.  

“Throughout Ireland, teachers go above and beyond to give their students the best possible learning experience. They not only teach, they motivate, encourage and inspire.”

President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith, said: “Teachers Inspire wants to hear from Dublin people about teachers who have inspired excellence, passion, imagination, creativity, compassion and courage.  

“We hope to see a strong response from people across the county who, I’m sure, have excellent stories to tell about the teachers who inspired them.” 

Professor McCraith said DCU is delighted to play a central role in the development of Teachers Inspire Ireland. 

“It is important that exceptional teachers get the validation and recognition they deserve,” he added. 

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