Joe Mac Suibhne appointed as principal of Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh

An Foras Pátrúnachta / News from Schools / Joe Mac Suibhne appointed as principal of Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh

It is a source of great joy for the Board of Management of Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh to announce the appointment of Joe Mac Suibhne as principal of this new Gaelcholáiste which will serve the greater Dundrum area in South Co. Dublin.

Joe is a native of Dublin and currently lives in Leixlip, Co. Kildare with his wife and five children. He has spent twenty five years teaching in Irish medium education, the last ten of which he was principal of Coláiste Chilliain, an All-Irish second level school in Clondalkin.

Lorcán Mac Gabhann, Cathaoirleach of the Board of Management of Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh said that “the Board of Management, the parents and the students who will be beginning in the school in September 2014 are very fortunate to have attained the services of someone so experienced in all-Irish education to nurture the school for generations to come.”

An tUas Mac Suibhne has said that “while it will be very difficult for me to leave Coláiste Chilliain where I have been working for the last twenty five years, as múinteoir and latterly as Príomhoide I am very excited about the prospect of a new challenge.

I have been immersed in education through the medium of an Ghaeilge since I first embarked on my teaching career and I intend to create a top class school providing the highest of education standards with an enormous wealth of experience in conjunction with our Patron, An Foras Patrúnachta, the Board of Management, the parent body and of course our student body.”

An tUas Mac Suibhne will be taking up duty from mid-March and said that he “will be meeting with the Board of Management within the next day or two and shortly after that I will meet with the parents of the school.
I would also relish an opportunity to meet with our incoming students.

Following this I intend to build on the planning process which has been set in train by the Board of Management, particularly school development planning including curriculum planning.

As well as this it will be imperative to deal with issues of accommodation, administration and management information systems and other practical elements of starting a new school, not least staff recruitment. I will bring energy, enthusiasm and dedication to this post which will be carried out in a spirit of partnership. A steadfast commitment to an Ghaeilge will be the driving force of this school as well as being its hallmark.”