Friday, 14 September 2018

Conference 2018

NAPD Conference 2018 - Booking & Full Programme on

Fiche bliain ag fás 

Thursday 18 October Galmont Hotel Galway 

10.00 a.m. onwards Registration with Tea & Coffee 

Session 1 

11.00 – 1.00 Official Opening of Conference , Mary Keane President, NAPD ,Director’s Report to Conference , Clive Byrne Director, NAPD 

Inputs from 
  • Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation & Gaisce 
  • Report from the ICT Committee 
  • Launch of the Legal Fees Indemnity Scheme 
  • Keynote Launch of the magenta  -Engagement, depth and challenge in Irish classrooms - Mike Hughes 
Session 2 

2.00-3.30 Mary Nihill – Centre for School Leadership 

Keynote Karen Edge - Reader in Educational Leadership at UCL Institute of Education 
3.30-4.30 NAPD Regional meetings.

Session 3 

4.45. -7.00 Private business session involving Sectoral Meetings & the AGM 
Voluntary Secondary , ETB Sector , C&C Sector all sectors to report topics raised and feedback 

7.15 Reception for New Members 

8.00 onwards Buffet Dinner 

Friday 19 October 

Session 4 

9.15-11.00 Presidential Address Mary Keane, President, NAPD Richard Bruton T.D., Minister for Education and Skills 

Session 5 
11.15-13.00 Keynote Bridging the Next Digital Divide Stephen Duggan Vice-President - Microsoft 

Leading Curricular and Assessment Reform Fiona O’Brien – Junior Cycle for Teachers 

Session 6 

2.00 – 4.30: 
Workshops’ Selection – Delegates may choose one or two workshops from the list below. 
Workshop 1 Reporting and the language of learning – Fiona O’Brien (one 2 hour workshop) 
Workshop 2 Fo-choiste Gaeilge - (ceardlann ag rith ar feadh uaire amháin – 1 Hour) 
Workshop 3 Further Education and Training Development Workshop (one 2 hour workshop) 
Workshop 4 Magenta Principles workshop – Mike Hughes (Two 1 hour workshops) 
Workshop 5 The 4 Components of PsyCap – Jacinta Kitt (one 2 hour workshop) 
Workshop 6 The Digital Learning Framework – PDST Presenter (Two 1 hour workshops) 
Workshop 7 Education Law – Incorporated Law Society speakers (Two 1 hour workshops) 
Workshop 8 School Self Evaluation – John Gorman (Two 1 hour workshops) 
Workshop 9 Careers’ Portal – Eimear Sinnott (one 1 hour workshop) 
Workshop 10 Open Schools for Open Societies Michelle Dunne-(one 1 hour workshop) 
President’s Reception followed by Gala Dinner @ 8.00pm

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Hi All,
 AGM time is getting nearer. September 19th is the date.

Details re GOLF and AGM follow below including booking details.
Book the Hotel ( ph. no. 01 6406326 ) prior to July 25th and you will get the special room rate.


Annual Conference & AGM

Wednesday 19th  September 2018

Castleknock Hotel & Country Club, Somerton Road, D15

Golf Event

10.30am -11.30am Tee off. Complimentary tea and coffee available.
Fee of €30 payable on the day.

To book please email or text

Tom O'Brien
Mary O'Donnell

We look forward to a good turnout that will build on previous successes.
Please encourage your colleagues and friends to join you.

Golf prizes will be awarded at the evening's celebrations/dinner.

Directions: The Golf course and Clubhouse is accessed by turning right inside the main entrance gate of the hotel.

4.30pm - Welcome/Registration (in Ashtown Room).

Tea/Coffee available

5pm - 6pm - A.G.M. including

Update on Alliance

6.45pm - Pre-Dinner Reception in Lime Tree Bar.

7.30pm - Dinner.


Delegate Booking Form

NAPD Retired Members 2018

Annual Conference and Golf Event takes place in the Castleknock Hotel on Wednesday the 19th of September. Your support in attending is, as always, most appreciated.

