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Vacancy: Manager, Naíonra an Teaghlaigh Naofa, Cork

May 30, 2018

Leagan Gaeilge le fáil freisin


Naíonra an Teaghlaigh Naofa, was founded by Gaelscoil an Teaghlaigh Naofa, and trades under the title “Coiste Naíonra an Teaghlaigh Naofa Teo.”  is a not-for-profit, Irish language pre-school. It has been in operation for more than 25 years, and is situated on the grounds of Gaelscoil an Teaghlaigh Naofa, Tory Top Road, Ballyphehane, Cork city.

The Naionra operates during the academic year, from September to June incl.  There are two sessions per day 08.45-11.45 and 12.00-15.00 hrs. Student numbers fluctuate but there are currently 47 enrolled for Sept 2018.  There is a team of six part-time Early Years Educators.

Reporting to:

The Manager of the Naionra is employed by Coiste Naionra an Teaghlaigh Naofa Teo. and reports to the Naíonra Management Committee.

Duties & Responsibilities:

·         To take day to day responsibility for children and teaching team members, ensuring compliance with legislative and safety standards at all times.

·         Maintain and update the curriculum in line with Siolta and Aistear.

·         Be professional in all verbal and non-verbal interactions with employees, parents and children at all times.

·         To lead ECCE scheme provision for pre-schoolers.

·         To ensure high standards of care and education

·         To ensure a high standard of hygiene

·         Attend meetings and undertake training as required.

·         Revise and update policies and procedures as required.

·         Adhere to Child Protection Policy of the service and follow procedure to report any concerns.

·         Maintain all records as required by legislation, Pobal and Tusla.

·         To be responsible for the day-to-day financial operations within the Naíonra.  Operate the payroll software, maintain a budget and keep accurate accounts.  Work with the accountant to complete all financial statements required by Pobal, Tusla, CRO, Inland Revenue etc.

·         Represent the service during Inspections by Tusla, Pobal, DES, NERA and act on any recommendations made in subsequent reports.

·         Network with appropriate local, statutory and voluntary agencies.

·         Ensure the centre is adequately insured and that all safety equipment is maintained and regularly serviced.

·         To facilitate regular staff meetings.

·         To communicate effectively with parents.

·         To co-ordinate recruitment, appraisal and training requirements for all staff.

·         Maintain accurate and up to date personnel records for all employees.

·         Ensure policy documents relating to employee legislation are kept up to date and available to all Team Members.

·         Be able to take charge and direct children and teaching team members in the event of an emergency.

·         Maintain confidentiality.

·         To be a key holder for the Naionra and main gate of the school.

·         Maintain systems of observation and record keeping so that each child’s progress is effectively monitored and supported.

·         Support parents of children with special requirements.  Complete observational reports as requested by medical professionals through parents.

Person Specifications:

·         Minimum FETAC (QQI) Level 7 qualification in E.Y. Care & Education

·         Knowledge, understanding and practical experience of pre-school education (minimum two years).

·         Experience in a team lead role.

·         Good knowledge of spoken and written Irish

·         Proven organisational and computer skills.

·         Ability to work independently.

·         Kindness, warmth and responsiveness to the needs of children and their families.

·         Ability to communicate effectively.

·         Finance aptitude.

·         Complete Garda vetting

·         Commitment to equal opportunities for all children, families and staff.

·         Experience of observation and skill level assessment of young children.


·         FETAC (QQI) Level 7 qualification in Childcare or equivalent

·         Minimum experience – two years in a team lead role

·         Good knowledge of spoken and written Irish

·         Proven organisational and computer skills

Terms and Conditions:

·         This is a full time permanent position.

·         The salary for this role is €28,000 per annum.

·         If you are interested applying, please forward your CV along with an application letter to bainisteoir.ntn@gmail.com

·         The closing date for applications is Friday, 08 June 2018.

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May 23, 2018


Start date: 1st September 2018

Salary: € 21,674 pro rata

Location: Trinity College Dublin

Department: Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies

Research Status: Part Time (50%)

Duration: 6 months fixed-term


Dr Francesca La Morgia is seeking an energetic and engaged research assistant to work on a

study on communication abilities in secondary schools students attending immersion education

through Irish and Gaelic. The Research Assistant will be involved in creating experimental

materials and collecting the data for the project. He/she will have good knowledge of Gaelic and

Irish and a good understanding of the secondary school curriculum in Ireland and Scotland. A

personalized training plan in the psychology of language will be designed for the Research

Assistant. The RA will be based at Trinity College Dublin.

