Una Byrne Chairperson

Una Byrne

President
I studied German and Economics in UCD and began teaching in 1990. I taught in Wexford for most of my career, commuted 3 hours for over 10 years and am now teaching close to home in Carlow. I teach mainly German. I have always loved German since I met a German at the age of 7! We had a B&B and one German – Edi became a firm friend of the family. Edi visited twice a year and whether it was the chocolate or the trips on the Shannon – I was hooked. I chose a school solely based on the availability of German and have never looked back.
Tina Killackey Vice-Chairperson

Tina Killackey

Vice-President
My passion has always been and remains language learning and teaching even though I have just retired! I have lived and worked in Wexford for over 30 years where I taught German, French & Spanish.I have a keen interest in Technology and love all the new cool learning tools & apps- a far cry from what was available when I first started teaching! A cassette-player was the height of it! I have two grown-up kids, one of whom, I’m thrilled to say, has become an MFL teacher!
Michael Hauke Goethe Institute Director

Michael Hauke

Goethe Institute Director
Briain O'Conaill Treasurer

Briain O'Conaill

Treasurer
Completed my B.A. Int. in NUIG and then a Masters in International Relations in DCU. Worked for four years in a German speaking role for an Irish PLC. Changed course and did a H.Dip in 2012 and since then have lived and taught in Dublin.
Maria Whitty - Secretary

Maria Whitty

Secretary
Having studied German, French and Italian in Leeds, I completed my H.Dip. in UCD. I’ve been teaching German in Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy ever since - 28 years now. I’m originally from Wexford and live with my family just outside Wexford town.

Joanne Hession

Webmaster
I am a graduate of UL having studied a BA in European Studies with German & Spanish, followed by the Grad.Dip in Education. My passion for languages combines perfectly with my love of the mountains and rock climbing. I was a substitute for 13 years until finding my current school – CBS Ennistymon where I teach German & multiple TY modules. Tech is also a big passion of mine & something I am continually learning about.
Bettina Knipschild

Bettina Knipschild

Assistant Treasurer
I hold a BA in Hispanic Studies and Linguistics (QMW, University of London), an MA in Language Acquisition and PhD in Language and Linguistics (both from the University of Essex) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (UCD). I worked in several Dublin schools before settling in Tallaght Community School as a German and Spanish teacher in 2013.
Maria Braun

Maria Braun

Membership Secretary
My two passions in life are music and languages. I completed a diploma in Musical Theater before I decided to go into teaching. For my BEd. I studied in Vienna, where I lived for 14 years before I decided to move to Ireland. I also obtained a master’s degree at Mercy College, New York. Currently, I am teaching German and CSPE.
Augusta McDermott

Augusta McDermott

Assistant Webmaster
From Dublin but living in Limerick city since 2015, I now job-share in Coláiste Chiaráin in Croom, teaching German and European Studies. In the UK, where I completed my training in 2002, I principally taught English, and on returning to Ireland in 2006 I toured the country teaching German, English, EAL and French. I studied English and German in UCD with French in and later studied for an MA in Postcolonial Studies in the UK and took post-grad courses in Canada on Immigrant Literature. Prior to teaching I worked as a research project manager for oral history in UCC. I was also involved with youth sail-training on STV Asgard II and traditional boat restoration and rigging in Ireland and the US. I am currently studying part-time for an MA in Applied Linguistics at MIC with research interests in Dyslexia, Bi-lingualism and CLIL in Second Language Acquisition.
Mairead Kavanagh

Mairead Kavanagh

Committee Member
Mein Name ist Mairead Kavanagh und ich unterrichte Deutsch und Französisch in Colaiste Eoin, Hacketstown, Co. Carlow. Ich bin auch Berufsberaterin an meiner Schule. Ich unterrichte dort seit dreissig Jahren.
Iris Rouse

Iris Rouse

Committee Member
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