St Francis NS Staff – June 2022 (photo courtesy of Paula Kavanagh Photography)

Standing: Hannah Watters, Daniel McKeever, Gabby Nelson, Osaretin Osaghae, Lisa Young, Carmel Pinto, Alison Gray, Sarah Gray, Brigitte Nelson, Oreena Lawless, Elaine O’Rourke, Deirbhile Savage, Emma Hennessy, Amanda Reilly, Helena Stapleton, Aoife Stanley, Peter McGrane, Jonathan Williams, Louise Dillon, Megan Treadwell, Aine Murphy

Seated: Helen Clinton, Sophie Twibill, Realtein McCann, Niamh O’Connell, Roisin McKevitt, Ciara Bond, Anne Donaghy, David Sheppard, Aideen Carroll, Annmarie Sweeney, Emma Kellegher, Ciara Whately

Missing from photo: Sarah O’Gradaigh, Suzanne O’Hare, Sarah-Jane McKenna, Ciara Hanratty, Colmcille McCárthaigh, Yvonne O’Connor, Rachel Rice, Emily Hodkins, Fiona Murphy

Staff Profiles

School Administration

Oreena Lawless
Oreena LawlessPrincipal
  • Favourite movie:  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Favourite drink:  Tea
  • Favourite holiday destination:  The West of Ireland
  • What you wanted to be when you grew up:  An explorer
  • Favourite school subject:  Gaeilge/ English/ Science/ History/ Music/ Art . . . .
  • Favourite novel:  The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lweis
  • Any other fun facts about you:  I sing when I’m cooking!
Elaine O'Rourke
Elaine O'RourkeDeputy Principal
  • Favourite movie:  Shawshank Redemption
  • Favourite holiday destination:  Anywhere!
  • Superpower:  Sleeping
  • Favourite cake or pastry:  All of them!
  • What you wanted to be when you grew up:  A primary school teacher
  • Favourite school subject:  Maths, PE, English and SESE
Brigitte Nelson
Brigitte NelsonSchool Secretary
  • Favourite movie:  Blade Runner (Director’s Cut)
  • Favourite drink:  Gin / Red Wine / Coffee
  • Favourite holiday destination:  Anywhere with sunshine, an uncrowded beach and cocktail service!
  • Superpower:  School Secretary!
  • Favourite cake or pastry:  Jambon
  • What you wanted to be when you grew up:  A belly dancer
  • Favourite school subject:  French and English
  • Favourite novel:  That is a hard call – I love reading and could not possibly pick a favourite
  • Any other fun facts about you:  I speak 6 languages.  I am a world record holder 🙂

Mainstream Class Teachers

Infants

Megan Treadwell
Megan TreadwellTeacher
Junior Infants A
  • Favourite movie:  10 Things I Hate About You
  • Favourite drink:  Captain Morgan
  • Favourite holiday destination:  Bali, Indonesia
  • Favourite cake or pastry:  White chocolate chip cookies
  • What you wanted to be when you grew up:  I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was 4
  • Favourite school subject:  Gaeilge
  • Favourite novel:  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Emma Kellegher
Emma KellegherTeacher
Junior Infants B
Louise Dillon
Louise DillonTeacher
Senior Infants A
  • Favourite movie:  The Mighty Ducks Trilogy
  • Favourite drink:  Coke Zero
  • Favourite holiday destination:  Dubai/anywhere hot!
  • Favourite cake or pastry:  Sticky Toffee pudding
  • What you wanted to be when you grew up:  Teacher
  • Favourite school subject:  Maths
  • Interests:  Badminton, Gaelic, Paddleboarding, Baking, going to the gym and Swimming
  • Any other fun facts about you:  I lived in London for 6 years and Dubai for 3.  I love hot weather!!
Ciara Hanratty
Ciara HanrattyTeacher
Senior Infants B

1st and 2nd Classes

David Sheppard
David SheppardTeacher
1st Class A
Réaltein McCann
Réaltein McCannTeacher
1st Class B
Megan Glynn
Megan GlynnTeacher
2nd class A
Aoife Stanley
Aoife StanleyTeacher
2nd Class B

3rd and 4th Classes

Helena Stapleton
Helena StapletonTeacher
3rd class A
Aideen Carroll
Aideen CarrollTeacher
3rd Class B
  • Favourite holiday destination:  Alvor, Portugal.  Also Paris, Bath, England and India
  • Favourite cake or pastry:  Eton mess or pavlova
  • What you wanted to be when you grew up:  I  wanted to work for a circus as a child. That or be a farmer
  • Favourite school subject:  English
  • Favourite novel:  Shantaram
Elaine O'Rourke
Elaine O'RourkeTeacher
4th Class A
  • Favourite movie:  Shawshank Redemption
  • Favourite holiday destination:  Anywhere!
  • Superpower:  Sleeping
  • Favourite cake or pastry:  All of them!
  • What you wanted to be when you grew up:  A primary school teacher
  • Favourite school subject:  Maths, PE, English and SESE
Sarah Jane McKenna
Sarah Jane McKennaTeacher
4th Class B
  • Favourite movie:  A Star is Born
  • Favourite drink:  Strawberry daiquiri
  • Favourite holiday destination:  Perth, Australia
  • Superpower:  Telepathy
  • Favourite cake or pastry:  Ham and Egg Mc Closkeys Bakery’s Finest
  • What you wanted to be when you grew up:  A primary school teacher
  • Favourite school subject:  Music
  • Favourite novel:  PS I love You
  • Any other fun facts about you:  My favourite cuisine is Chinese, I am very passionate about the gym and keeping fit, my favourite season is Autumn, my favourite ice cream flavour is mint chocolate and I love to play the violin in my spare time.

