Ashfield College teachers are some of the best performing teachers, recruited from top Irish schools. Our teachers are renowned subject specialists and include Leaving Certificate examiners, text book authors and teacher trainers. Below is a selection of our some of our wonderful team. Imagine working with teachers this good every day!

Tom Blanche

English (H)

Tom has taught English and Religion for several years before his role as Principal for 12 years. Since then, Tom has taken on the role of Head of Assessment and Study Mentor at Ashfield College where he guides, supports, and motivates the students throughout their time here.

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Seamus O’Sullivan


Seamus has both a B.A. and Masters in Classical studies – including Latin and Ancient Greek. He has taught Classical Studies and Latin for the Leaving Cert. and Junior Cert. in several schools throughout Dublin. Seamus has also taught history, Irish, and CSPE at Junior Level, and some Ancient Greek. Seamus worked closely with the...

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Romy Greham


Romy graduated with a 2.1 in a Bachelor of Education in Mater Dei Institute of Education in 2016. Romy then went on and completed a Masters in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care with a 2.1 degree in 2018. She had been Pastoral Counselling and Teaching for 5 years, and then joined the team in Ashfield in...

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Maria Whelan


Maria is a second level teacher of Irish for the past 13 years. She has a grá for Gaeilge and endeavours to inspire the same in her students. Maria spends time every summer working in Gaeltacht courses and has also worked as a Leaving Certificate examiner. She uses this experience in her teaching to help...

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Luke Bowden

Design & Communication Graphics HL & OL

Luke is a graduate of Design and Technology Education from GMIT Letterfrack, a teacher training course for the subject of Materials Technology (Wood), Technical Graphics, Construction Studies and Design and Communication Graphics. Since 2016, Luke has worked at Kingswood Community College in Dublin 24, where he also leads digital learning, the school’s engagement with Universal...

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Luca de Santis


Luca is an experienced and qualified Academic Coordinator and Language Teacher. Luca is functionally bilingual in Italian and English and speaks Japanese fluently. He has worked in Italy, the UK, Japan, and Ireland. In addition to a master’s degree in East Asian Studies, Luca holds an M. Phil. in Applied Linguistics (Distinction) at Trinity College,...

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Lisa Ward

Home Economics

Lisa qualified from St. Angelas College in Sligo, with a Bachelor of Education in Home Economics. During this time, she published a dissertation on “Education for Sustainable Development” an area that encompasses many of the core elements of the Leaving Certificate Home Economics syllabus. She has extensive experience as a Leaving Certificate examiner at all...

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Lisa Malibet

SUBJECT: Applied Maths

Lisa is a Maths, Applied Maths and Physics teacher with 7 years’ experience. She enjoys breaking down complex topics into simpler terms making maths and physics a fun, enjoyable experience. Her aim is to make her subject clear, accessible, and interesting so that students will want to continue studying.

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Jose Garrido


After qualifying as a Secondary School teacher in Spain, Jose moved to Ireland where he has been teaching Spanish. He has been teaching Spanish for almost 20 years. After completing an MA in Translation Studies (DCU, 2005), he taught in DIT, UCD and Instituto Cervantes (where he is also an official examiner). Jose has been...

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Joan O’Callaghan


Joan graduated from UCC where she was a tutor of mathematics before she began her career as a maths teacher at second level. She has been associated with Ashfield College for many years and has vast experience at Leaving Certificate at all levels, with both teaching and being an assistant examiner for the Department of...

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Eimear McCrory

SUBJECT: Later Modern History & Religious Education

Eimear studied Law at the University of Dundee for four years. She then pursued her historic interest and undertook a Master’s in history at the University of Glasgow. During this time, she published a dissertation on America and the Good Friday Agreement. This journey allowed her to interview political figures throughout Ireland. Eimear completed her...

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Dr. Laura Walsh


Dr. Laura studied Physics and Physics Technology in Dublin Institute of Technology and graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree. After taking some time to travel the world, Dr. Laura returned to Dublin and began working as an assistant lecturer in the School of Physics whilst writing her PhD proposal. Having secured funding Dr. Laura began...

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Dr Joe Gallagher

Guidance Counsellor

Joe Gallagher is a Guidance Counsellor with 25 years experience guiding students through the post school choices process, including CAO,UCAS and Further Education.

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Antonia Ní Bhrádaigh


Antonia is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and joined Ashfield in 2020. She is passionate about the importance of Irish in education and enjoys fostering a positive learning environment for all students in the classroom.

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Anne Scully

SUBJECT: Biology

Anne Scully is one of Ireland’s best loved and most experienced Biology teachers. Her passion for her subject and ability to engage her students is second-to-none.

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Amy Corrigan


Amy began her career working as an actuary working in the life insurance industry before moving into private equity. She discovered her passion for teaching while giving private one to one tuition so decided to pursue a career in education where she hasn’t looked back since!

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Peter Jackson

Subjects: Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry

Peter is the author of several Leaving Cert text books in both Biology and Chemistry and has extensive experience as an Examiner for the State Exams Commission.

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Nicky Dowling


Nicky is a dynamic and inspirational teacher of modern languages, who graduated with the highest grade ever achieved for the PGCE from the University of Manchester. 

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Jennifer Skelly

Subjects: English HL Geography HL & OL

Jennifer is an exceptionally popular and effective teacher who has taught both Geography and English at Ashfield College for more than five years.

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Philip Curry


Philip has taught Business subjects for the Leaving Cert. for over 28 years and he is an experienced exam corrector with the SEC for the last 16 years. Philip has written two exam revision books along with educational supplements for various publications and owns the website He has lectured to trainee teachers at Hibernia College and has spoken at numerous educational seminars to students and teachers alike.

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Sarah Clarke

Subjects: Art

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Kathleen Murphy

Subject: MUSIC HL & OL

Kathleen has been preparing and conducting Practical Music exams for the Leaving Cert for 10 years and is similarly experienced in teaching.

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Niamh Condon


Niamh is an experienced science teacher who believes in preparing students for real-world, professional success.

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Maitiú Ó Faoláin

Subjects: Irish, Irish for Primary Teaching

Maitiú has over eleven years’ experience teaching Irish, including being a senior member of the teaching staff in Coláiste Árainn Mhóir Donegal.

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Darran Breathnach

Subject: Irish for Primary Teaching

Darran is a secondary school teacher of Irish and Geography for the past 10 years. He puts a massive emphasis on the spoken language and firmly believes that this improves all aspects of the language.

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Eoghan Casey

Subject: HPAT Preparation

Eoghan Casey is a Barrister-at-Law. He also holds a First Class Honours Degree in Mathematical Science and has taught at secondary and university level.

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Dr Ali Selim

Subject: Arabic

Since 1999, Dr Selim has been teaching Arabic to native and non-native speakers and lectures in Arabic studies at Trinity College.

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