Teachers receive ASTI awards for outstanding contributions

Two second-level teachers recently received a 2014 ASTI Achievement Award for their outstanding contributions outside the classroom at a reception held in Dublin on May 23rd.

Ciarán Collins, a teacher of English and Irish at Hamilton High School in Bandon, Co. Cork, receive a 2014 ASTI Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to Ireland’s literary world. This has included the publication in 2013 of Ciarán’s debut novel The Gamal which received much critical acclaim.

Una O’Brien, a teacher of music at CEIST school, Presentation College, Currylea, Tuam, received a 2014 ASTI Achievement Award for her outstanding contribution to music in her school and her community. This has included a number of awards for Presentation College, Currylea including Best Orchestra in the Galway University Musical Awards and the Connacht Tribune Award for Best Musical Accompaniment.

Pictured above Presentation College, Currylea teacher Una O’Brien receives a 2014 ASTI Achievement Award from ASTI President Sally Maguire and ASTI General Secretary Pat King.

The ASTI Achievement Awards are presented annually to honour of teachers who not only play an important professional role in their schools, but whose talent, commitment and determination enables them and/ or their students to excel in areas such as sport, literature and music.

Previous award recipients include poet Noel Monahan, rural affairs campaigner and MEP Marian Harkin, and former Ireland rugby coach Eddie O’Sullivan.

Commenting on the 2014 ASTI Achievement Awards, ASTI President Sally Maguire said:

“The work carried out by teachers in the classroom is well recognised. However, what is much less visible is the contribution that teachers all over the country make outside the classroom which has significant benefits for young people, schools, local communities and society as a whole. This contribution plays a vital role in sustaining school communities and indeed entire communities during times of national crisis.”