STAFF | Powerstown Educate Together National School, Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15

Staff   @   Powerstown     E. T. N. S.


Helena Trench

Helena is the Principal of Powerstown ETNS. Helena is the Leader of Learning within the school and promotes a positive learning environment that encourages communication and respect between staff, parents and pupils. Helena ensures that all staff and parents have high expectations of the pupils and that students’ progress is continuously monitored. Helena promotes the involvement of students in decision making process and ensures they have the opportunity to take on positions of responsibility and leadership within the school. Helena emphaises the need for parental involvment in the school and encoruages parents to participate in parent and child workshops, shared reading, maths for fun, science for fun, adult education and any other skill or interest set that parents would like to share.
Helena has a Bachelor in Education and a Masters of Science in Technology and Education from Trinity College Dublin. She worked in all class from Junior Infants to 6th class and also worked as Home School Liaison Officer in Dublin City Centre. Helena then worked as Deputy Principal in Swords before commencing employment in Powerstown ETNS in June 2011.
Helena can be contacted at or 01 8272018

Cróna Glynn

Cróna is our Deputy Principal and our SEN co-coordinator. Cróna is responsible for the school’s Gaeilge curriculum development.
Cróna is a Gaeilgeoir, who spends her summers in the Gaeltacht on Arranmore island in Donegal. Cróna is a big lover of Irish music and plays the concertina and the tin whistle.
Cróna has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from NUIG.  She later studied for a Post Graduate Degree in Primary Education in Cólaiste Mhuire Marino. Last year Cróna completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education in St. Angela’s College, Sligo, with a particular focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Cróna worked in Carlow and in Swords before joining the staff in August 2012.
Cróna can be contacted at



Gráinne Ryan

Gráinne is a dedicated sports lady, who plays Camogie for Na Fianna GAA club and for the Dublin Ladies Camogie team. She has also worked as a GAA Development Officer.
Gráinne completed and Arts Degree in St. Patrick’s College and continued on to complete Post Graduate Degree in Teaching. Gráinne worked in numerous schools in Dublin before joining our staff in August 2012.
Gráinne can be contacted via email: or 01 8272018. 


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Aoife McGonigle

Aoife is our Birch Class teacher. She works closely with our Speech and Language Therapist, Ruth to support children in her class. 
Aoife is our Learn Together co-ordinator and S.E.S.E. co-ordinator.
Aoife has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Archaeology, a Masters in History and worked as an archaeologist, historian and museum education officer before attending Froebel College of Education. Here she received a post-graduate degree in primary education. Aoife worked in Cavan and Dublin before joining us in August 2014.
Aoife loves history and enjoys visiting museums, galleries and cultural events.
Aoife can be contacted at or on 01 8272018

Gary McDermott

Gary completed his Bachelor of Education in St. Mary’s University, London and taught in England for a number of years. He then taught for a year in Co. Down before moving to Dublin to work in the Child Welfare Department of the FAI. Gary is delighted to have joined the Powerstown team.
Gary loves sports and music, spending his spare time cycling or watching GAA and soccer.
Gary can be contacted at or at the school on 01 8272018.

Siobhán Maunsell

Siobhán has a degree in Visual Communication and spent many years working as a graphic designer before completing her postgraduate diploma in Primary Education. A lover of the Arts, Siobhán values creativity and enjoys passing on this passion to the children she teaches. She loves to travel, draw, run, do yoga and learn about other cultures. Siobhán worked in Maynooth and in numerous schools in Dublin before joining our staff. She loves teaching the Arts subjects, SESE subjects and has a strong interest in literacy and environmental education. She is looking forward to a fantastic year ahead.
Siobhán can be contacted via email: or 01 8272018

Andy Flaherty

Andy is our Physical Education co-ordinator.
Andy has a bachelor of arts in Irish Studies and Religion and has just completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Primary School Education. Andy has been working in Powerstown since 2012 and this is his first year as a teacher.
Andy loves sport and music. He plays gaelic football and hurling and plays the button accordion. He looks forward to developing the sports program in the school over the coming year.
Andy can be contacted via email or 01 8272018.

Eoin Mernagh

Eoin is the ICT co-ordinator for the school.
Eoin has a big interest in technology and studied software development before returning to college for my Bachelor of Education.
He likes to bring creative and fun uses for technology into my classroom! He also loves to read and cook!
Eoin can be contacted at or at the school on 01 8272018.

