Mary Daly

What Not To Do / Mary Daly


– BA in Gaeilge, Geography & Archaeology

– PGD in Education Leadership & Management

– PGD in School Development Planning

– PGD in Cooperative Learning


Areas of Experience

Educational Leadership, Staff Development, Public Speaking, Educational Consultation, Teacher Education, Coaching, Mentoring

My Expertise

Upon graduating from NUI Galway, Mary began her teaching career in St Dominic’s College, Ballyfermot in 1977. She was appointed Principal in 2000, retiring in 2018 after some 41 years’ experience.

She has maintained strong links with Ballyfermot eg Ballyfermot Partnership Education Task Force and Ballyfermot 70 Years Committee and represents the local community on many committees, including Ballyfermot Youth Service and Ballyfermot College of Further Education.

During her time in St Dominic’s, her enduring philosophy and strong moral purpose has been to address educational inequality and raise the aspirations of students, staff and the local community of Ballyfermot. Under her leadership and management, St Dominic’s has become a leading DEIS school in terms of student retention, attainment and progression to Higher Education. Mary believes strongly that schools should develop strong links with the business community and other organisations in their local area to maximise the learning outcomes and experiences of the young people.

Representing Ireland at the European ‘Raising Achievement for All Learners’ Project, Mary had the opportunity to share principles of best practice with participants from across Europe.

Currently a lecturer and tutor on the ‘Future Leaders’ Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management in Maynooth University. Member of Le Chéile Trust and JMB DEIS Advisory Committees. Member of the Business in the Community Steering Committee, Aspire2 student Support which links schools with businesses. Chairperson and Trustee member of 2 Post primary schools.

My Articles

  • What not to do as a newly appointed Principal

    Taking time to reflect, cultivating leadership in the school community, improving instruction to enable teachers to teach at their best and students to learn effectively, has been the greatest learning.

  • What not to Do when Empowering the ‘Student Voice’

    The goal of inspiring student leaders is to create a culture of ownership, collaboration and community in the classroom. It’s easy to see that given the right opportunities, students will blossom to be leaders in fields that interest them, making a positive impact on society.

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