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This course will introduce teachers to Gaelic games in a fun environment. A background in Gaelic games is not required - interest and enthusiasm are the only requirements!

Venue: McHale Park Stadium, Castlebar for the face to face element of the course

Dates: 12 hours Face to Face - Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th July 2022

Times: 9.30am - 2.00pm for the face to face element of the course, 8 hours online to be completed by the 8th of July

Course Start Date / Time 05-07-2022 9:30 am
Course End Date / Time 07-07-2022 2:00 pm
Capacity 25
Cut off date 22-06-2022 12:00 pm
Fee €50.00
Speaker Billy McNicholas, Denis O'Boyle & Martin Connolly
Location McHale Park, Castlebar

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Westport Scoil Cheoil: 087-9185838

TEACHERS’ application form for EPV Days

N.B. LIMITED NUMBERS. CONFINED. Strictly NO enrolments after 31/5/2022


July 11-15.

Venue: Scoil Phádraig Westport. Daily 9.45am to 1.00pm 


In order to apply for Westport Scoil Cheoil there are 2 steps. 

1. Print off this page 2. Return it with the fee of €90

Fill in the box below with NAME, PHONE NUMBER, EMAIL ADDRESS& INSTRUMENT to be taken at Westport Scoil Cheoil for the week, LEVEL of class you are attending. Indicate Yes/ No if you are a teacher seeking EPV days. Email your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you are paying online. Do not forget to put your name on the bank account details! 

2. Payment: €90 each. No other discount applies. Pay directly to: Maura Thornton

IBAN IE24BOFI 903744 67340245 BIC BOFIIE2DXXX. Don’t forget to put your name as reference on the bank DD. Email this form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Drop fee with this form to ‘CastleVets’ Altamont Street Westport or to our house ‘Ceol’ Turlough Rd., Castlebar, Co Mayo: F23PD00.

Cheques payable to Maura Thornton.

                                                             CLASSES OFFERED: 

Classes being offered at beginners/intermediate/Master on guitar/bodhrán/tin-whistle/Irish-dance and song (3 levels on these).

All other classes are offered at 2 levels: intermediate and masters: fiddle/box/concertina/flute/harp/banjo/mandolin (2 levels on these) NO beginners. Singing one level. ADULT ONLY BEGINNER TW and GUITAR

Piano accompaniment: Must have grade 3 on piano and bring your own keyboard and extension lead. 

For all evening activities see website: westportscoilcheoil.com. This is an ideal family summer school where children and adults can come together for ceol agus craic! 

Fee: €90 per person. No other discounts apply. 

Payment:  IBAN: IE24BOFI903744 67340245    BIC: BOFIIE2DXXX (Bank of Ireland Castlebar)

Levels of tuition required at WSC. There are 3 levels of competency. Beginner/ Intermediate/ Master. Beginner (denotes a basic level of proficiency. Complete beginners are ONLY accepted on tin-whistle/ guitar/ bodhrán/ dancing. There is NO facility to teach complete beginner fiddle/ concertina/box/banjo/harp/ flute/concertian

Evening Activities: See Website: www.westportscoilcheoil.com

Please note all enquiries and payments are to be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course Start Date / Time 11-07-2022
Course End Date / Time 15-07-2022
Capacity Unlimited
Cut off date 17-06-2022 12:00 pm
Fee €90 made payable to Westport Scoil Cheoil
Location Scoil Phádraig


Chess for Social Skills is like no other summer course as it is extremely hands-on and teacher-centred. Chess is a growing pastime in Irish primary schools with over 200 schools now joined the Ficheall.ie network of teachers promoting chess in primary schools. It is an excellent hobby for students (and teachers) for rainy days and promotes a variety of social and cognitive skills such as respect, forward planning, problem solving, decision making, accepting defeat, understanding resilience and developing a growth mind-set when exploring a new skill; all of which are explicitly addressed in the free beginner lessons available to participants.

Teachers will have the opportunity to learn how to play chess by playing mini chess games against other novice teachers. The course will teach all participants:

· how to play chess (from zero prior knowledge) and the best methods of teaching primary school children as young as first class the rules using a fun, games-based approach

· how to utilise chess as an additional resource in teaching social skills in the mainstream and special education classroom

· how to organise a school chess club, school chess team and in-school chess competitions

· a variety of digital teaching resources will be made available to all participants

Some testimonials from the 172 teachers who completed the course in 2021:

· “As a total beginner to chess, I found this course so worthwhile, after a week I have the knowledge and confidence to start chess classes with my class. I actually can't wait to get it up and running, I'm addicted!”

· “The first summer course I've done that I was excited to start each day!”

· “Learn social skills while having fun through the game of chess!”

· “A course that when completed you can actually say you have learned an entire new skill! Amazing!”

· “By far the most engaging, practical and enjoyable CPD course I have ever done! I would recommend all teachers do this course.”

· “This is a fun course!”

· “Brilliant: learning, play and a social place. Ideal way to spend the first week of July!”

· “Teach your students good sportsmanship without PE!”

