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Laois’s newest secondary school announce appointment of new principal

Dympna Kelly Dunamase College New

Laois’s newest secondary school have announced that they have appointed a brand new principal.

Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board (LOETB) has confirmed that Ms Dympna Kelly as the new principal for Dunamase College – Coláiste Dhún Másc in Portlaoise.

Dympna is currently deputy principal in Ardscoil na Tríonóide, Athy, Kildare having taken up that position in 2017.

Prior to that Dympna held a number of middle leadership positions in the school as well as teaching Irish and Geography for many years.

Ms Kelly is originally from Offaly but now lives in Laois.

She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her new role in Dunamase College – Coláiste Dhún Másc, including the promotion of effective teaching and learning strategies, student support, progressive school projects and technology enhanced learning.

Dympna officially replaces Stradbally woman Aoife Elster who retired from the role last year.

In congratulating Dympna on her appointment, LOETB’s Director of Schools, Linda Tynan said “I look forward to supporting Dympna in her new role.

“She joins an excellent school with a committed and dynamic staff, placing the students at the centre of their learning to realise their fullest potential.”

Joe Cunningham, Chief Executive at LOETB congratulated Dympna on her new appointment.

He said: “Dympna joins the school at an exciting stage in its development.

“The school has experienced significant growth since it first opened to students in 2017 and has consistently delivered quality learning experiences for all students.

“It also offers increased choice for parents and students at post-primary level.”

The school is currently based in the centre of the town, and work has commenced on the new €24.5million 1,000 pupil school which will be located on the Timahoe Road.

Dunamase College is an English-medium, co educational, multidenominational school which includes an Aonad Lán-Gaeilge, where students can study all the subjects through Irish.

LOETB is the school Patron with An Forus Pátrúnachta as Trustee Partner. Dunamase College – Coláiste Dhún Másc is one of nine post primary schools under the patronage of LOETB, the largest education and training provider in Laois and Offaly.

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