5th and 6th Classes

Anne Donaghy
Anne DonaghyTeacher
5th Class A
Hannah Watters
Hannah WattersTeacher
5th class B
Roisin McKevitt
Roisin McKevittTeacher
6th class A
Colmcille MacCárthaigh
Colmcille MacCárthaighTeacher
6th Class B
  • Favourite movie:  The Darjeeling Limited
  • Favourite drink:  Oreo milkshake
  • What you wanted to be when you grew up:  Zookeeper
  • Favourite school subject:  Gaeilge or Art
  • Favourite novel:  The Stranger

Special Needs Assistants (Mainstream)

Suzanne O'Hare
Suzanne O'HareSNA
Lisa Young
Lisa YoungSNA
  • Favourite movie:  Mrs Doubtfire
  • Favourite drink:  Coffee
  • Favourite holiday destination:  Florida
  • Superpower:  The ability to see the good in people.
  • Favourite cake or pastry:  All cake except chocolate!
  • What you wanted to be when you grew up:  I still haven’t grown up!
  • Favourite school subject:  English literature
  • Favourite novel:  Lord of the Flies
Carmel Pinto
Carmel PintoSNA
Rachel Rice
Rachel RiceSNA
  • Favourite movie:  Pearl Harbour
  • Favourite drink:  Coke Zero
  • Favourite holiday destination:  Disneyland Pairs
  • Favourite cake or pastry:  Home Bakery sweet cream cake
  • What you wanted to be when you grew up:
  • Favourite school subject:  Geography
  • Favourite novel:  Rachael’s Holiday by Marien Keyes

Síológa (ASD Classes)

Teachers

Ciara Whately
Ciara WhatelyTeacher
  • Favourite movie:  The Martian
  • Favourite drink:
  • Favourite holiday destination:  County Clare
  • Favourite cake or pastry:  Chocolate cake
  • What you wanted to be when you grew up:  A Formula 1 driver
  • Favourite school subject:  Maths
  • Favourite novel:  Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Sophie Twibill
Sophie TwibillTeacher

Síológa (ASD Classes) Special Needs Assistants

Sarah O'Gradaigh
Sarah O'GradaighSNA
Emily Hodkins
Emily HodkinsSNA
  • Favourite movie:  Forrest Gump
  • Favourite drink:  Lyons Gold Blend tea
  • Favourite holiday destination:  Croatia
  • Favourite cake or pastry:  Lemon meringue pie
  • What you wanted to be when you grew up:
  • Favourite school subject:
  • Favourite novel:  The Choice by Edith Eger
  • Any other fun facts about you:  In a past life, I lived in a boat!
Alison Gray
Alison GraySNA
Fiona Murphy
Fiona MurphySNA
  • Favourite holiday destination:  Spain
  • Superpower:  Being kind
  • Favourite cake or pastry:  Pink slice from the Home Bakery
  • What you wanted to be when you grew up:  Ballerina/Actress
  • Favourite school subject:  Art
  • Favourite novel:  Little Women

Special Education Teachers

Helen Clinton
Helen ClintonSET
Sarah Gray
Sarah GraySET
Debbie Lundy
Debbie LundySET
Niamh O'Connell
Niamh O'ConnellSET
  • Favourite drink:  Diet coke
  • Favourite holiday destination:
  • Favourite cake or pastry:  Cinnamon swirls
  • What you wanted to be when you grew up:
  • Favourite school subject:  Science and PE
  • Any other fun facts about you:  I wanted to be a midwife and work with mums and babies when I was little and I did actually qualify and work as a midwife before I became a teacher. I have helped lots of babies be born locally and have even ended up teaching some of them!
Aine Murphy
Aine MurphySET
  • Favourite holiday destination:  South America
  • Favourite cake or pastry:  Chocolate brownie
  • What you wanted to be when you grew up:  A teacher.
  • Favourite school subject:  English
  • Any other fun facts about you:  I have travelled to 38 countries in the world.  I love to play the tin whistle and flute
Yvonne O'Connor
Yvonne O'ConnorSET
  • Favourite movie:  The Blind Side
  • Favourite drink:  Wine : Red/ White / Sparkling . I’m not fussy!
  • Favourite holiday destination:  Amalfi Coast, Italy
  • Superpower:  I have the ability to unleash a child’s superpower because My ears  can hear dreams just like the BFG!
  • Favourite cake or pastry:
  • What you wanted to be when you grew up:
  • Favourite school subject:  French
  • Favourite novel:  The Seven Sister Series by Lucinda Riley
  • Any other fun facts about you:  I like sea swimming!  I always wanted to be a mermaid!

Support Staff

Peter McGrane
Peter McGraneSchool Caretaker
Osaretin Osaghae
Osaretin OsaghaeOffice
Ronan Campbell
Ronan CampbellKey Holder
Jonathan Williams
Jonathan WilliamsAdmin

Staff On Leave

Annmarie Sweeney
Annmarie SweeneyTeacher
Emma Hennessy
Emma HennessyTeacher
Amanda Reilly
Amanda ReillySNA