The project

“New speakers moving dialogues” is a project funded by Foras na Gaelige and Bòrd Na Gàidhlig

under the Colmcille Funding Scheme.The main aim of project is to investigate communication

skills in young adults speakers of Irish and Gaelic who have been educated through the medium

of these languages. The project focuses on spoken communication and on the use of new media

for promoting communication. The project is coordinated by Dr. Francesca La Morgia in

collaboration with Dr Maria Garraffa (Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh).

Key duties and responsibilities

Preparing test materials in Irish and Gaelic, contacting participants, testing secondary school

students, coding data, assisting with data analysis, maintaining equipment, organizing meetings,

and assisting with grant management. Conduct literature and database searches. Maintain written

records of research results and progress. Contribute to the production of research reports and

publications and other dissemination activities.


Essential qualifications:

An undergraduate degree in an area of Social Sciences, including Psychology, Linguistics,

Education, or similar.

Essential experience includes:

  • Participant recruitment and retention;
  • Study administration (scheduling appointments, managing data packs and data entry, etc.);
  • Ability to plan and organise a research study and prioritise workload effectively;
  • Good organisational skills and attention to detail;
  • Good knowledge of both Irish and Gaelic.

Desirable qualifications:

Previous experience of testing adults;

Experience in dissemination activities including public engagement.


Travelling in Scotland and Ireland will be necessary for data collection.

How to apply

Please send your CV with a cover letter and the contact details of one referee.

Informal enquiries can be made to:

Dr Francesca La Morgia

Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies

School of Linguistics, Speech and Communication Sciences

Trinity College Dublin




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Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

May 18-19 2018

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN AT www.tumoideachas.ie

Following the success of the inaugural conference, which took place in 2015, this May will see the Second All-Ireland Research Conference on Immersion Education, taking place again at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) on Fri 18 & Saturday 19 May.

The two-day event will provide opportunities for linguists, researchers and Irish-medium immersion and immersion educators internationally, to critically reflect on and share research in the context of immersion education, providing the space to exchange and discuss new directions in the ever-evolving field of immersion education.

During the two day event,  3 keynote addresses,  4 symposia, 25 posters and 60 research papers will be presented on relevant topics such as Linking Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Immersion; School Self-Evaluation, Leadership and Educator Development and Navigating Policy and Innovation in Multi/Bilingual Communities.

Key note speakers include Professor Laurent Cammarata, Associate Professor in Education, University of Alberta, Canada. Formerly a language teacher, Dr Cammarata has been a teacher educator for more than fifteen years. He currently works in the preparation and ongoing professional development of K-12 teachers in French immersion and francophone minority settings in Canada. His research focuses on teachers’ experience of implementing content-based instruction (CBI) in varied educational contexts and on implications for teacher education and professional development. Professor Cammarata’s keynote addressThe missing link in immersion education research: What is it and why should we care?’, will pay particular attention to this topic.

Also speaking will be Dr Karen Ní Chlochasaigh, post-doctoral researcher at DCU Institute of Education and The Educational Research Centre. In her keynote, Dr Ní Chlochasaigh will share findings from a post-doctoral study which investigates the effect of immersive education on achievement, progress and attitudes in all-Irish schools in disadvantaged areas in the Republic of Ireland (DEIS schools). Major questions relating to the achievements of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds in Irish-medium schools, the biggest problems they face, and the supports which they urgently require will be considered.

Professor David Lasagabaster, University of the Basque Country, will also be presenting. Prof. Lasagabaster is Professor of Applied Linguistics and has been involved in teacher education in Spain for several years where he has published on second/third language acquisition, CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), attitudes and motivation, and multilingualism. His keynote address ‘Immersion programmes as a springboard to multilingualism: The Basque experience’ will focus on the transition from a monolingual curriculum (Spanish) to a multilingual one (Basque, Spanish and English) and the challenges entailed in such a process.

All-Ireland Research Conference on Immersion Education – Opportunities and Best Practices takes place on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May at MIC. The international conference brings together various organisations and institutions as conference partners, including: Mary Immaculate College, Limerick; An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta; Institute of Technology Tralee; Gaeloideachas; Foras na Gaeilge and Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta.

Registration now open www.tumoideachas.ie


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