Eucharia McCarthy has been teaching in Mary Immaculate College since 2002. Prior to that, she taught for over ten years in mainstream primary schools and in a special school for students with multiple disabilities. She graduated with a Master of Education in Information and Communications Technology at Mary Immaculate College in 2002. Eucharia was appointed to a Senior Lecturer position in Mary Immaculate College in 2007 and she is the Director of the Curriculum Development Unit (CDU). Her areas of research and teaching include: Inclusion in the Early Years; using ICT to support teaching and learning; working with students who have physical disabilities and curriculum development.
Selection of Publications
McCarthy, E., O’Dwyer, B., Kennelly, J. and Lynch, M. (2014) Junior Entrepreneur Programme: Teacher’s Guide (2nd ed.) Tralee: Nurture Entrepreneurs Ltd.
Moloney, M., & McCarthy, E. (2014). Inclusion through the eyes of the child with Special Educational Needs and early childhood practitioners in an Irish context in S. Dimitriadi (Ed). Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education: Issues, Perspectives and Practices from the International Experience. London: Routledge (In Press).
McCarthy, E. and Moloney, M. (2013). Good practice for Children with SEN is good
Practice for ALL children in Childlinks Issue 6 Diversity in the Early Years (2013). Dublin: Barnardos.
McCarthy, E; O’Dwyer, B; O’Sullivan, N; Kennelly, J; and Lynch, M (2013) Junior Entrepreneur Programme – Teacher’s Guide (1st ed.). Tralee: Nurture Entrepreneurs Ltd.
Quigley, U., McCarthy, E., and Moloney, M. (2012) What Difference? Strategies for Working Effectively with Young Children who have Special Needs in Childlinks Issue 3 Children with Additional Needs in Early Years Services (2012). Barnardos: Dublin.
McCarthy, E. and Moloney, M. (2010) Framework for Action for the Inclusion of Young Children with Special Needs in Early Years Settings. Dublin: DES.
Doherty, U., Daly, P., Egan, M., Coady, M., Holland, M., Long, S., Kelleher, D., McCarthy, E., and O’Sullivan, S. (2010) STRANDS – Strategies for Children to Respond Actively to the Needs of Children with Down Syndrome. Limerick: CDU.
Quigley, U., Moloney, M., and McCarthy, E. (2007) What Difference? – Working effectively with children who have special educational needs in early years settings’ (DVD and Resource Pack). Limerick: CDU and LCCC.
McCarthy, E. (2001) PASSPORT: Parents and Students Specialised Programme of Reading Together. (DVD and Resource Pack). Limerick: CDU.
Selection of Conference Papers and Presentations
McCarthy, E. and Moloney, M. (2014) Framework for Action: A catalyst towards professional development in Inclusive Care and Education in Ireland. International Congress on Early Childhood Intervention (ICECI 2014) Conference Paper. Antalya, Turkey (April 3rd – 6th, 2014) (Forthcoming).
Moloney, M. and McCarthy, E. (2013) Breaking New Ground in Ireland: Training Practitioners in Early Years Inclusive Practice. International Association of Special Education (IASE) The Bridge from Segregation to Inclusion…A Long Journey. 13th Biennial Conference. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 7th – 11th, 2013.
Moloney, M. and McCarthy, E. (2012). A Framework for Action: Supporting Inclusive Practice in the Early Years. British Early Childhood Education Research Association (BECERA) Evidencing Practice through Professional Inquiry. Birmingham, 15th and 16th February, 2012.
McCarthy, E. (2011) Enabling Inclusion in the Infant Classroom. Irish Learning Support Association (ILSA) Conference. Strand Hotel Limerick. March 4th, 2011.
McCarthy, E. and Moloney, M. (2010) Working Effectively with Young Children who have Special Needs in Early Years Settings. OCCC Seminar Tullamore. November 12th, 2010.
McCarthy, E. and Moloney, M. (2009). New Program to Promote Inclusive Practice in Early Years Settings in Ireland. Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention and Expo, April 1-4 in Seattle, Washington.