Please note:
If you are resident in the hotel the dinner contribution will be added to your bill. If you are attending the dinner as a non-resident please enclose your contribution of €40.00 per person in an envelope indicating your name and the amount enclosed which can be paid in advance by post or will be collected at the registration desk on the day.

To assist with planning it is essential that you confirm your attendance and please include the following details by either post or email:

Partner’s name: __________________
Golfing:  Yes/ No
Partner golfing:  Yes/ No
Attending dinner: Yes/No
Partner attending dinner: Yes/No
Attending AGM : Yes/No

Send to either:
Valerie McCormick
Tom O’ Brien

Westland Schoolhouse,
3 Everton Avenue,


North Circular Road,

Co. Meath.
Dublin 7.

Accommodation can be booked directly with the hotel – Tel: 01 6406326          Preferable booking rates  apply until 25th July

Thursday, 12 April 2018

May overnight 2018

The full programme, including costs is included below.

Arrive at Anner Hotel Wednesday May 16th.
12.45 pm Bus to Rock of Cashel from Anner Hotel, Thurles.
1.30 pm Visit to Rock
3.00 pm Bru Boru café and visit to Museum
4.30 pm Return to the Anner Hotel
6.00 pm Dinner
8.00 pm Bus trip to the Mill – Upperchurch.
12.00 am bus to the Anner Hotel.

Cost of bus, trip to the Rock, trip to Museum;     €26.00
Anner Hotel; €85.00 p/p sharing. (single supplement €15) inc Dinner
Singles:€65.00 per room bed & breakfast

Double/Twin:€120.00 per room bed & breakfast

Tel: + 353 (0)504 21799
Fax: + 353 (0)504 22111

Ask for Joan Brett or Catherine.

Mention NAPD Retired and/or Anthony Condron

Jim of the Mills Pub:- Halfway between Ballycahill and Upperchurch on the R 503.
From TG4 - taken in the Mill.
The Mill normally opens on a Thursday evening. Other evenings by special request.

Contact Anthony at

Galway Spring Lunch

Thank you to Bartley for organising the guided tour of Forthill cemetery, led by Peadar O’ Dowd, followed by lunch in the Harbour Hotel.


Saturday, 31 March 2018

Spring Lunch Galway   Tuesday April 10th                       

Guided tour of Forthill Graveyard

Meeting 12.00  Harbour Hotel a short 3/4min walk from Forthill Graveyard

Return to Harbour Hotel for Lunch & update on Pensions etc from The ALLIANCE OF RETIRED PUBLIC SERVANTS @ 1.30 

 Guided Tour of Forthill Graveyard is by Local Historian Peadar O’Dowd.   Also a speaker will bring us up to date about the Alliance and ongoing talks re pensions, USC and other related matters.

Forthill Graveyard, established in 1500 by the Augustinian order, was the site of the 1588/9 slaughter of 300plus sailors and soldiers shipwrecked from the Spanish Armada, on orders from William Fitzwilliam, Viceroy under Queen Elizabeth I. The good people of Galway took it upon themselves to bury these souls properly. There is a plaque commemorating this event, and the rest of the cemetery remains in use today.  To walk through this place is to review the history of western Ireland, starting with the Armada, passing through the Great Famine in the 19th century and political unrest in the 20th, to the present day.

 Cost €25 per person.  Partners and friends welcome. Cheques should be made payable to NAPDR. To book, contact Bartley at . 

Arrangements re parking will be posted closer to the date.

               Dublin Spring Lunch

More than 50 people recently enjoyed a very good guided tour of the National Gallery followed by an excellent lunch in the 1592 restaurant in Trinity College.

Many thanks to Tom and Valerie for organising the tour and lunch and for being such wonderful hosts on the day.


Monday, 19 March 2018

Dublin Spring Lunch

As of today, March 19th, there are more than 50 people coming next Thursday, March 22nd, to the tour of the National Gallery and the meal in the 1592 restaurant in Trinity College.

We are asked to use the Clare Street / Nassau Street entrance and assemble in the foyer near the shop at 11:45 am.