Kerry Teachers And General Public Invited To FÉILTE 2021

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Féilte 2021 event was launched by Minister for Education Norma Foley, TD, together with the Teaching Council’s Chair, Seán McMahon (left) and Director, Tomás Ó Ruairc. Photo: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

FÉILTE, the largest educational event in Ireland, is taking place online again this year on this Saturday, October 2 from 10am to 4pm and Kerry teachers and the general public are encouraged to attend virtually.

Author and former teacher Roddy Doyle has been announced as keynote speaker. Tickets are free and now on general release and available at:

After the record-breaking success of last year, FÉILTE (the Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence) will welcome over 3,000 teachers and members of the public for the largest educational event in Ireland.

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Hosted by the Teaching Council of Ireland, and now in its ninth year, FÉILTE provides a unique platform for teachers to share innovative teaching techniques and network with each other and the public.

FÉILTE 2021 will take place online to ensure ongoing health and safety for all and will build on the success of FÉILTE 2020 which pivoted online at the height of the pandemic.

Details of the event were launched today by Minister for Education Norma Foley, TD, together with the Teaching Council’s Chair, Seán McMahon, and Director, Tomás Ó Ruairc.

Speaking ahead of the event, Minister Foley said: “FÉILTE is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the teaching profession, and this year gives a particular opportunity to reflect on and acknowledge the enormous contribution of teachers during a time of unprecedented challenge.

“Every time I visit a school, I am impressed and encouraged by the energy, commitment and enthusiasm of our teachers. Since I have been able to see more and more of our schools in operation in recent times, I am bowled over by the many ways teachers and schools communities have risen to the challenge of supporting our children and young people during the unprecedented times we have all just experienced.

“With the successful reopening of our schools, and as society moves now to a new phase, it is hugely important to acknowledge the effort and contribution of our teachers, and their role in ensuring that normality is brought back to the lives of children and young people in our school communities.

“I am enormously proud of how the education sector has overcome these challenging times, and I look forward to celebrating this achievement at this year’s FÉILTE.”=

Roddy Doyle, author and keynote speaker, said: “For a long time now, I’ve felt that becoming a teacher was the best decision I ever made. It’s twenty-eight years since I stopped teaching but those years in the classroom are still with me, always – in my writing, my priorities, in almost every aspect of my life.  This is why I’m really looking forward to FÉILTE. I congratulate the Teaching Council on FÉILTE 2021 and I’m delighted to have been asked to deliver the keynote interview at the event.”

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