Sunday, 17 March 2019

Tuesday 26th March.

Cork Spring Lunch.

Assemble at St Finbarr’s Cathedral, Cork at 10.45am

11.00am Guided tour of the Cathedral
11.45am Short walk to Elizabeth Fort walk with coffee 2 go en route
12.00 Guided tour of the Fort.  
12.45 Short Walk to Electric on the South Mall for lunch ( €10 ). 

Contact Tony Walsh at


Tuesday, 9thh April 2019

NAPDR Region (Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Donegal, Clare)
Spring Lunch Gathering
Abbey Hotel, Roscommon

11.30                 Local historian, Eilish Feeley, will give a talk on
“The  White Plague - The local impact of TB in 19th/20th Century Ireland”
12.30      Lunch

Cost €25 per person.  Partners and friends welcome
To book, send cheque, payable to NAPDR, to Bartley Fannin, 
Cré Dubh, Spiddal, Co Galway by Friday 5th April or email and pay on the day.

Westport Train : Arrives Roscommon ;11.05 A.M.  Departs :2.30 P.M
Dublin     Train : Arrives Roscommon ; 9.30  A.M.  Departs ;2.30 P.M.


                                           MAY OVERNIGHT
                                                    MAY 1st

Accommodation: Stay at the newly refurbished 4 Star Tower Hotel, Waterford

€85 Bed and Breakfast (single occupancy)
€100 Bed and Breakfast for two

**Please contact Reservations Department at the Tower Hotel to book directly with them. They will take a Credit Card number but will not charge it until 1 st May. Closing date for bookings 22 nd April 2019
Email: or phone (051) 862300.

Registration fee €35 per person payable to NAPD R on arrival at the Tower Hotel which includes

 Guided Walking Tour of Waterford’s Historic Viking Triangle at 3.00pm (45 minutes approx.)
followed by free time for individual visits (payable locally) of Waterford Treasures Museum,
Reginald’s Tower, Waterford Crystal showrooms, Bishop’s Palace for afternoon tea or shopping
in the city centre.

(All attractions are within easy walking distance of the Hotel.)

 Three course Dinner at 6.45 in the new Hobson’s Restaurant at the Tower Hotel overlooking the
River Suir and Waterford Marina.

Name(s): ………………………………………………..
Region: ………………………………………….
Email address: ………………………………………….
Mobile: …………………......

To confirm your registration please email a completed Registration Form to: Contact details: (086) 8255062

Monday, 25 February 2019

Hello all,

The programme for the year is almost complete.

March 20th. Invitation by Lord Mayor of Dublin to visit the Mansion House, followed by lunch in Trinity College. Places are limited.
Reserve a place by emailing Tom O' Brien at or
Ciarán Mc Cormack at

March 26th. Cork . Guided tours of St. Finbarr's Cathedral and Elizabeth Fort, followed by lunch. Meet at 10;45 am at the Cathedral. Contact Tony Walsh at

April 8th. Athlone. Pre retirement seminar. Please alert colleagues to this event. It will be publicised through NAPD

May 1st. Overnight in Waterford. Details to follow shortly.


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.