Linzi Mullen

Linzi completed a Bachelor of Education Degree with Religious Studies from the University of Chester. After her degree Linzi returned to her home town of Omagh in Northern Ireland where she have loved being a primary school teacher for 10 years.
Linzi enjoys travelling and she has been a volunteer teacher and children’s worker in Brazil, Kenya, New York, Peru, Philippines and Zambia. Linzi also loves music, drama, ICT and photography.
Linzi can be contacted at or 01 8272018.
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Maeve Collopy

Maeve is our SPHE Co-ordinator and Maths Co-ordinator in the school. Maeve is also our Teacher representative on our active parent Teacher Association.
” I just wanted to say a huge big welcome to all the kids starting school. This school is a fantastic place to work and learn- thanks to the wonderful children that come here.
I am really excited about the year ahead and all the wonderful things the children will experience. I am also looking forward to getting to know all the parents that bit more as I will be working with them this year. I hope to create a positive links between the school and home life.
I wish everybody a wonderful year of learning and growth together. If you see me in the corridor don’t be shy – say hi! I love to hear how you and your child are getting on.”
Maeve can be contact at or 01 8272018



Elaine Cleary

Elaine is our Music Co-ordinator in the school.
Elaine has taught in France, London and various schools around Dublin, including a school for children with dyslexia, before joining the staff in August 2015.
Elaine loves languages, travelling, singing and cooking and is looking forward to a fun-filled and active year in Senior Infants.
Elaine can be contacted via email:

Stephen Flanagan

Stephen is the Science Co-ordinator in the school.
Stephen has a huge interest in music and hopes to bring it into the classroom as much as possible. He plays the guitar, sings and am is currently teaching himself the ukulele! He also loves to run and has a passion for computers and technology.
Stephen completed an Arts degree and a Masters degree before returning to college to obtain my diploma in teaching.
I can be reached at or at the school on 01 8272018.

Luke Cape

Luke worked in the film and music industry after completing a degree in Music Technology in Queen’s University,Belfast. Following this, he taught English in South Korea before returning home to Ireland to complete his Professional Masters in Primary Education (PME) in Dublin. 
Luke has a big interest in Technology, Music, Geography and Languages. He is looking forward to integrating these into the learning of the 5th and 6th class pupils this year. He likes cycling, swimming and travel on his time off.
Luke can be contacted via email at or 01 8272018.

Róisín Grimes

Róisín has a Bachelor of Arts degree in European Studies from the University of Limerick where she studied Spanish, History, Law and Sociology. She worked in marketing and PR for Tourism Ireland in Canada before attending Marino Institute of Education. She received a post graduate degree in primary teaching.
Róisín loves to read, travel and cheer on her native Mayo in GAA. She enjoys the outdoors and is working towards achieving her blue belt in kick boxing.
Róisin can be reached at or at the school on 01 8272018.

James Hawe

James is a big rugby and cricket fan and loves to cycle whenever he can. He is looking forward to getting involved in the after school sports fun! Outside the world of sport James loves art, music and reading.
James has a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Trinity College and has just completed a Professional Masters of Education.
James can be reached at or at the school on 01 8272018.



Anita Woods

Anita Studied Equine Science at the University of Limerick. She went on to work in a number of Laboratories before deciding to return to education. Anita has just completed a Professional Masters in Primary Education.
Anita has a specific interest in Science and enjoys travelling.
Anita can be contacted at or 01 8272018



Ronan Bennett

Ronan is from a little village called Conna in Co. Cork! He has a Bachelor of Education from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
Literacy and Visual Art are two of his biggest interests in both his professional and personal life and he
can’t wait to share them with his class at Powerstown to bring some life and colour to theur day!
Acting is also something he is passionate about and when he is not rehearsing for a production, he is in
the audience watching other actors do their thing. Being dramatic can be a good thing sometimes!
Over that past few years, he have spent time volunteering in The Philippines and The United States
and he hopes the contact he keeps with the organisations he is involved with can benefit the children in
his class for the coming year.
Ronan can be reached at or at the school on 01 8272018.

Shauna O’Brien

Shauna is from Tipperary, The Premier County! (Up Tipp!)
She has a Bachelor of Education with Specialism in Music Degree from Mary Immaculate College Limerick where she studied for 4 years.
She is new to Powerstown ET School and she is so excited to work with everyone.
Shauna loves music. She have been part of and conducted various choirs over the years and she has all her grades for the flute. She is currently working on her piano and guitar skills!
Outside of school Shauna loves travel and food. SHe has worked in and visited many countries such as America and South East Asia where she experienced different food and cultures.
Shauna can be contacted at or at the school on 01 8272018.
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Diarmaid Elliffe

Diarmaid is a sports fanatic with a particular love of GAA and Swimming. In his youth he was part of the Swim Ireland National Squad, however he now just competes in sea swims and triathlons. He also have a love of childrens’ literature with David Walliams becoming his favourive author. 
He completed a Commerce degree in NUI Galway before completing a Post Graduate Masters in Education. He has worked as a Business Anaylst in the financial sector before deciding that teaching was the right career choice for him. He is very excited about joining Powerstown ETNS and is looking forward to a great year ahead.
Diarmaid can be contacted at or at the school on 01 8272018.

