Maynooth University Certificate Programme in Restorative Practices and Mediation


This Mediation and Restorative Practices programme has been planned with a special emphasis for those who work within the justice system. At level 8 on the National Framework this course is designed to equip the participants with the knowledge and skills to use Restorative Practice in their work.

Topics covered will include:

  • Mediation, theory and practice
  • Restorative Practice theory
  • Restorative approaches to dialogue, culture and change
  • Practical applications of theory
  • Input from practitioners in the field
  • Different applications of Restorative Practice
  • Restorative Circles.

Assessment will be by keeping a Learning Journal, Assignments (Essay, Article Review & Process Recording) and a Proposal for a Restorative Project in an organisation or community.

The course will take place in Maynooth University during

  • Three days in the summer of 2015 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 18th 19th and 20th August 2015
  • Six Saturdays scheduled during the year on the first Saturday of every month,  5th September, 3rd October, 7th November, 2015, the 6th February, 5th March, 2nd April 2016
  • Finishing with three days, 5th, 6th and 7th July 2016

Cost €1,250

This programme is delivered through the Edward M Kennedy Institute in partnership with the School of Adult Education.

Applications to:

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St Mary’s HF Glasnevin celebrates 75 years

image001On December 8th 1939 the President, Douglas Hyde, an Taoiseach, Eamon De Valera and other dignitaries of the day attended the laying of the foundation stone of our impressive red brick school that currently caters for over 700 students. A celebration on December 7th and 8th marked the anniversary and acclaimed the provision of excellence in education to thousands of students through the decades.

The school opened its doors on Sunday December 7th to past pupils, former teachers and friends of St Mary’s. The Gym was the Welcome area where visitors were given a map of the school and invited to have refreshments in the Choir Hall after their trip down memory lane. The school was festooned with photographs, memorabilia and interesting facts about St Mary’s over the years. Many of the artefacts were supplied by Sr. Alice, archivist in the Holy Faith Convent adjoining the school. Sr. Jacinta Prunty gave a talk on the long history of St Mary’s, Glasnevin informing the captivated audience that the boarding school was founded in 1873 to provide an education for “respectable girls.’’ The corridors rang with laughter as people of all ages remembered and related incidents from their schooldays. The current students who acted as hostesses for the day were delighted with the stories from the past. Past pupils who were among the first boarders spoke about their experience of the then brand new building, evacuations to air raid bunkers during WW2 and hearing the Luftwaffe bombs exploding in North Strand. More recent past pupils delighted their teachers with their achievements since leaving St. Mary’s.

The day concluded with Mass in the Convent chapel celebrated by Fr Richard Sheehy. The school choir sang beautifully directed by Ms O’Rourke and Mr. Coll. The Board of Management paid tribute to the dedicated, talented staff in St Mary’s and presented the school with four beautiful porcelain pieces by Isobel Egan, each piece has a quote from the foundress of the Holy Faith order, Margaret Alyward .The pieces have been hung in the entrance hallway to the school for all to enjoy. The Board also presented Mrs. Margaret Lennon, the Principal, with a personal gift to acknowledge her visionary leadership.

On Monday 8th December, the School Community celebrated the 75th Jubilee. The Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin addressed the 6th Years and the staff of St Mary’s. All other year groups attended a Prayer Service organised by the Religion Department. The day ended with a quiz ‘’How well do you know St Mary’s? “

Many thanks to all who helped organise this momentous event in the history of the school. The spirit of hard work, collaboration and dedication to education lives on in St Mary’s and will continue to do so for many, many more years, enabling the provision of an excellent all round education for “respectable girls.”

Ms. Anne Murphy

Former Deputy Principal (2007 – 2014)

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Christina Noble visits St. Louis Rathmines on Pay it Forward Day

pay it Forward day 2015On Pay it Forward Day Students in St. Louis Rathmines prepared slips of paper with 'good deeds' written on them and handed them out in the school foyer as students came in to school leading to a day of great excitement and positivity throughout the school. As it happened, Christina Noble from the Christina Noble Foundation was visiting the school on the same day where she spoke to a large cohort of students about the work the foundation does with abandoned children in Vietnam and in Mongolia. The 6th Year Social education class and the Student Representative Council raised €950 for the organisation and they presented the cheque to Christina - a real 'pay it forward' gesture. This all happened as a result of the 6th Years attending the film on the life of Christina Noble last Christmas. A student 'tweeted' that she was very inspired by the film. The 'tweet' was picked up by the Christina Noble foundation who enquired as to what school had brought students to see the film and made contact offering to visit the school. The extreme warmth and loving personality of Christian Noble made the visit a special occasion and the girls really engaged with her making the first Pay it Forward Day a memorable one in St. Louis Rathmines.

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Image 2 SLHS caoimhe Kenny with Christina Noble
SLHS students with Christina Noble

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