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Seamus Mulconry – General Secretary

Seamus Mulconry is a graduate of St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra and Trinity College and is an experienced executive having worked in management roles in a variety of industry in both the private and not for profit sector, as well as serving on the boards of a number of not for profit organisations. He served on the Steering Committee for the Government project – Community Application of Information Technology which funded IT projects amongst late adopters of technology and was an expert Advisor to the Information Society Commission. He formally represented the CPSMA on the Teaching Council.

Rory D’Arcy – Education Executive

Rory D’Arcy joined the CPSMA team as an Education Executive in September 2021. Rory is seconded from the position of administrative principal teacher in St. Oliver’s National School, Killarney, Co. Kerry. He was a member of the Kerry Diocesan Education Committee, a regular representative at CPSMA regional and national meetings.  Rory has completed a Higher Diploma in Educational Leadership (UCD) and a Masters Degree in Education (UCC), focusing on the areas of strategic planning and special education. He has b

een appointed by the Minister of Education to the NCCA Council in 2022

Susan Ellis  – Governance and Education Advisor

Susan Ellis is a former teaching principal, holds a Masters in Education (School Leadership), an Advanced Diploma in Law and Education, a Certificate in Data Protection Law and is a trained mediator. Prior to her appointment as Governance and Education Advisor, Susan was seconded to CPSMA as an Education Executive for five years. Susan has a special interest in governance, GDPR compliance, complaint and grievance resolution.


Deirdre Keane  –Education Executive

Deirdre practised as a solicitor for many years before training and working as a primary school teacher. She has experience in the areas of employment, contract and commercial law and in all aspects of litigation. Deirdre has been with us in CPSMA for a number of years now as an Education Executive.


Enda McGorman –Education Executive

Enda McGorman, has been principal of Mary, Mother of Hope National School, Littlepace, Dublin 15 since 2001. He hails from Monaghan, and graduated from St. Patrick’s College of Education in Drumcondra in 1994. After graduating, he studied psychology with the Open University.

In addition to his work as school principal, Enda has worked on several leadership programmes including Misneach for newly appointed principals, the Forbairt and Tánaiste programmes for experienced school leaders. He was also an associate with the Centre for School Leadership (CSL) and is also an associate with the Oide Primary Leadership team.

Mary Meaney  –Education Executive

Mary Meaney is a graduate of NUI and holds an M.Ed. awarded by UCG . She has worked as a teacher and Administrative Principal in primary schools. Mary has been involved in the design and delivery of CPD for teachers for many years. Mary has worked as a Primary District Inspector with the Department of Education, a Policy Advisor on Education matters at the National Disability Authority (NDA) and as a lecturer in NUI Maynooth. Mary holds a B.L degree from the Honorable Society of King’s Inns and is first author of Special Educational Needs and the Law. Mary has been editor of the Primary Education Management Manual and has facilitated many courses on legal issues for schools

Dónal Ó Murchú – Education Executive

Tá Dónal ina phríomhoide ar ghaelscoil i ndeóise Chluain Uamha le breis is fiche bliain anuas.  Cáilíodh é ó Choláiste Mhuire Gan Smál agus bhain sé Máistreacht san Oideachas amach in Ollscoil Chorcaí. Dónal has extensive knowledge and experience of governance and management in small, developing and large school settings. He has worked with CPSMA at committee and diocesan level for a number of years. Donal has provided training to Boards of Management and is an Independent Assessor in the Diocese of Cloyne.


Conor Reidy- Education Executive

Conor Reidy joined the CPSMA as an Education Executive in January 2023. He has worked as a teacher in a variety of settings and is currently a teaching principal in a rural primary school in County Kerry. Conor has worked with Hibernia College, tutoring in the areas of Religious Education and Theology. He holds a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership in Education, graduating from Mary Immaculate College. His thesis focused on the maintenance and promotion of Catholic ethos in primary schools. He has also completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Law in the Honourable Society of King’s Inns. Conor is also a member of the Global Researchers Advancing Catholic Education (G.R.A.C.E) Project which is an international research-based partnership between Mary Immaculate College Limerick, Boston College, United States, the University of Notre Dame Fremantle, Australia, and St Mary’s University in Twickenham, London.

Richard Ryan- Education Executive

  • Graduated from St. Patricks College (DCU) B.Ed
  • Masters in Education (M.Ed) with special option in History, Geography & Local Studies- DCU
  • Teaching Principal for 8 years in Kill N.S, Co. Waterford.
  • Administrative Principal for 6 years in St. Martins Special School, Waterford City.
  • Have been involved with the National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT)/Droichead programme.
  • A mentor for newly appointed principals with the Centre for School Leadership (CSL)

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