For­mer Prin­ci­pal Anne on Teach­ers In­spire short­list

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

FOR­MER Prin­ci­pal Anne Sav­age has been named on the short­list for the in­au­gu­ral Teach­ers In­spire Ire­land ini­tia­tive.

The ini­tia­tive, which is fo­cused on highlighti­ng the enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion made by teach­ers in Ir­ish so­ci­ety, was launched by Dublin City Univer­sity (DCU) ear­lier this year, with the sup­port of busi­ness­man and phi­lan­thropist Der­mot Des­mond.

Twenty short­listed teach­ers – five from each prov­ince – have been short­listed from over 400 en­tries re­ceived from ev­ery cor­ner of Ire­land. None of the teach­ers knew they were nom­i­nated in ad­vance.

Anne lives in Bal­li­na­clash and re­cently re­tired as prin­ci­pal of Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa, Glen­dalough. Her nom­i­na­tion was a com­bined ef­fort, fea­tur­ing video tes­ti­mo­ni­als from cur­rent and for­mer stu­dents Harry Con­roy, James Kelly, Clark Kelly and Amelia Kelly; par­ent Elaine Con­roy; Anne’s nephew, Denis Sav­age; and her Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa col­leagues Siob­hán Parsons and Elaine O’Brien.

En­tries to Teach­ers In­spire were re­viewed by a panel chaired by for­mer Pres­i­dent of Ire­land Mary McAleese.

Pro­fes­sor Brian MacCraith, Pres­i­dent of DCU, said: ‘The en­tries submitted to Teach­ers In­spire Ire­land demon­strate just how sig­nif­i­cant a role teach­ers play in Ir­ish life. We re­ceived sto­ries about teach­ers deal­ing in an in­spi­ra­tional way with ma­jor so­ci­etal chal­lenges. We re­ceived sto­ries of teach­ers who have played – and con­tinue to play – a key part in help­ing in­di­vid­u­als and whole com­mu­ni­ties adapt to change.’

A Teach­ers In­spire Ire­land gala event will take place at The Helix, DCU, on Fri­day, 4th Oc­to­ber, at which four of the short­listed teach­ers – one from each prov­ince – will re­ceive the in­au­gu­ral Teach­ers In­spire Ire­land Des­mond Awards.

RIGHT: Anne Sav­age (right), for­mer prin­ci­pal of Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa in Glen­dalough, with fel­low nom­i­nee Elaine O’Brien.

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