Knock resident, Declan Quinn, has been named on the shortlist for the inaugural Teachers Inspire Ireland initiative.
The initiative, which is focused on highlighting the enormous contribution made by teachers in Irish society, was launched by Dublin City University (DCU) earlier this year, with the support of businessman and philanthropist Dermot Desmond.
Thereafter, DCU called for members of the public to share their personal stories of how a teacher transformed their lives and/or their community.
Twenty teachers – five from each province – have now been shortlisted from over 400 entries received from around the country.
None of the teachers knew they were nominated in advance.
Among them is Mr Quinn.
A native of Gurteen in Co Sligo, he is the principal of Dunmore Community School in County Galway and lives in Knock.
He was nominated for the Teachers Inspire Award by the parent of one of his students who experiences mental health difficulties and who has been strongly supported by Mr. Quinn.
A Teachers Inspire Ireland gala event will take place at The Helix, DCU, on Friday, October 4 when four of the shortlisted teachers – one from each province – will receive the inaugural Teachers Inspire Ireland Desmond Awards.