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An t-Údarás Rialaithe

An t-Údarás Rialaithe (The Governing Authority) is  appointed by the Trustees to govern and control all the affairs of the College subject to this Scheme of Incorporation and in accordance with the Instrument of Government approved by the Trustees.

In performing its functions, An t-Údarás Rialaithe shall promote the objectives set out in the College Mission Statement and, in particular, it shall regulate its affairs to preserve, protect and support the Colleges denominational status and shall act in accordance with the ethos and traditions of Mary Immaculate College as a Catholic College. Furthermore, it shall have regard to:

(i) the promotion and preservation of equality of opportunity and access
(ii) the effective and efficient use of resources, and
(iii) its obligations as to public accountability.


An t-Údarás Rialaithe   (2018 - 2023)  


Bishop Brendan Leahy (Chair, An t-Údarás Rialaithe )

Bishop Brendan Leahy was born in Dublin in 1960 and ordained Bishop of Limerick in 2013. He studied law in UCD and became involved in Free Legal Aid Centres (FLAC). He worked with UCD chaplaincy. In 1980, he entered Clonliffe College, Dublin and in first year studied theology, spirituality and psychology at the Mater Dei Institute of Education. At this time, he  also studied for the Bar in Kings Inns being called to the Bar in 1983. He became involved with the Focolare Movement.

On completion of philosophical and legal studies, he went to Rome to continue his study of theology (1983-1991). He attended the Jesuit-run Gregorian University, leading to a Doctoral award. During this time too, he spent a period at the Ecumenical Centre, Ottmaring, near Augsburg and continued his contact with the Focolare Community.

In 1991, Bishop Brendan was appointed to Clonskeagh Parish, Dublin and became chaplain to the German school there. He was appointed to the staff of Clonliffe College and of Mater Dei Institute of Education. becoming Registrar in Mater Dei in 2004 and a member of the Standing Committee of the Academic Council of DCU. He was appointed professor of Systematic Theology at St. Patricks College in 2006.

Since the mid 1990s, Bishop Brendan has been involved in ecumenism at both a diocesan and national level. In the 1990s, Bishop Brendan was Confessional Lecturer at the Irish School of Ecumenics. From 2007 to 2012, he was a member of a team from the Vaticans Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in conversation with the Salvation Army. In recent years, he has engaged in inter-religious dialogue, becoming a member of the Three Faiths Forum of Ireland and, more recently, working towards the establishment of an Inter-Religious Council in Dublin.

Bishop Brendan is a member of the Pontifical Theology Academy since 2004. He has written many articles and books on peace and forgiveness, faith questions, ecumenism, new movements and communities, Mary, Church, priesthood, historical treasures of Ireland and spirituality. He is a member of the Focolare Movements International Study Centre.   He has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Sophia University Institute, Loppiano, Florence, since 2009.


Dr Áine Lawlor ( Deputy Chair, An t-Údarás Rialaithe )

Dr Áine Lawlor, a native of Tulla, Co. Clare, graduated from Mary Immaculate College in 1969. 

Áine taught in Ballyfermot and Leixlip before becoming Principal of Scoil Nano Nagle in Bawnogue, Clondalkin in 1975.  She subsequently served as Assistant National Co-ordinator for RSE (1996-1998), National Co-ordinator for the Primary Curriculum Support Programme (1998-2004) and CEO of the Teaching Council (2004-2011). 

Áine is currently Chair of MIREC at Mary Immaculate College and she is also the Deputy Chairperson of An t-Údarás Rialaithe.


Professor Eugene Wall -  College President

Professor Eugene Wall graduated from UCD in 1975 with a degree in psychology.   He was awarded a UCD postgraduate scholarship and undertook a research MA in the field of developmental psycholinguistics.   He qualified as a primary teacher from Froebel College and taught part-time in several third-level institutions in Dublin prior to moving to Limerick in 1980. In 2001, he qualified from UCD with a PhD in Education.

Eugene taught developmental psychology and educational psychology in Mary Immaculate College from 1980 to 1998.   For the latter part of that time, he was also Assistant Dean Academic Affairs in the College of Education of the University of Limerick.   Following appointment to the role of Registrar/Vice-President Academic Affairs in 1998 he continued to lecture part-time on the BEd programmes and the MEd programme on educational psychology and on educational policy issues.

He served for 21 years on the Council of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment and was a member of several of its sub-committees over that time, including the Co-ordinating Committee which was responsible for overseeing the development of the 1999 primary school curriculum.   He chaired the Councils Primary Assessment Advisory Group.

Eugene is co-author of the MICRA-T and the SIGMA-T, the two most widely used standardised tests in Irish primary schools.

Eugene was the founding Chairperson of the Learning Hub, which works in partnership with local education providers, families and young people to develop and implement practical and solution focused responses to the high levels of educational disadvantage and early school leaving experienced by local communities on the Northside of Limerick City.

