Teachers Inspire Ireland 2021

How does Teachers Inspire work?

Teachers Inspire accepts submissions through our online form. You can write your submission or upload a video. We’ll then compile a selection of the most inspiring stories and share them on the site. This long list will be reviewed by a distinguished panel from across Irish life whose members will be tasked with choosing one teacher from each province who epitomises the inspirational role of teaching. We will recognise these teachers at the Teachers Inspire gala event in the Helix.

What type of stories are we looking for?

We want stories that really bring to life the positive, powerful, inspiring and human role that teachers play. We are seeking submissions from across the Republic of Ireland about inspiring teachers who are active now, or were in the past, in any of the following levels of education: Primary, Post-Primary, or Further Education and Training.

And we’re looking for all types of inspiring stories:

  • a teacher who believed in you and your abilities
  • a teacher who persisted and would not give up on you
  • a teacher who inspired you to take on new challenges
  • a teacher who opened your eyes to a new field/new perspectives
  • a teacher who supported you when things were tough for you or your family
  • a teacher who gave their time and skills to help you
  • a teacher who is/was at the heart of your community
  • a teacher who made you think and ask questions
  • a teacher who made you want to be a teacher

How many teachers will be recognised?

Four, one each from Munster, Leinster, Connacht and Ulster.

Who were the awardees for Teachers Inspire 2019?

Connacht: Seamas Cassidy, a retired teacher who taught at Tuam CBS, Co. Galway.

Leinster: Nora Duffy, a retired teacher of St. Joseph’s Co-Ed, East Wall.

Munster: Sinead O’Mahony who teaches at the Mid-West School for the Deaf in Limerick.

Ulster: Kelly Loughran of Beech Hill College, Monaghan.

Who was on the review panel for Teachers Inspire 2019?

  • Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland
  • Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU
  • Ray D’Arcy, radio and television presenter
  • Christine Farrell, President of DCU Students’ Union
  • Dr. Anne Looney, Executive Dean, Institute of Education, DCU
  • Sheila Nunan, former General Secretary of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation
  • Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive, ESB
  • Ruairí Quinn, former Minister for Education and Skills

Are submissions made public?

Highly inspiring submissions (as chosen by our review panel) will be shared publicly on our website and the four most inspiring submissions (one per province) will be recognised at the Teachers Inspire gala dinner.

When is the submission period?

The submission period for Teachers Inspire 2020 will be in early spring. We will be announcing the exact dates soon.

The teacher who made a difference in my life is no longer alive. Can I still nominate them?

Unfortunately not. Teachers Inspire is about recognising and celebrating teachers who are still living (currently teaching or retired).

I live in Northern Ireland. Can I nominate teachers who teaches here?

Teachers Inspire is only open to submissions from the Republic of Ireland at the moment. We hope to be able to extend the initiative to the entire island of Ireland in future years.

Where and when is the gala being held?

The gala dinner will be at The Helix, on DCU’s Glasnevin campus. The date will be announced at the launch of Teachers Inspire 2020.

I have a query about Teachers Inspire that isn’t answered here. Who can I contact about it?

Please email us at teachersinspire@dcu.ie and we will attempt to answer any other questions you may have.

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