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The Executive Team

The Executive Team(ET) comprises An tUachtarán and the senior officers of the College. The members of the ET are appointed by An tUachtarán who is responsible for formally advising An tÚdarás Rialaithe of the composition of the ET and of any changes to it which may occur from time to time. The ET, through An tUachtarán, is accountable to An tÚdarás Rialaithe and its sub-committees. An tUachtarán, together with the ET, is responsible for the operational management of the College and may appoint such management advisory group or groups and committees as they deem appropriate from time to time, to advise them in this role.


Professor Eugene Wall  - College President (Acting) 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.    

Since becoming Registrar/Vice-President Academic Affairs in 1998 he has 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 Council’s 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 is 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. 


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. 



Prof Gary O’Brien was appointed Associate Vice President Administration in September 2007. This post involves responsibility for the operation of the College Boards including An Bord Rialaithe (the Governing Body), An Bord Acadúil (the Academic Council) and the Executive Team, as well as the Board of Trustees and the various standing committees of the College. The Associate Vice President Administration is a member of the Executive Team and An Bord Acadúil.

Responsibilty for strategic and operational planning, policy development, ICT operations, Corporate Communications, Quality Assurance, and external reporting are also duties of the Associate Vice President Administration.


Prior to his appointment, Gary O’Brien lectured in international history and politics at University College Cork and the University of Limerick. He was awarded an academic scholarship in American Studies by the University of Limerick in 1996 and in 2001 he was conferred with a PhD, by UL, for research into the history of American diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

He has also worked in the local development sector and was Research & Evaluation Officer at PAUL Partnership Limerick between 2002 and 2007 where his responsibilities included analysis of social exclusion issues, strategic planning, and policy development.



Prof. Michael Breen has been Dean of the Faculty of Arts since 2008, having previously been Head of the Department of Media & Communication Studies.  The Faculty of Arts was established in 2007 and there are currently 12 Departments within the faculty - English Language & Literature, French Studies, Gaeilge, Geography, German Studies, History, Mathematics and Computer Studies, Media and Communication Studies, Music, Philosophy, Psychology and Theology and Religious Studies. 

Prof. Breen is a member of the College’s senior management team and is the Chair of the Learning Support Unit.

Prof. Breen holds undergraduate degrees from University College Dublin and the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome. His graduate studies were undertaken at Syracuse University, NY from where he holds an MS in Television Radio and Film Production and a PhD in Mass Communications. He is widely published and his interests include public opinion formation, survey design, and quantitative data analysis. His most recent book is a statistical analysis of public opinion polls dealing with constitutional referenda issues in Ireland.

Currently chair of the General Assembly of the European Social Survey ERIC, Prof Breen previously served as a member of the ESS Scientific Advisory Board and as the ESS National Coordinator for Ireland. A former Government of Ireland Research Fellow, he was a member of the Irish Research Council for Humanities and the Social Sciences and is currently a member of the Irish Research Council's International Advisory Board. He was also the Principal Investigator for the fifth round of the European Social Survey in Ireland and is a member of the European Values Study’s Council of Directors.



Professor Teresa O’Doherty graduated from Mary Immaculate College in 1984 with a Bachelor of Education (Hons, NUI) and the Diploma in Religious Studies. She completed her Master’s in Education at NUI Maynooth (1.1 Honours) in 1989 and was awarded her PhD in Education from the University of Limerick in 1997.

She taught initially in O’Hely and O’Rourke Girls’ National School, Kilmallock (1984-1991) before being appointed to An Mhodh Scoil, Bealach Uí Chonaill, Luimneach (1991-1997).

Teresa was a part-time lecturer at the University of Limerick and at Mary Immaculate College during the 1990s and in 1997 was appointed to a permanent lectureship in Education within the Department of Education and Professional Studies, University of Limerick. 

She lectured in the Policy and History of Education generally, providing modules in ‘Education and Society in Modern Ireland’; ‘Public policy and the social origins of schools in modern Ireland’ as well as modules in the Pedagogy of Gaeilge.  In addition she taught on a range of professional development master’s programmes.  For a five-year period 1997-2002 Teresa held the position of Assistant Dean, Research, College of Education, where she was responsible for the promotion of research programmes, the recruitment of full-time postgraduate students as well as the establishment of structures within the Faculty of Education for the advancement of research; this included the creation of research centres, the initiation of research seminars, and the management of research ethics’ procedures.

Appointed Senior Lecturer in Education and Director of Continuing Professional Development at Mary Immaculate College in 2003, Teresa simultaneously held the position of Acting Head of the Department of Education for the period 2003-2004, before being appointed to the position of Head of Education in the College in January 2005.  She was appointed Dean of Education in February 2007.  While continuing to teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, Teresa has lead the reconceptualisation of initial teacher education within the College and has secured the accreditation of the Teaching Council for the three-year and subsequently four-year Bachelor of Education (BEd) programmes, the BEd  in Education and Psychology, the Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education, level 8) and the Graduate  Diploma in Adult and Further Education (level 9) programmes.



Professor Michael G. Healy is Associate Vice President for Research at Mary Immaculate College and leads the team at the Research & Graduate School Office. In this role he develops and guides College policy and provides strategic direction for research development.

He was educated at University College Cork, specialising in Physical Geography at postgraduate level. He graduated with a first class Master’s Degree by research in 1986 and he was awarded his research Ph.D. by the National University of Ireland in 1993; he also holds a Higher Diploma in Education. He lectured in Physical Geography, Environmental Science, Environmental Management and Countryside Management at Manchester Metropolitan University UK from 1990 to 1996.

He returned to Ireland to lecture in Physical Geography at Mary Immaculate College, where he concurrently held the post of Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts.  He has published in leading peer reviewed journals in the field of physical geography, including Marine Geology and The Journal of Coastal Research, and acts as a reviewer for a number of journals. He has been external examiner for several Ph.D. candidates in institutions in the UK and Ireland, as well as external examiner for postgraduate programmes at the University of Ulster. He has published three edited books in the field of Physical Geography, including the influential Directions in European Coastal Management (Healy, M.G. & Doody, J.P. 1995, Samara), as well as co-editing a book on Research Capacity Building for Development: Resources for Higher Education Institutions (2010) under the auspices of the Irish African Partnership / Irish Aid.

Michael has considerable experience in managing research funding, both as an applicant and as an evaluator, and has served as an assessor on EU funding programmes under FP7. He has been involved in the management and administration of research and postgraduate studies in Mary Immaculate College for many years, and he committed his career to this role when becoming Associate Vice President for Research in 2007. He has found it rewarding to observe the significant rise in research engagement and research productivity in the College over the years. He is committed to further widening and deepening the research and postgraduate functions of Mary Immaculate College in the coming years.


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