A conference on Catholic Primary Education in contemporary Ireland will take place in Limerick from May 22-23rd 2009. Bookings still open.


Catholic Primary Education in Contemporary Ireland:
Facing New Horizons

Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
May 22nd – 23rd, 2009

The purpose of this conference is to examine the currently changing cultural situation in which the Catholic primary schools are now operating and explore ways of responding to this. It will provide an opportunity to explore the experiences of teachers, parents, management and all other stakeholders in Catholic primary education.

Hosted by Department of Theology & Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

Click on links below for –

Conference timetable and booking details

Conference Registration Form

Conference Flyer

MI College website

Provisional Timetable


9.30am     Registration
10.00am  Welcome: Professor Peadar Cremin, President, Mary Immaculate College


The Catholic Church and Primary Education: An Historical Perspective
Dr. Tony Lyons, Lecturer in Education, Mary Immaculate College

11.00am – Coffee


The Catholic Church’s Current Thinking on Educational Provision
Dr. Donal Murray, Bishop of Limerick and member of the Episcopal Commission for Primary and Post-Primary Education

12.45pm Lunch


The Experience of Providing Catholic Primary Education in Contemporary Ireland

a) Teacher’s Perspective: Terry Allen, Principal of St Mochta’s National School, Porterstown, Dublin
b) A Parent’s Perspective: Ciana Campbell, Parent and Chairperson of the Board of Management of Holy Family Senior School, Ennis

3.15pm – Break

c) The Patron’s Perspective: Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Chairman of the Episcopal Commission for Primary and Post-Primary Education
d) The Management’s Perspective: Maria Spring, Member of the Standing Committee of The Catholic Primary School Management Association

5.00pm Eucharist in College Chapel



Comparative International Experiences
Australia: Professor Kelvin Canavan, FMS, Executive Officer for Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic Schools and a member of the Australian Catholic University – NSW

11.00am – Break

Scotland: Dr. Roisin Coll, Lecturer in the Department of Religious Education within the Faculty of Education and Post Graduate Convener for the Religious Education Department at the University of Glasgow.

Ireland: Sr. Eileen Randles, IBVM, Chairperson Board of Management, Loreto College, Crumlin Road, Dublin and former General Secretary of The Catholic Primary School Management Association


1.00pm- Lunch


Future Pathways:
Mr Joe O’Connell, Executive Secretary of St. Senan’s Education Office, serving the dioceses of Limerick, Kerry and Killaloe, and a former teacher

3.30pm- Break


What is it to be a Learning Society?
Dr. David Tuohy SJ, An independent consultant in education, and has worked as a secondary school teacher and as a third-level educator at St Joseph’s, Philadelphia, UCD and NUI, Galway.

4.45pm Closing Liturgy


Conference Fee: 150 (includes tea/coffee/lunch)

Conference Dinner: 30 (optional).

Places are limited, booking fee of 50 per person (cheque payable to Mary Immaculate College) and registration form must be submitted by May 13th, 2009 to:

Mary T. Martin,
Mary Immaculate College, S.C. Road, Limerick
Tel: +353 61 774727;
Email: mary.t.martin@mic.ul.ie


Check Department website for details of available accommodation


Further information

Dr Eugene Duffy,
Tel: +353 61 204968;
Email: eugene.duffy@mic.ul.ie


Mary Immaculate College is situated in the southern suburbs of Limerick city on the South Circular Road, within fifteen minutes walk of the city centre.

Mary Immaculate College, Limerick