He was President of the Irish Federation of University Teachers from 1994-1997 during which time IFUT played a key role in shaping the 1997 Universities Act.   Following this, he was appointed for a three-year term to the Higher Education Sectoral Committee of Education International.

Eugene was appointed to the post of President of MIC in May 2018.


Mr. Michael Keane, Vice President Administration and Finance

Mr. Michael J Keane was born in Limerick and educated at Clongowes Wood College. He graduated from UCD in 1989 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and then worked as an articled clerk with Coopers & Lybrand accountants (now PWC). He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1993 with the firm and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
From 1993 to 1995 he worked for the relief and development agency GOAL in Sudan and the Great Lakes region of Central Africa.
On returning to Ireland he joined Shannonside Oil Co Ltd. an oil distributor servicing the Mid West region as Financial Controller. In 2000 he became Managing Director of Shannonside Oil.
Michael studied with the Trinity College / Irish Management Institute during 2009 and 2010 earning a Masters of Science (Management) degree. 
In 2013 he joined Mary Immaculate College as Director of Finance and served in this role for three years. He also completed the TMP programme with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education during this time.
In 2016 he was appointed Vice President Administration and Finance at the College. He is part of the College Executive Team, Audit and Risk Committee, Finance and Resource Committee and Equality Committee. He is also a Board member of the Lime Tree Theatre.
Outside of Mary Immaculate College - Michael also sits on the Board and Audit and Finance Committee of Adapt Services in Rosbrien, Limerick.
He lives in Ardnacrusha, Co Clare with his family and maintains a strong interest in local sports in particular rugby, swimming and triathlon. 


Dr Eugene O'Brien Vice President Academic Affairs (Acting)

Dr Eugene O’Brien is Senior lecturer, and Head of the Department of English Language and Literature in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland. He is currently Vice President, Academic Affairs (acting). He is also the editor for the Oxford University Press Online Bibliography project in literary theory. He has directed 31 PhD theses on the areas of Irish Studies and Literary and Critical Theory.  His recent publications include Seamus Heaney as Aesthetic Thinker: A Study of the Prose, with Syracuse University Press (2016); The Soul Exceeds its Circumstances: The Later Poetry of Seamus Heaney, University of Notre Dame Press (2016); Representations of Loss in Irish Literature (with Deirdre Flynn) with Palgrave Macmillan (2018); Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism: From Galway to Cloyne, and Beyond, 2nd edition (with Eamon Maher) Manchester University Press (2018).


Maedhbh Úi Chiagáin

Chaith Maedhbh Uí Chiagáin a saol oibre i gColáiste Íosagáin, Baile Átha Cliath, i dtosach mar mhúinteoir ceoil agus ansin mar phríomhoide. Ó d’éirigh sí as tá sí gníomhach ar dhá bhord bainistíochta  meánscoile, chomh maith le roinnt oibre a dhéanamh ó am go chéile don JMB. This includes, in 2012, the editing of “Catholic Schools – Faith in our Future”, a collection of essays to mark 25 years of the Association of Management of Catholic Secondary Schools. 

As a parish volunteer she prepares and accompanies a group of young singers for one of the weekend Masses.


Ms. Mary Considine

Mary Considine is the Deputy CEO of Shannon Group, a commercial semi state Group comprising of Shannon Airport, Shannon Commercial Properties & Shannon Heritage.  Mary is the former Shannon Airport Director and during her time as Airport Director she led the successful setting up of Shannon Group plc and the transition of Shannon Airport, the property element of Shannon Development and Shannon Heritage into the Group prior to its incorporation in 2014.  She also managed the successful separation of Shannon Airport Authority from the daa in 2012 leading to Shannon Airport becoming independent on the 31st of December 2012.  Mary was appointed President of Shannon Chamber in June 2018 and currently sits on the VHI Members Advisory Council.  A qualified accountant by profession, she has extensive financial, commercial & governance services experience from a number of previous senior roles.


Mr. Declan Madden

Declan Madden is a career Banker with Bank of Ireland who has over 40 years experience in Retail Banking, and has held several Senior Managerial positions with the Bank in the mid-west region.

Declan has had a lifetime commitment of service to community through his involvement in rugby football, as a player, coach and administrator in Garryowen Football Club and Munster Rugby. Declan is a past President of Munster Rugby, was chairman of The Finance Committee and a member of the Munster Commercial Board. Declan is currently a member of the Munster Branch and IRFU committees, and also sits on the IRFU Finance Committee.

Declan is a native of Rathkeale, and was educated at St Munchins College, Limerick.


Mr. Conn Murray

Mr. Conn Murray's career commenced 34 years ago in his native County of Meath. He has since worked in 9 different local authorities including Clonmel, Limerick City, Cork City and was appointed City Manager in Waterford in September 2003.  Subsequent to that he was appointed Manager of Louth County Council in September 2007.  In August 2012 he was appointed CEO/Manager of both Limerick County and City Councils.

