The INOTE Team


Cathy Keane

Cathy is an English and RE teacher in Rockford Manor Presentation Secondary School in Dublin. She has been involved in the English Subject Association since 1992 and is a part-time lecturer in DCU Institute of Education delivering courses on Curriculum and Assessment along with Teaching Studies in the English Classroom to undergraduates.

Deirdre Carroll

Deirdre is an English teacher in St. Mary's CBS, Portlaoise for more than two decades. She fosters many literacy campaigns throughout the school. She also coordinates the debating teams and promotes Poetry Aloud and reading for pleasure. She has been an SEC examiner for some 20 years. Deirdre is an Associate for English and Communications LCA with the PDST. She has also delivered senior cycle CPD around the country since 2017.

Lisa Lynch

Lisa teaches English at Scoil Dara, Kilcock, Co. Kildare.  She strives to promote reading for pleasure. Lisa hosts staff and student book clubs and loves finding creative ways to involve parents and the wider school community in literacy initiatives 365 days of the year.

Mikey Meally

Mikey teaches English in St. Mary's Secondary School in Nenagh. Before that he spent nine years in Somerset as Head of A-Level English and Film Studies. He has contribued to a number of books on teaching poetry and Shakespeare.


Roisin Mernagh

Roisin lives in Kilkenny and has been teaching English for over 30 years, most recently in Colaiste Bride Mercy Secondary school in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. She has examined and advised for the SEC at Leaving Certificate higher level for over 25 years. She is a passionate advocate for progress in DEI and EAL in our school system.

Sarah Butler

Sarah is originally from Naas. She has been teaching English in Scoil Dara, Kilcock for more years than she cares to calculate. she mentors the debate team and runs the annual Scoil Dara Creative Writing Competition.

Sarah Kelly

Sarah is originally from Tipperary. She has been in the profession for 26 years and teaches English in Bandon Grammar School. As well as teaching and learning, poetry is a passion of Sarah's and she writes poems and stories in her spare time. She has had work published in Banshee and The Honest Ulsterman among others.

Siobhán Cronin

Siobhán Cronin is originally from Limerick now living the good life in Co. Waterford. She teaches English in St. Declan’s CC in Kilmacthomas. She is an Advising Examiner for Junior Cycle Higher Level English.


Ursula O'Connor

Ursula is originally from Kildare, living in Donegal.
Teacher of English and history in Mulroy College Milford. Involved in INOTE and ATE for 20 years.
Membership secretary.
North west regional coordinator for INOTE.
NCCA LC representative.
TUI branch chair for Co Donegal.

William Byrne

William is a proud Carlow man. He studied English and history in St. Patrick's Carlow College before doing his PME in DCU. The focus of his PME dissertation was on Assessment for Learning which is still a keen interest for him.