Minister Foley launches Teaching Council’s FÉILTE 2021

The Teaching Council launches FÉILTE 2020

“Transforming Teaching in a Sustainable World”

Author and former teacher Roddy Doyle is the keynote speaker

FÉILTE, the largest educational event in Ireland, is taking place online on Saturday, 2nd October from 10.00am to 4.00pm, the Teaching Council has announced.

27 September 2021 – After the record-breaking success of last year, FÉILTE (the Festival of Education In Learning and Teaching Excellence) will again take place online and will welcome over 3,000 teachers and members of the public in October for the largest educational event in Ireland. Hosted by the Teaching Council of Ireland, and now in its ninth year, FÉILTE provides a unique platform for teachers to share innovative teaching techniques and network with each other and the public.

FÉILTE 2021 will take place online to ensure ongoing health and safety for all and will build on the success of FÉILTE 2020 which pivoted online at the height of the pandemic. Details of the event were launched today by Minister for Education Norma Foley, TD, together with the Teaching Council’s Chair, Seán McMahon, and Director, Tomás Ó Ruairc.

Speaking ahead of the event, Minister Foley said: “FÉILTE is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the teaching profession, and this year gives a particular opportunity to reflect on and acknowledge the enormous contribution of teachers during a time of unprecedented challenge.

“Every time I visit a school, I am impressed and encouraged by the energy, commitment and enthusiasm of our teachers. Since I have been able to see more and more of our schools in operation in recent times, I am bowled over by the many ways teachers and schools communities have risen to the challenge of supporting our children and young people during the unprecedented times we have all just experienced.

“With the successful reopening of our schools, and as society moves now to a new phase, it is hugely important to acknowledge the effort and contribution of our teachers, and their role in ensuring that normality is brought back to the lives of children and young people in our school communities.

“I am enormously proud of how the education sector has overcome these challenging times, and I look forward to celebrating this achievement at this year’s FÉILTE.”

Roddy Doyle, author and keynote speaker, said: “For a long time now, I've felt that becoming a teacher was the best decision I ever made. It's twenty-eight years since I stopped teaching but those years in the classroom are still with me, always - in my writing, my priorities, in almost every aspect of my life.  This is why I'm really looking forward to FÉILTE. I congratulate the Teaching Council on FÉILTE 2021 and I’m delighted to have been asked to deliver the keynote interview at the event.”

Seán McMahon, Chair of The Teaching Council, added: “FÉILTE allows for the creation of a forum where the teaching profession can be celebrated and further insights can be provided into innovative teaching practices. It is a great opportunity to engage with colleagues and participate in wellbeing activities, whilst also benefitting from professional development programmes. The Teaching Council is committed to supporting teachers and upholding the high standards of the teaching profession, and FÉILTE encapsulates this objective. I am really looking forward to attending this year.”

Tomás Ó Ruairc, Director of The Teaching Council, added: “The response of teachers to the challenges of the Covid pandemic has been nothing short of phenomenal. The Teaching Council is delighted to join with the Minister in acknowledging the enormous contribution of teachers during the challenges of Covid and commending them for their resilience, professionalism and innovation. FÉILTE 2020 reflected this response of teachers and we are delighted to shine a spotlight on this work at FÉILTE 2021. It has grown to become the single largest gathering of teachers in the country, where teachers from primary, post-primary and further education share good practice to benefit all learners. It is an invaluable opportunity to showcase the excellence and fortitude of the teaching profession. The enormous success of last year’s online event has provided FÉILTE with the opportunity to reach a global audience and also encourage collaboration and the sharing of knowledge through virtual means. The invaluable work of teachers must be celebrated and FÉILTE allows us to do this.”

FÉILTE will continue to embrace innovation and creativity while taking place virtually in 2021. The event has a packed programme full of live and interactive content as well as live connectivity with speakers, participants, and fellow attendees.

As keynote speaker, Roddy Doyle is a former teacher, co-founder and chairperson of Fighting Words, and author of 12 novels. He has written for TV, big screen and stage.  He has also written seven books for children, including The Giggler Treatment and Brilliant. He will be on the main stage with Tomás Ó Ruairc to chat about his former teaching life and the success he found outside of the classroom.


Phil Fox, Deputy Director of the Teaching Council, will host the event on the day and will  moderate a live panel discussion on the overarching event theme Transforming Teaching in a Sustainable World 


A second afternoon panel facilitated by Tomás Ó Ruairc, Director of the Teaching Council will discuss creativity under the title Reimagining Creative Spaces in Schools 


A Student Meet panel made up of primary, post-primary and further education newly qualified teachers and principals will discuss Student Placement, online and in the classroom.


Attendees will be able to visit online Showcases and Workshops led by teachers that will cover a variety of themes including STEM, digital, collaborative practice, inclusion, cross curricular, languages, teaching methodologies, wellbeing and more.  Attendees can connect and interact throughout the entire event through a live FÉILTE chat portal and live video one-on-ones. 


FÉILTE will have a special performance by Cappabue National School from west Cork who will be performing their Schoolovision winning song We Create Magic. This immensely creative school have won the Schools Eurovision in 2021.


FÉILTE 2021 is open to teachers and the general public. Join us to celebrate teaching!

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Full programme of events can be found here.


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