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Dr Gareth Byrne

Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education

Name: Dr Gareth Byrne
Department: Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education
Role: Director
Secondary Work Area: School of Human Development
Secondary Role: Academic Staff
Phone Number: 01 884 2088
Ext. 2088
Email Address:
Room: D114
Campus: DCU St Patricks Campus

Biographical Details

Dr. Gareth Byrne, Associate Professor of Religious Education, is Director of the Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education at the DCU Institute of Education, DCU St. Patrick's Campus. He is a member of the Institute of Education's Faculty Board. 

Dr. Byrne's teaching, research and engagement focus is on themes associated with Catholic education, religious education and faith development. He is a member of the executive of the Religion Teachers' Association of Ireland, of the National Faith Development Team of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference, of the Episcopal Council for Pastoral Renewal and Adult Faith Development, of the Episcopal Council for Catechetics and of the National Training Authority for the Permanent Diaconate and the Dublin Diocesan Board of Formation in Ministry.

Dr. Byrne is the Chairperson of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) Religious Education Development Group, developing the specification for Religious Education as a subject available to all students, as set out under the Framework for Junior Cycle 2015 published by the Department for Education and Skills.

Dr. Byrne was previously the Head of Religious Education (2010-2016) at Mater Dei Institute of Education. He was also the founding Director of the Irish Centre for Religious Education (2011-2016) and Coordinator of the RE pathway of DCU's Doctorate of Education Programme (2012-2016).

At various times Dr. Byrne has been Head of Education at Mater Dei Institute of Education (2006-2010), Academic Leader for Learning and Innovation (2009-2012) Chairperson of the BRelEd Programme (2008-2010), of the Institute's Masters Programmes (2000-2004 ), and joint-chairperson of the MREd(Primary), provided with St Patrick's College Drumcondra, (2001-2008). Previously he was Director of Holy Cross College Clonliffe, Dublin (1995-2000). He completed his licentiate and doctoral studies at the Salesian University in Rome (1989-1994), and taught religious education and was school chaplain at Colaiste Dhulaigh, Coolock, Dublin (1985-1989).

Gareth is a priest of Dublin Diocese and has twice been Chairperson of the Council of Priests in the Diocese.

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