As a member of the County & City Managers Association he has served as Chairman of the Housing Committee for a considerable period of time and continues to serve as a member of the Committee.  He currently serves on the National Fire Directorate.  He also plays a role on the Local Authority National Council, the Change Management Committee of the Local Government Management Agency and the Performance Management and Monitoring Group. Conn Murray holds an MA in Local Government.


Ms. Helen O' Donnell

A well known Limerick City businesswoman and voluntary community activist. Limerick Person of the Year 2012.Proprietor / manager of the Hunt Museum Café and bespoke event catering business. Chairperson of the Board of Management Crescent College Comprehensive SJ.

Chairperson of Limerick City Tidy Towns committee and a member of the JP McManus Benevolent Fund committee. Past Chairperson of Adapt woman's refuge, past President Limerick Federation of Women's Organisations. Served on the board and executive committee  Limerick Chamber of Commerce. At national level served as a member of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation.Presently Chairperson of the Safefood Advisory Board, a North South body established under the Good Friday Agreement.A native of Sligo, educated at Grange National School, Grange Vocational School, Convent of Mercy Claremorris, and College of Catering  RTC Galway.

Married to Tom, former Government Minister and MEP,  they have one son Thomas.


Mr. Fachtna O' Driscoll

Fachtna O'Driscoll is a graduate of UCD B.Agr.Sc (Hons) 1970, M.Agr.Sc (1973) Thesis.

During his professional career he worked as a Science Teacher (Dublin VEC). Adviser, Lecturer, Assistant Principal, Kildalton College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny.

In 1985 he was appointed Chief Agricultural Officer (CAO) for Co. Carlow and moved to Limerick as CAO in 1987 until retiring in 2009. He was a Governor of University of Limerick (UL) 1993-2012 and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) 2000-2005, chairing the Audit and Risk Management Committee (UL) 1997-2012.

A former President of the Agricultural Science Association (ASA) and now serves on the Limerick County Enterprise Board and Moyross Development Company. He is married to Attracta, they have three adult children.  


Mr. Gerry Reeves

Gerry Reeves, a native of Limerick City, is a retired Bank of Ireland career banker with over 40 years experience in Retail & Corporate Banking. He held a number of senior management  & executive positions across the Country & was Regional Manager-West Munster from 2000 to 2012.

He is a business studies graduate of the University of Limerick, & was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland in 2003.

Gerry has a strong commitment of service to community. He is a past president & treasurer of The Rotary Club of Limerick Shannon. A keen golfer, he is a member of the Board of Management of Limerick Golf Club & is also it’s membership chairperson. He is a former board member of the University of Limerick’s ALUMNI Association.

Gerry is married to Lucy, & they have two daughters & five grandchildren.


Mr. Eamon Stack

Eamon Stack is now completing his second three-year term as Chairperson of the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). 

Eamon’s formal educational qualifications include a first-class honours B.Comm., a Higher Diploma in Education (HDE) and an M.ED. on school leadership. Between 1971 and 1978, he was a post-primary teacher of business studies subjects. He became the founding Principal of a large co-educational post-primary school in Limerick in 1978. Enrolment in the school increased from 90 students in its first year to over 1,000 students within 10 years.

Eamon was Chief Inspector in the Department of Education and Skills (DES) from 1997 to 2009. He was a member of the Management Board of that department and the main education advisor to the Minister of the day. He led and managed 150+ primary and post-primary inspectors located in various parts of the country. He was also a member of the Management Board of the European Schools.

As Chief Inspector, he played a significant role in developing and leading a major structural change and reform of the Inspectorate, the introduction of Whole School Evaluation (WSE), subject inspections and incidental inspections in all schools in Ireland and the publication of inspection reports. He also played a lead role in the establishment of the national Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) in 1998, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) and the State Examinations Commission (SEC) in 2003.

Eamon retired from the DES in November 2009.

Since 2010 he has worked as independent facilitator, investigator, interviewer, mediator and adviser on many issues and he occasionally makes presentations at meetings and conferences on many issues relating to education.


Dr Marie Griffin

Marie Griffin, PhD, is a former Guidance Counsellor and School Principal. After subsequently working for County Dublin VEC, she became CEO of CEIST (Catholic Education an Irish Schools’ Trust) in 2014.



Ms. Catherine Kelly

Catherine spent over 30 years working in the Voluntary Sector, primarily in Youth Work in Cork, Dublin and Limerick before moving to Limerick Diocese in 2016 as the first lay General Manager/Diocesan Secretary. 

She has been a Governor of an tÚdaras Rialaithe, Mary Immaculate College, since 2013, has chaired the Equality Committee and was a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.  Catherine is honoured to have been nominated by the Sisters of Mercy to serve another term.

