Meet the Team!

Students & Staff Glenstal Abbey Summer Camp 2015


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Connemara Maths Academy is proud to have the following outstanding members on the team:

The Connemara Maths Academy’s commitment to excellence is reflected in the multi talented teachers we are fortunate enough to have. Multi talented Oxford University trained, University College Dublin graduate and maths teaching Wind Surfer Instructor & Life Guard Mark Grennan joins US award winning ‘Teacher of the Year’ Northern Michigan University graduate Chuck Delpier for this year’s Summer Camps 2016. We are also delighted to welcome University of Limerick PE & Maths student Caoimhe Esslemont to the team. Caoimhe also has Life Saving & FAI Soccer Certificates and FAI trained Soccer Coach. Completing the creative educational technologies this summer are the excellent Sinéad Herlihy (Coding), Eamonn Dunne (Film), Niall McCormick (Robotics) and Gavin Timlin (Music Technology).

Caoimhe Esslemont B.Sc. PE & Maths Ed (U Limerick)

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Connemara native from the Carraroe Gaeltacht, Caoimhe is currently studying Physical Education in conjunction with Mathematics Education at the University of Limerick while also teaching at St Paul’s Secondary School in Oughterard, Connemara. Caoimhe is a keen athlete and swimmer with FAI Soccer and Life-Saving Certificates and plays Gaelic football and has years experience in the Summer Camp industry. We are delighted to have Caoimhe on the team with her unique skill set as an athlete, sportswoman, manager and educator.


Mark Grennan B.Sc., P.G.C.E. (UCD, Oxford U)

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A First Class Honours B.Sc. Graduate of Mathematical Sciences in University College Dublin, Mark is also a qualified wind surfing instructor and life guard. A brilliant young mathematics teacher Mark completed his teaching qualification (PGCE) at Oxford University following completion of the Mathematics Summer School at Trinity College Dublin. Mark is a very keen sportsman including playing inter-UCD tennis where he won the MacHale Tennis Cup and represented UCD Men’s Senior tennis team from 2009-2010. Mark has volunteered for Pieta House, has worked for Habitat for Humanity, in Zambia and was a teaching assistant in Kenya’s primary schools while also fund raising for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. CMA are thrilled to have such a brilliant teacher with us.

Chuck Delpier BA (Ed), MA Science Ed; (NMU)

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Chuck Delpier BA (Ed), MA (Science Ed), a graduate of  Northern Michigan University and winner of several teaching and education awards including Excellence in Education Award 2005 & 7, Regional Teacher of the Year Award 2008 and Julian Smith Award 2010 among many others, has vast experience teaching science in many educational systems including in the US, Middle East, Europe & Ireland. Chuck’s educational philosophy, inspired by American educator  ‘John Holt’ who famously said that “learning is not the result of teaching but as a result of the activity of the learner”. Chuck’s teaching experience ranges from Seattle Secondary to Northern Michigan University to Pobal Scoil Inbhear Sceine, Kenmare in County Kerry.

Sinead Herlihy M.Ed (UL)

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A wonderfully talented Technology in Education expert teacher, Sinéad is a graduate of University Limerick in Education and Anchor Arts School in New York City. Sinéad is also a course tutor with the Department of Education in Professional ‘Technology in Education’ Service Development for Teachers. Sinéad’s innovative and unique teaching strategies and methodologies using technology in education are very welcome on our programmes and our students are in for a treat.




Eamonn Dunne Dip, B.A. (UWUK)

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A graduate of the University of Wolverhampton in Digital Arts & Media and trained in Cinematography & Lighting, Eamonn’s roles have ranged from Director, Galway Arts Festival of TV to Camera Operator, Director & Editor while also working as mentor and tutor at the Galway Film Centre. Credits have included ‘Carry of Glamping’ (GMarsh), ‘Ros na Rún’ (TG4) and Director of ‘From Ash’ screened recently at the Fastnet Film Festival, Liverpool Irish, Toronto Irish and Irish Film Festival in Boston among many other roles. Eamonn’s wide range of experience in the film industry and his natural talent as a great teacher is a wonderful addition to the team.


Aengus O’Connor B.Sc., D.L.S., M.Phil., P.D.E. (UCD, Trinity College, DIT, NUI)

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CMA Founder & Director Aengus O’Connor B.Sc., D.L.S., M.Phil., P.D.E. has over 20 years’ experience in education, at both Post Primary and Third Level, nationally and internationally, including as Education Consultant (Technical Bridging) with Saudi Electric; Maths Specialist with the Abu Dhabi Education Council; School Director with the International School of Choueifat Damascus, Syria; Course Director, Senior Lecturer and Head of Audio at the Technology Innovation Centre, Birmingham City University, UK; Project Leader and Head Teacher with the Italian Ministry of Education; Head of Music at IST, Turin, Italy among other roles internationally while also having extensive experience teaching mathematics at Post Primary and Third Level in Ireland.

Aengus has worked in many different educational systems including Junior and Leaving Certificates, IGCSE, A Levels, International Baccalaureate Diploma, SAT, AP, Sabis System, Syrian National Baccalaureate and Brevet examinations, and draws on this experience when designing and delivering courses and programmes of learning. Aengus has also worked professionally for many years as a media and sound technologist, electric acoustic composer, producer and musician and brings these experiences to our courses and programmes of learning. This unique approach fosters a stimulating and uniquely dynamic learning environment where students can connect with the key mathematical concepts in many diverse and interesting ways, paving the way for real and meaningful mathematical understanding, where students may gain fluency, confidence and success.

Credits inlcude U2 (live at Freedom of City, Studio: ‘Sweetest Thing’); DARA, Sony Records, Abbey Road Studios, Producer Mike Hedges (Manic Street Preachers, Texas); Arranged, Conducted & Recorded Orchestral Score with George Higgs for the Soundtrack of ‘Park’ 2000 – feature film Premiered at Dublin Film Festival, Samson Films, Directed by John Carney (‘Once’ – Oscar Winner, ‘November Afternoon’ – RTE); Dublin Screen Orchestra (co-founder) – Orchestra Soundtrack For The Quiet Man; City Lights Screen Orchestra (co-founder) – performed a newly commissioned score to a screening of Nosferatu, Opening Night Dublin Film Festival, Rückert Orchestra (founder).

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Séan O’Sullivan of RTE ‘Dragon’s Den’ & CEO of SOS Ventures and founder of Learnstorm (formerly Mathletes Ireland) with Aengus O’Connor at presentation of CMA Scholarship 2015.


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