The new President and Vice-President of RTAI were elected at the Annual Convention (online), which was held on April 11th, 2021:
Brian is a native of Askeaton where he attended the local primary school and St. Mary’s Secondary School.
He graduated from Mary Immaculate College in 1975 and commenced his teaching career in St. Joseph’s CBS, Drogheda. Following his return to his native county he worked in St. Senan’s CBS. Island Road, and in Scoil Ide, Corbally.
He was appointed Principal, Scoil Mháthair Dé, South Circular Road, in 1997 where he served until his retirement in 2010.
Brian spent many summers teaching in Colaiste Bhréanainn, Baile an Bhuinneánaigh. Since retiring he has worked as Independent Assessor with St. Senan’s Education Office and he continues to work part time (online) with Mary Immaculate College.
His daughter and two granddaughters live in Mastergeehy, South Kerry but COVID restrictions have kept them apart since Christmas. His hobbies of hill walking and golf at Newcastlewest G.C. are also off the agenda at present so he considers he has a lot to look forward to when thing improve.
Brian joined RTAI Limerick Branch shortly after retiring. He and was elected to represent the counties of Clare, Limerick and Kerry on the NEC in in 2015 and was Vice-President in 2020/2021.
Pádraig S Ó Conaill
Pádraig is a native of Lackaneen, a townland about half way between Macroom and Baile Mhúirne in Co. Cork. He attended Coolavokig N.S. and entered Coláiste Íosagáin in 1961. He then progressed to St. Pat’s, Drumcondra and graduated from there in 1967.
From 1967 to 1971 he attended UCC for evening studies and graduated with a BA and HDE.
He spent his entire 45 year teaching career in Cloghroe N.S., initially as class teacher and subsequently as Principal from 1980 to 2012.
He was very involved in INTO, was Secretary of Coachford Branch for many years and Secretary of District X11 from 1990 to 2012.
Pádraig has been Cathaoirleach of Cork RTAI Branch for the past 4 years. He has represented District 4 (Corcaigh and Íarchorcaí) on the NEC since 2016.
He is married to Nuala. Their daughter Deirdre is a primary teacher and their son Colm died of cancer in 2001.