Catherine is a former Director of Youth Work Ireland, Southside Partnership, PAUL Partnership and is currently a Director of Limerick Social Service Council,  Moyross Development Company, The Bonaventure Trust and a board member of the Ostia Community and the Institute for Pastoral Studies, MIC Thurles.

Catherine is a native of Cobh and was educated in Colaiste Muire and UCC.


Sr. Coirle McCarthy

Sr Coirle McCarthy is a native of Cork City.

Educated in the Ursuline Convent, Blackrock,  Cork. She joined the Sisters of Mercy in 1970. She is a graduate of Mater Dei Institute of Education and was for many years involved in Religious Education at second level before being appointed as Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education for the diocese of Cork & Ross.

In 1995 Sr. Coirle was elected to the Provincial Leadership Team in the Southern Province of the Sisters of Mercy. Subsequently she became leader of the International Congregation of the Sisters of   Mercy.

Currently she is involved in Leadership in her native Cork while also serving on the Boards of Mercy Care South and Mercy University Hospital Foundation Cork.


Ms. Áine Finucane

Áine Finucane is currently the Acting Librarian at Mary Immaculate College. A native of county Limerick, she graduated with a degree in history and sociology from UCC before obtaining a postgraduate qualification in Library and Information Studies from UCD. More recently she completed an MA in Business Management from UL.   

Áine has held the position of Information & User Services Librarian since joining Mary Immaculate College in 2005. Prior to joining MIC, she worked in the Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick, and in Central Services at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


Ms. Emma Barry

Emma Barry is from Ardagh, Co. Limerick. She graduated with a B.Sc. from University College Cork in 1999 and worked in a variety of Quality Assurance roles in industry prior to joining Mary Immaculate College as Quality Officer in February 2007. She was appointed Quality Assurance Manager in May 2017.




Ms. Rachel Dunne

Rachel Dunne was elected as the President of Mary Immaculate Students’ Union (MISU) for the academic year 2018/19. Rachel is a graduate of the B.Ed. programme at MIC.

The SU President is the principle representative and spokesperson of the Union and their role is to co-ordinate all aspects of the SU and its dealings with students.


Mr. Seán McMahon

Seán Mc Mahon was born in Co Clare in 1958.  He received his primary education in  Coore N.S. and  attended CBS Ennistymon at second level. He graduated with a B.Ed in MIC in 1979 and commenced his teaching career in an all boys school in Rathdowney Co Laois.  While teaching full time, Seán continued his personal academic development securing a Diploma in Computer Studies from MIC in 1986,  a Diploma in Parish Pastoral Ministry from St Patricks Pontifical College Maynooth in 1987, a Master of Rural Development (M.R.D) from NUIG in 1979 and a  H.Dip. in Professional Education Studies again from NUIG in 1984. In the interim he moved to his native Co Clare and became principal of Mullagh N.S. in 1990.  He has worked with the Dept. of Education and Skills as a part time School Development Planning Facilitator and has been involved in the provision of professional development for Boards of Management.

The INTO represents over 40,000 primary teachers across the island of Ireland and Seán  has served on the Central Executive Committee for the past seven years. He is the currently INTO President. Is cainteoir lÁ­ofa gaeilge  freisin agus dimigh sa go scoil lÁ¡ngaelach nuair a bhá sa ag. Seán  is married to Gerardine who is also a primary teacher. They have five children.  


Judge Tom O' Donnell

Judge O' Donnell qualified as a solicitor in 1976 following which he joined a busy family practice in Limerick. From 1980 to 1991 he was a member of the Limerick Legal Aid Panel and developed an extensive criminal defence practice, operating in the District Court, the Circuit Criminal Court and the Central Criminal Court. In 1991 he joined the firm of Holmes O' Malley Sexton where he assumed responsibility for a substantial and wide ranging civil law caseload. 

In 1998 he was nominated to be a Judge of the District Court and was initially appointed to the Dublin Metropolitan District Court. Subsequently, in 1999, he was appointed to District Court Area 14 (Limerick City).

In 2003 he was appointed to the District Court Rules Committee and served on that committee until his appointment to the Circuit Court in 2008. He was appointed to the Digital Audio Recording Project Board (DAR) in 2004 and in 2009 was instrumental in the introduction of video link facilities between Limerick District Court and Limerick Prison.

Judge O' Donnell has a special interest in Human Rights law and holds a Diploma on the European Convention on Human Rights from University College, Dublin, and a Masters Degree (LL.M) in International Human Rights from University College, Galway. In 2007 he was further awarded a Diploma on International Human Rights and Criminal Procedure by the International Bar Association. He is the author of a number of articles in the Judicial Studies Institute Journal.

In 2011 Judge O' Donnell was appointed a Judge of the Circuit Court


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