Niamh Mcguirk


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Niamh lectures in Ethical and Intercultural Education in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. Previously, Niamh taught in an Educate Together school for ten years. Her experience includes working as Learn Together Ethical Education Co-coordinator, and as a pre-service and in-service facilitator for Educate Together. Niamh also spent a number of years lecturing on the Master in Education Studies (Intercultural Education) in Marino Institute of Education. She has co-authored a number of teaching resources on social justice themes. Niamh is currently completing a Doctorate in Education (SPD/DCU) and her research interests include racism and anti-racism, ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, religion and education, school ethos, and citizenship.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2021 Kavanagh, A and McGuirk, N. (2021) 'Beginning conversations about difference, race, ethnicity and racism through ethical education' In: Teaching for social justice and sustainable development across the primary curriculum. Abingdon : Routledge.

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2021 McGuirk, N. (2021) Sociology Association of Ireland: Atomised Solidarities: Together/Apart- Race, ethnicity and education panel session Anti-racism Education: Teachers’ emerging understandings of whiteness Online, .
2021 McGuirk, N. (2021) DCU Postgraduate Research Unconference Trustworthiness in qualitative research: Positionality and reflexivity in a doctoral study exploring primary teachers’ conceptualisations and practices of anti-racism education Online, .
2020 McGuirk, N. (2020) ESAI Conference: Opening Up Education: Options, Obstacles and Opportunities Anti-racism education: problematizing the racialized identities of teachers in the primary classroom Online, .
2019 McGuirk, N (2019) Diversity in Teaching (DiT) Research Symposium Anti-racism Education: Problematizing Primary Teachers’ Racialized Identities National University of Ireland, Galway, .
2019 McGuirk, N (2019) SCOTENS Conference: Leadership across Boundaries: Challenges for Educators and Teacher Educators Anti-racism education in Educate Together primary schools: an exploration of teachers’ conceptualisations and practices Co. Cavan, Ireland, .
2016 McGuirk, N. (2016) Citizenship Education 100 Years On: SPHE Network Conference Positionality, perceptions and pedagogy; primary teachers’ understandings and experiences of racisms and education for anti-racism Maynooth University, .
2016 Kavanagh, A.M. & McGuirk, N. (2016) (2016) Ethical Education Symposium Teaching Beliefs and Values in the Primary School DCU Institute of Education, Dublin, .
2015 McGuirk, N. (2015) Educate Together Conference: Understanding Ethical Education in a Modern Irish Republic: Cherishing all children of the nation equally? Panel Discussion: How can Ethical Education cherish all children equally? Dublin, .
2015 McGuirk, N. (2015) Educate Together Conference: Understanding Ethical Education in a Modern Irish Republic: Cherishing all children of the nation equally? Crossing the Curriculum and Cultivating Critical Thinking Dublin, .
2008 McGuirk, N. (2008) Human Rights Education for a Sustainable Future School Works! and the Education Rights Development Project Workshop Dublin, .
2007 McGuirk, N (2007) INTO Professional Development Seminar and Review Intercultural Education – Challenging Perspectives Dublin, .
2007 McGuirk, N (2007) Educate Together Forum The teacher in the multicultural classroom Dublin, .

Published Report

Year Publication
2013 McGuirk, N. & Kehoe, S. (2013) Prevention and early intervention in children and young people’s services: Promoting inclusion. Centre for Effective Services, . [Link]
2013 McGuirk, N. & Kehoe, S. (2013) Briefing paper - Prevention and early intervention in children and young people’s services. Centre for Effective Services, .

Invited Seminars

Year Publication
2021 McGuirk, N. (2021) Belief Systems - teaching beyond festivals and celebrations. Belief Systems - teaching beyond festivals and celebrations. Educate Together Ethical Education Seminar Series (Online). INVS

Guidelines for Practice

Year Publication
2010 Morris, L. & McGuirk, N. (2010) New beginnings: Teaching pack. Dublin: GFP [Link]
2009 Morris, L. & McGuirk, N. (2009) Team spirit: Teaching pack. Dublin: GFP [Link]
2008 Irish National Teachers' Organisation (2008) School Works! Child Labour, the Right to Education and Fairtrade: Teaching Pack. GFP [Link]
2008 Morris, L. & McGuirk, N. (2008) The memory box: Teaching pack. Dublin: GFP [Link]
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Professional Associations

Association Function From / To
Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education Member 01/09/2019 -
SIG: Belief Systems, Ethics and Philosophy in Education (BEPE) Member 01/09/2016 - 30/06/2018
SPHE Network Member 01/09/2015 - 30/06/2019


Committee Function From / To
Expert Advisory Board Member 'EDUCATE- Educating About Difference Uniting Classrooms and Teacher Education' Action Research Project 31/03/2022 -
Advisory Committee Member 'INOVATE Integrating Our Voices Across Teacher Education' Research Project 01/01/2022 -
Advisory Committee for ETBI Community National Schools Goodness Me Goodness You Support Material -
Working Group for Educate Together Learn Together (ethical education curriculum) Review -
Research Advisory Committee for the CHRCE/IHREC scoping study on issues facing second-generation minority ethnic young people in Ireland 01/09/2020 - 01/07/2021


Language Reading Writing Speaking
Spanish Fluent Fluent Fluent
Arabic Basic
German Basic Basic Functional

Research Interests

Niamh is currently completing a Doctorate in Education (SPD/DCU) under the working title: An exploration of Educate Together primary school teachers' understandings of racisms and anti-racisms and of their experiences of teaching about racisms and anti-racisms.

Niamh's other research interests include critical multiculturalism, intercultural education, multicultural education, antiracist education, ethics and ethical education, critical race theory, critical pedagogy, race and ethnicity, racism and anti-racism, multiculturalism, religion and education, school ethos, and citizenship.

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2022 Philosophy, Ethics ED3048
2022 Description of 2021_AP703 AP703