Lighting a Fire! All things Teaching and Learning with The Teaching Council

This podcast series is designed to stimulate conversations, share information, and connect with teachers. In each episode the Teaching Council Director, Tomás Ó Ruairc, will be joined by a guest host as we interview people from across the teaching community - teachers, parents, students, and other stakeholders. We aim to represent all voices throughout the year. This podcast series is set to launch in November 2020.

In conversation with Ciara Reilly – communities, COVID, and learning through the porous walls!

First broadcast: February 2021

Ciara Reilly is an Assistant Lecturer in Digital Education at the Marino Institute of Technology, and is well known to many teachers around the country through her contributions on Twitter via #edchatie.

Ciara joins Tomás Ó Ruairc, Director of the Teaching Council, and Brian Fahy, primary teacher on secondment and Communications Associate in the Teaching Council, for a chat about her career journey including her pioneering work with Kathleen Byrne in bringing Teachmeet to Ireland, navigating the ups and downs of working online in the current climate, and what learnings we can take forward when life returns to normal.

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FÉILTE tackles the perennial issue of inclusion in education

First broadcast: January 2021

We are revisiting FÉILTE 2019 in NUI Galway, where Dr Finn Ó Murchú stepped in at the last minute to host a panel discussion on Inclusive Education. The focus of the discussion is not only about additional needs or special education needs, but rather it looks at the wider area of inclusion – socio economic diversity, access to our education system for all teachers and all learners. 

Although this discussion took place in 2019, we know that inclusive education is always relevant. Perhaps now, more than ever, we are looking at ways to include everyone in the school community while COVID rages through our communities. 

Tomás Ó Ruairc, Director and CEO of the Teaching Council, hosts a panel discussion with members of the education community: Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, John Cunningham, student in NUI Galway, Nada Khaled-Abdo, teacher, Dr Finn Ó Murchú,  Head of School, MIC Thurles. 

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Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, is a keynote speaker at FÉILTE 2020!

First broadcast: December 2020

Listen to the Mary Robinson interview from FÉILTE 2020! Former President of Ireland talks to Tomás Ó Ruairc about COVID, climate change, the importance of teachers and more! Listen on Spotify, Apple, Amazon Music, and more!

Creating safe and supportive spaces in schools and education for LGBTI+ teachers and students

First broadcast: November 2020

In our first podcast for ‘Lighting a fire! All things Teaching and Learning with the Teaching Council’ , Moninne Griffith, CEO of BeLonG To! joins Tomás Ó Ruairc, Director of the Teaching Council and guest host Máirín Ní Chéileachair, former primary principal and Director of Dublin West Education Centre to discuss about supporting LGBTI+ Students. Find us on Spotify, Apple, Amazon Music, and more!