Paul Keogh is appointed acting principal at Summerhill College

Paul Deering

Published 09/08/2014 | 00:00

Summerhill College has appointed an Acting Principal for the academic year ahead.

Paul Keogh, a native of Sligo and a fomer student at the college, will step into the shoes of Tommy McManus, who has retired.

Maura Murphy succeeds Margaret Dowd as Deputy Principal.

A graduate of IT Sligo, GMIT, UCD and St Angela's College/NUIGalway Mr Keogh is a teacher of Religious Education, Business Studies, Social, Personal and Health Education.

He is also Head of Chaplaincy Services at the college.

Since joining the staff of Summerhill College, Paul developed the first lay-led college chaplaincy service.

He has been pivotal in the development of the college's pastoral care structures along with initiatives to promote positive mental health.

For the last 10 years he has also been to the forefront in developing and leading various youth ministry initiatives nationally and internationally.

Mr Keogh said: "As a past student of the college, I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to serve the college community as Acting Principal 2014/15.

"I am really looking forward to working during the year with my colleagues on the staff, the students and their parents and indeed the wider Summerhill family to build on the significant progress we have achieved over the last years."

New Deputy Principal Ms Murphy is a native of Knock and is a graduate of NUI Galway, St Angelas College and NUI Maynooth.

Having taught previously in Alexander College, Dublin she moved to Summerhill as teacher of Business and Maths and has been Year Head and JCSP Coordinator for a number of years.

Maura has a long association with the Global School Room Programme in India and has also been involved with school musicals and in organising over-seas trips for students.

She has a keen interest in education and in recent years completed an M.A. Management in Education in St. Angela's College and a Post

Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership in NUI, Maynooth.

Ms Murphy said: "I am delighted with my appointment and am very much looking forward to my new role as Deputy Principal of Summerhill College".

Former Principal, Mr McManus remarked: "I am delighted with the various progresses being made in the school and wholeheartedly back the new management team.

"Both are familiar with the school and will continue to bring it to new heights."

Eileen Ryan, Chairperson of Summerhill College Parents Association said: "We have had the pleasure of liaising with Mr Keogh and Ms Murphy in the past on projects and have always had a productive, cooperative relationship with management.

"We look forward to furthering this relationship with the new senior management team."

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