Aoife Connaughton

Aoife completed the new four year undergraduate B.Ed. course at St.Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and graduated in 2016. She is from Co.Mayo and has a huge interest in the GAA. (Mayo for Sam!) She plays Gaelic football and has received three All Ireland Medals with her secondary school and college teams. She loves to coach underage teams, work at sports camps and to share her enthusiasm for sport with the youth of today.
She is also interested in music, singing, athletics and dance.
She is looking forward to the year ahead and getting to know the children, staff and parents of Powerstown Educate Together National School.
Aoife can be contacted at or at the school on 01 8272018.
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Sharon Carr

Sharon is our most senior Special Needs Assistant. She joined our team in September 2011 and has worked with all children and pupils in the school. Sharon can regulary be seen in the office and the yard or cataloguing our books and resources for our libraries.
This year, Sharon works primarily with 2nd – 6th class, however she will also be seen regulary in Junior Classes.

Anna Karman

Anna is our Special Needs Assistant working primarily with Rose Class.
“I’m a member of Powerstown Educate Together N.S. team for the last four years. Originally I’m from Poland. I moved to Dublin in 2004. I’m an enthusiastic person who loves to help and assist the children to reach their potential. On my free time I enjoy cycling. Travelling; learning different cultures and taking pictures are my passion.”
Anna graduated from Pedagogical University in Poland, where she studied Pedagogy and specialized in Primary Teaching. She has FETAC level 5&6 in Montessori Education, and FETAC level 6 as Special Needs Assistant.

Lorraine Kelly

Hi I’m Lorraine. I’m a Special Needs assistance and this year I will be working in the Sycamore Class with Elaine. I have a number of years experience working with children in creches. I have a love and passion when it comes to working with children. Lorraine has completed FETAC level 6 in Special Needs Assistant this year.
I love sports music and horse riding.
I’m looking forward to a fun filled year at Powerstown.
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Theresa O’Connor

Theresa O’Connor is an SNA this year with the Willow Class.This is Theresa’s third year in the school. Theresa has a Distinction in FETAC 5 in Special Needs Assisting. She has a certificate in Psychology from NUI Maynooth, and an extra mural studies Diploma in NUI Maynooth in pre-school education. Theresa also studied Complementary Therapy in Kinesiology and Education Kinesiology and gained  a certificate in Primitive and postural reflexes.
Theresa loves Pilates and reading .  She  enjoyed working with the children in the after school sports activities last year.
Theresa has continued her studies last year and completed a course in  Behavioural Technician with Trinity College. This year Theresa completed the Elkan course in speech and language support. Theresa looks forward to the year ahead and  working with the children in 1st class.

Conor Moroney

Conor is one of our new staff members and will be working as an SNA in the Birch Room with Aoife. He has previous experience working with primary school children in an ASD unit and is looking forward to the new school year.
Conor completed a B.A. in English Literature and Classics before obtaining a FETAC Level 6 in Special Needs Assistance.

Ildikó Toth-Felete

“Hi, my name is Ildi and I am a Special Needs Assistant in the Ash class, working with Ann Marie with the junior infants. I am very excited to join Powerstown ET this year. I have a bachelor honours degree in Special Needs Teaching from Hungary, a Fetac 6 Montessori Diploma and a Fetac 5&6 in Special Needs Assisting. I have been always around and working with children. I love arts& crafts, reading, playing board games and I am eager to learn new things.”


Hi, my name is Luise. I’m a Special Needs Assistant in the Holly Class.
I’m from Berlin, Germany. I completed a FETAC Level 5 in Special Needs Assisting last year, having previously studied Social Work, obtaining a bachelor degree in 2014. I spent some time as a social worker in Berlin, as well as working in an orphanage. I have lived in Ireland for just over two years.
My big interests are travelling, art and crafts, sewing and dancing.
I love working with children and I´m delighted to be part of the staff at Powerstown

Simona Chelemen – Popescu

My name is Simona, and I am a Special Needs Assistant in Junior Infant class with Anita, with FETAC 7. I have worked for 3 years in creche, as wobbler teacher and afterschool teacher. I love being around children, getting involved in different activities with them, and seeing and taking part of their progression. I am very happy to work with such a great staff, they`re like a second family to me. In my free time, I love being around my daughter and having fun with her, doing all kind of fun activities.

Ruth Fitzsimons – Speech and Language Therapist (HSE)

Ruth is the speech and language therapist who works with the Language Class (Birch Class) for 2.5 days per week (link to PETNS page for SSLD class)
Ruth is from Dublin and has a BA in European Studies (with Russian and French) from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc in Speech and Language Therapy from City University London.
Ruth enjoys working as a part of a team to help children’s language and communication development. Ruth previously worked in children’s disability services and now works with the HSE primary care team in Dublin North West (
In her spare time, Ruth likes reading, walking, cycling, tag rugby and singing in a choir.

Ann Dunne

Ann is our secretary and the first face you meet when you come to our school. Ann works in the school office from 9am – 2pm daily.  If you want to make an appointment with a teacher or the principal Ann can schedule this for you. Ann can give messages to class teachers for you and is there to answer any queries you may have. Ann can be contacted in the office via email or by calling 01 8272018

Virgil Gache

Virgil is our Caretaker. Virgil is a DIY master and loves the outdoors and gardening. Virgil is from Romania and is living in the community.