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Holy Child School Killiney Holy Child School Killiney
Board of Management

Board of Management

The Board of Management is responsible for ensuring that the school adheres to, and implements the Holy Child philosophy of education. The Board is accountable to the Holy Child Trust. Each Board member serves for a term of three years.

Holy Child School Killiney Board of Management

The Board of Management members are:

Dr. Eileen O'Connor (Chair)

Dr. Eileen O’Connor, Chairperson, was invited to join the Board of Management of HCK in 2013 as a Trustee nominee. She has recently retired from her position as Director of the Drumcondra Education Centre which she held for eleven years. Eileen previously worked as a post-primary teacher and as Deputy Principal of Greendale Community School, Kilbarrack, before her secondment in 2000 to the ‘Leadership Development for Schools’ national programme for school Principals and Deputy Principals.

Currently working as a part-time lecturer on the Masters in Education Programme at the School of Education, Trinity College and as an Associate with the new Junior Cycle Team, Eileen’s particular areas of interest and ongoing research include School Leadership Development and post-primary teacher Continuing Professional Development.  

Sr. Geraldine MacCarthy SHCJ (Trustee Nominee)

Sr Geraldine is a past pupil (1951-55) and former Principal (1976-83) of Holy Child School Killiney. She graduated from UCD (1959) with a BA in History and French. She entered the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in 1961. Her experience has included teaching of French and administrative positions in schools in England, and service on Boards of Management in Ireland and France. As leader of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus (1998-2010), she was privileged to visit, support and promote SHCJ initiatives in education in Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Ms. Aoife Miller (Trustee Nominee)

Aoife Miller is a past pupil and a former Head Girl of Holy Child School, Killiney, graduating in 1985.  She studied Economics and Finance in Trinity College Dublin, and graduated with a Masters in 1990.  She worked as a consultant in KPMG mergers and acquisitions group and later in a private equity firm, both in San Francisco, California. 

She moved to Greenwich, Connecticut in 2000, where her four children were born.  Having graduated with a Masters in Journalism in 2007 from Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, she and her husband, Adrian Duffy, returned to Dublin in 2007.  Their eldest daughter is now a pupil at Holy Child.  Aoife has been a trustee-appointed member of the Board of Management since November 2012.  She has been on the Principal's Council for the school's fund raising and is currently involved in helping restart the Alumnae Association.


Mr. George Reddin (Trustee Nominee)

Mr. Alan Boyne (Parent Nominee)

Ms. Carron McKinney-Perry (Parent Nominee)

Ms. Nickola Dempsey (Teacher Nominee)

Nickola Dempsey graduated from NUI Maynooth in 1999, with a degree in Irish and Geography. She did her H. Dip in Trinity College, completing her work placement in Loreto College, St. Stephen’s Green. Nickola came to HCK in September 2001. Over the years, she has taught Irish and SPHE to all levels, Geography at Junior Cycle, Digital Literacy, ECDL, First Aid and she has been a form teacher at both Junior and Senior levels.

Positions that Nickola has previously held in HCK include Examinations Co-ordinator, Supervised Study Co-ordinator, Green Schools Co-ordinator, Literacy Co-ordinator, SPHE Co-ordinator and subject co-ordinator for the Irish Department. She was also responsible for the school journals and was a core member of the IT Team for a number of years. Nickola is now the Transition Year Co-ordinator and Year Head, and has recently taken on the role as the social action link teacher between HCK and Le Chéile Catholic Schools Trust.

Ms. Helen O'Flynn (Teacher Nominee)

Helen O’ Flynn graduated from UCC in 2005, with a BA in Irish and Spanish. She studied her H. Dip through Irish in NUIG. She obtained a Higher Certificate in Management in UCC in 2007 and a Masters in Corporate Strategy and People Management in NUIG in 2009.

Helen came to HCK in September 2010 having previously taught in her former school, Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, Co. Cork and in St. Andrew’s College, Booterstown. Over the years, she has taught Irish and Spanish to all levels, French at Junior Cycle, SPHE at Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle, Mini-company to Transition Year students and she has been Form Teacher at both Junior and Senior levels.

Helen is currently the Supervised Study Co-ordinator. In HCK, Helen has previously held the positions of Editor of the School newsletter and Subject Co-ordinator for the Irish Department. 

Gerardine Hackett (Secretary to the Board of Management)

Gerardine became Principal of Holy Child Killiney in 2007. Prior to that, she was Principal of St. Dominic's College Ballyfermot and Deputy Principal of St. Colmcilles Community School Knocklyon. She spent most of her teaching years in Colaiste Chiaran in Leixlip Co. Kildare. She has served on the Board of Management of Clongowes Wood College and St. Dominic's College, Griffith Avenue.  She currently works in an associate capacity for the Leadership and Planning team of the PDST. Ger is married to Joe and has three adult children.