Teachers Inspire Ireland 20232024

Teachers Inspire is curated by acclaimed author Louise O’Neill, who'll help find, share, celebrate and spark a conversation about inspirational teachers and teaching that make a positive impact in our lives. Louise is also the host of the Teachers Inspire podcast.

Throughout the autumn, Teachers Inspire and Louise will share your stories and choose the four most inspiring of the year. The teachers featured in the stories will be celebrated at an event at DCU's Institute of Education and presented with the unique Teachers Inspire sculpture, designed by sculptor Sandra Bell.

Meet Louise O'Neill

How it works

We are inviting people across Ireland to tell us stories how teachers have made a positive difference in their lives and the lives of the people around them.

  • Collect

    Our curator and her team collect and read all the submissions made before shortlisting the most inspiring.

  • Share

    We share the most inspiring stories on our website and on the Teachers Inspire podcast.

  • Celebrate

    We choose four inspiring stories and celebrate the teacher at the heart of each at a special event.

Who is Behind Teachers Inspire

Teachers Inspire is organised and run by Dublin City University. It is generously supported by a philanthropic donation by Mr. Dermot Desmond.

The initiative evolved from a discussion between Dermot Desmond, benefactor of The Desmond Chair in early childhood education at DCU and Prof Brian MacCraith, then President of DCU. Mr. Desmond believed that the value of our extraordinary teachers was not fully recognised and agreed that he would sponsor a nationwide campaign to pay tribute to teachers who have made a positive impact on the lives of their students.