I studied Philosophy, English Literature, Psychology and Italian at University College Cork. I previously had a sojourn (two years) studying Physics, which was joyous and character-building but didn't satisfyingly tackle life's profounder questions in the way Philosophy later would.
After completing a proper two-year M.A. in Philosophy (1st Class), I was accepted at Durham University for a PhD programme in the Philosophy of Mind/Psychiatry. This drew on the Phenomenology of Heidegger as a starting point. I had the honour of being a Tutor and occasional Lecturer here for five years. Fabulous.
As a student of human nature, I love to travel. I have had the great fortune to have travelled to many absurdly beautiful places - Venice, Budapest, Vienna, Transylvania (twice for that extra vampire thrill) Salzburg, Hull. Somewhat distasteful of being the 'mere tourist' I spent some months living in Northern Italy, three years in Spain, and over 10 years in England.
I was the Managing Editor, and Book Reviews Editor, for Durham University's Philosophy journal for a few years. I have lead the Philosophy and R.S. Department at my current school, with some success, since 2012, and the Economics and Business Departments for 18 months. I became an Associate Assistant Headteacher in 2015, and an Assistant Headteacher in 2018.
As School Mindfulness Lead, I have lead on the introduction of Mindfulness to my current school, and am a qualified trainer. I have always been interested in madness and mental health, and teenagers today, especially girls, are under severe pressures. I introduced Mindfulness practice to help the girls manage anxiety and to hone their focus and attention.