McCarthy, E. and Moloney, M. (2009) Multiple Perspectives on Inclusive Practice in the Early Years in Ireland. International Association of Special Education (IASE) Conference in Alicante, Spain. July 15th 2009.
McCarthy, E. and Moloney, M. (2008) What Difference? Making a Difference in Inclusive Education. Joint Presentation at the 18th EECERA Conference in Stavanger, Norway. September 4th, 2008.
McCarthy, E. and Moloney, M. (2008) What Difference? – New program to support
the inclusion of young children who have special educational needs in Ireland.
Presentation at the International Conference of Special Education. Marmaris,
Turkey. June 20th, 2008.
McCarthy, E. (2008) Making a difference with young children who have special
educational needs. Presentation at the Irish Learning Support Association (ILSA)
Conference. Dublin. September 11th 2008.
McCarthy, E. (2007) Towards an Understanding of Students who have Physical Disabilities: Implications for Teaching and Learning. 17th International IATSE Conference Proceedings: ‘Building Blocks for Effective Special Educational Needs Provision’, Dublin, 2007.
McCarthy, E. (2001) Parents and Students Specialised Programme of Reading
Together (Keynote Address). I.A.S.L.T. Conference, Dublin: 2001.
• National Targeted Research Study: The development of a Framework for Action for the Inclusion of Children with Special Needs in Early Childhood Education Settings. (Commissioned by the Department of Education and Science* and the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs). Principal Investigators: Eucharia McCarthy and Mary Moloney (2010). Funding Grant: €93,000
• Enterprise Education in Primary Schools: A Needs Analysis. (Commissioned by the City and County Enterprise Boards to undertake a needs analysis in primary schools in relation to Enterprise Education). Authors: Baily, Fiona; McCarthy, Eucharia and KIC Consultancy (2009). Funding Grant: €40,000
• ‘What Difference?’ Early Years and SEN Project: This was a joint research project between Limerick City Childcare Committee and Mary Immaculate College under the EU ‘Partnerships for Quality Childcare Programme’. This led to the publication of a resource pack and DVD to support inclusive practice in the early years. Principal Investigators: Eucharia McCarthy and Mary Moloney (2007.) Funding Grant: €108,000.
• Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP): In 2010, the Curriculum Development Unit teamed up with Shannon Development, IT Tralee and Jerry Kennelly (Tweak.com) to develop and deliver the Junior Entrepreneur Programme, which is designed to introduce entrepreneurship education to primary schools. This programme was piloted over 2 years in 60 primary schools in Kerry. The JEP Kit and Teacher’s Guide were published by Nurture Entrepreneurs Ltd. (McCarthy et al., 2012).
• Evaluation of Incredible Years Limerick: The TED Project, which is based in the CDU, successfully tendered to undertake an Evaluation of the Incredible Years Programme in Limerick (2011). Eucharia McCarthy was the principal investigator. Funding Grant: €12,000.
• ‘No Place Like Home’: Research and pilot project to develop a resource pack for teachers of 5th and 6th classes highlighting issues relating to homelessness both locally and globally. The project was part-funded by Focus Ireland and was developed with a view to encouraging greater social responsibility among children. Funding Grant: €40,000.
• School Age Childcare Programme: This project was a collaborative research and development venture between the Limerick City Childcare Committee and the Targeting Educational Disadvantage Project, which began in January 2006. It culminated in the production of a resource to support workers in the field of out of school care of children. Funding Grant: €114,000.
• Evaluation of Inclusion Conference: The Today’s Children Tomorrow’s World conference was held in Limerick on March 25th 2006. The conference, which was organised by Trócaire, Irish Aid and Limerick City Childcare Committee (LCCC) and County Limerick Childcare Committee (CLCC) focused on the themes of social justice and inclusion in the early childcare and education sector. The Curriculum Development Unit was successful in tendering for this evaluation report. Funding Grant: €7,500.
• 80:20 commissioned the CDU to undertake a feasibility study re developing a primary school website on development education.