New Principal and Deputy Principal Appointed At Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí

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New Principal of Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí, Ruairí Ó Cinnéide (right) and Conall Ó Cruadhlaoich, the new Deputy Principal. Photo by Dermot Crean

KERRY ETB has announced the new senior management team in Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí.

Ruairí Ó Cinnéide has been appointed as Principal of Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí, taking over from Austin Ó Seachnasaigh who recently retired from the role.

Conall Ó Cruadhlaoich has been appointed Deputy Principal.

A native Irish speaker hailing from Dingle, Ruairí Ó Cinnéide has taught in the school for the last 17 years and was appointed as Deputy Principal in 2011.

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Responding to his appointment Ruairí said: “Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí provides a wonderful learning environment for its students and it’s a great honour to be appointed to this position. I hope to further build on the good work of my predecessors and I am delighted to be able to work with such a dedicated and enthusiastic team. This is an exciting time for all in Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí as design and planning of the new school building to cater for a growing demand for All-Irish second-level education in Tralee is well underway with construction expected to begin in the latter half of 2018.”

Conall has spent the past 10 years teaching in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh post primary school in Limerick city.

Conall had previously held an Assistant Principal post for the past five years and he was also appointed Acting Deputy Principal on two occasions at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh where he gained extensive experience in the role.

He is a native Irish speaker from Ballyferriter and is currently the joint manager of An Ghaeltacht senior football team and has been involved in football coaching over the past four years.

“The opportunity of being involved in the exciting future at Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí was one that I could not turn down. The school is well renowned for fostering and promoting the Irish language and traditions amongst the people of Tralee and the surrounding towns and rural areas. With a new state of the art building facility on the horizon which will accommodate 600 pupils it is an extremely exciting time for all members of Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí’s school community and for the people of Tralee and Kerry.”

Colm Mc Evoy, Chief Executive Officer stated that he is looking forward to working with the new senior management team that have been appointed to Gaelcholáiste Chairraí: “We are delighted with the appointments of Ruairí and Conall. Ruairí has been Deputy Principal for the last 6 years in Gaelcholáiste Chairraí and brings a wealth of senior management experience to the Principal’s role.  Conall has also gained valuable experience in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh in senior management roles and will bring new ideas and perspectives to the position on his return to Co. Kerry.

We look forward to working with Ruairi, Conall and all the staff of Gaelcholáiste Chairraí in the continued development and expansion of the school in the years ahead. I have every confidence that Ruairí and Conall will lead the staff in building upon the very successful stewardship of Austin O’Seachnasaigh who is retiring from the post of Principal later this month. We all wish Austin well in his retirement.”

One Comment

  1. moya no cheallaigb says:

    Maith Thú Conall. Interesting though that in a predominantly female profession, two male teachers would occupy the two top posts in a presumably mixed school.