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Course Start Date / Time 11-07-2022 9:30 am
Course End Date / Time 15-07-2022 2:00 pm
Capacity 16
Cut off date 06-07-2022 12:00 pm
Fee €50.00
Speaker Damien Fallon
Location Valley NS

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Mindfulness Matters | Mindfulness Courses & CDs | Westport, Co. Mayo

This course offers a breath of fresh air and a well-earned investment in mindfulness and self-care for teachers!  PLUS the added bonus of simple impactful classroom practices that are grounded in SPHE.

The course includes outdoor exploration, home practices, creative classroom ideas, deep rest and recovery. 

Derval Dunford - Derval is a pioneer mindfulness and breathwork in Ireland.  She brings vast experience, expertise and fun to her practices.  She has worked with HSE staff since 2010, and assists renowned US psychiatrists and breath researchers Gerbarg & Brown on their global teacher training programmes. 

Course Start Date / Time 11-07-2022 9:30 am
Course End Date / Time 15-07-2022 2:00 pm
Capacity 20
Cut off date 06-07-2022 12:00 pm
Fee €50.00
Speaker Derval Dunford
Location Mayo Education Centre

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Restorative Practices (RP) are both a philosophy and a set of skills that have the core aim of building strong relationships and transforming conflict in a simple and emotionally healthy manner. CDI’s Restorative Practice Summer Course for Teachers is approved by the Department of Education and skills and is in line with the PDST Restorative Practices Pilot Project being rolled out nationally to primary and post primary schools. 

This course, offered in association with the Childhood Development Initiative, will:  

·         Provide participants with knowledge and understanding of the use of RP in schools;

·         Skill participants to use RP to support their teaching practice;

·         Skill participants to use RP to support their work and life outside the classroom;

·         Inspire and enable participants to use restorative skills in their work and life; and

·         Explore the potential of a Restorative approach for creating and maintaining a positive relational environment in the classroom and school as a whole.


Course Start Date / Time 11-07-2022 9:30 am
Course End Date / Time 15-07-2022 2:00 pm
Capacity 24
Cut off date 04-07-2022 12:00 pm
Fee €50.00
Speaker Mary Hough - Trained and certified by CDI
Location Ballinrobe National School

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Mayo Education Centre invites Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT's) to join a newly formed support group. At our monthly meetings, we will facilitate members to provide each other with help, share strategies and stories, discuss experiences and feel more empowered in the classroom. This is not only an opportunity to belong to a supportive teaching community but also an opportunuity to make teaching friends for life that will help to sustain you throughout your career.

This meeting will discuss the following;

·       Networking opportunities and scenarios.

·       Writing targets from the Writing Genre

·       Exploring useful websites

·       Panel Lists.

·       Other items for discussion by those in attendance.

Join Maura and Kathleen for this discussion and also a friendly cuppa. 

The support group will be facilitated by Dr Máire McNally and Dr Kathleen Smyth.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller

Course Start Date / Time 21-09-2022 7:00 pm
Course End Date / Time 21-09-2022 8:00 pm
Capacity 25
Cut off date 21-09-2022 11:00 am
Fee Free
Number Hours 1
Location Mayo Education Centre

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This face to face workshop empowers teachers to begin teaching drama in their classrooms right away. In a relaxed atmosphere teachers learn, create and realise their potential to teach drama, through active participation in drama specific games, skills techniques and activities.

Learning Outcomes

Teachers will gain an understanding of the prerequisites for making Drama and the Elements of Drama.

Teachers will learn 15 practical warm up activities for beginning a drama lesson.

Teachers will learn how to explore and make drama in the classroom using physical activities, vocal activities pair work and improvisation. 

Teachers will learn the principles of reflecting on drama. 

This course is practical in nature and led by Terry McDonagh, freelance theatre maker and poet.  Terry was Drama Director at International School Hamburg for 17 years and lectured in creative writing at Hamburg University for 5 years. He’s published eleven poetry collections, letters, drama, prose and also poetry for young people. His work has been translated into German and Indonesian.

“I have known and worked with Terry McDonagh for over twenty years in my capacity as Education Officer with Poetry Ireland.  Terry has been, and is, an invaluable member of the Writers in Schools Scheme. He is a flexible, adaptable and highly skilled arts in education practitioner, particularly in the areas of drama education and ensemble theatre.  He can coordinate and direct large, disparate groups and works extremely well in collaboration with other artists.”

Jane O’Hanlon, Education Officer in Poetry Ireland I first met Terry McDonagh through theatre and was instantly forced to ask, who is that? I have seldom met a person with so much imagination and theatrical energy. Amazing. 

Elizabeth Pagitz, actor and newsreader in NDRadio Hamburg

Time: 7-9pm (Tea/Coffee break at 8pm)

Venue: Mayo Education Centre

Facilitator: Terry McDonagh

Course Start Date / Time 29-09-2022 7:00 pm
Course End Date / Time 29-09-2022 9:00 pm
Capacity 30
Cut off date 29-09-2022 11:00 am
Fee Free
Number Hours 2
Speaker Terry McDonagh
Location Mayo Education Centre

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Eircode: F23HX48


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