Deirdre Quinlan

Deirdre Quinlan


Deirdre is a freelance trainer and facilitator.  She has extensive experience in international youth work and life-long learning. She is also a founding member of C.L.E.A.R. and Eolas Soiléir and through her hard work for the organization, Eolas Soiléir has been granted educational charitable status by the Irish authorities. She has a deep commitment to education and non-formal education in particular.  She has a degree in communications, a post-grad qualification in youth and community work and has worked extensively to be a trainer/facilitator with an emphasis on using drama/creative methodologies.  She has project managed all of the projects thus far for C.L.E.A.R./Eolas Soiléir, including all logistics, financial aspects, planning, direction etc.  As her work is freelance she can devote a significant amount of her time to the activities of the organization.  She is a member of the trainer pool for Leargas the Irish National Agency for Erasmus+.


Deirdre Quinlan – Freelance trainer and facilitator.  Founding member of CLEAR/Eolas Soiléir

Jack Talbot – Teacher C.D.E.T.B. (Part Time) Freelance facilitator and designer.  Founding member of CLEAR/Eolas Soiléir

Maeve Foreman – Senior lecturer in Social work in Trinity College.

Laurence Van Der Hagen – Training and Development officer in Ballymun.

Shane O’Connor – Development Education Facilitator

Nike Ruf – Organic Horticulturalist

Gareth Conlon – Facilitator /Student

Geraldine Quinlan – Drama Therapist

Enda O’Brien – Photographer/Videographer tutor

Jack Talbot

Jack Talbot


Jack works in Ballymun in Dublin as a part-time teacher with the National organization, Youthreach. He is a member of the Teaching Council of Ireland. He teaches creative media expression, outdoor activities and intercultural studies. He previously worked as an independent producer for RTE and TG4. Jack is a committed lifelong learner with the experience of leaving formal school at 15 to start an apprenticeship as a gas fitter and plumber, returning to education at 22 to complete a Diploma in Communications and in 2007 was conferred with Bs. Hons. Degree in Education and Training from Dublin City University. Much of his life long learning experience is gained from being a father to four children. He also has a postgrad diploma in Education Leadership from DCU. At present his work for Eolas Soiléir is centered on the design and delivery of residential courses in active learning of development education (DE) for young adults and the sustainable development of the facilities in the centre.

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