Maura lives in the north inner city. A neighbour helped teach Maura to read Dr. Seuss books before she started school, and she has been reading
everything in sight ever since. Maura has taught in Canada, Ireland and China, and is a member of the Teaching Council and International Reading
Association. Maura has always worked hard to promote a love of literacy with students of all ages. Maura’s commitment to SHaRE stems from her
belief that good readers can overcome any challenge to meet their goals.
Stephen has lived in Cabra West for the past 20 years. When Stephen was
younger, he lacked confidence in reading and writing and this has had a huge
impact on him. His parents’ belief in him gave him the ability to achieve his goals
in life. Stephen’s two children are excellent readers and he buys them books
every chance he can get. Stephen co-founded SHaRE because he thinks giving kids the chance to read and write from an early age will also give them the confidence to articulate their needs and wants in our complicated world.
Marian has been a primary school teacher with over 35 years’ experience in
educationally disadvantaged settings. She spent 11 of those years as a school
principal in a large urban school where her connection to the local community
made her understand the importance of the collective responsibility for literacy.
She has had a lifelong interest in equality and education and believes strongly in
the power of schools and families working together to achieve strong educational
outcomes for everyone.
Paddy, a Dubliner, is a widower with five grown up children and seven grand-
children. He was educated in CBS Synge Street and has a BA from UCE
Birmingham. Paddy worked in insurance and remains an Associate of The
Chartered Insurance Institute. Paddy served for many years in the Reserve
Defence Forces (FCA) and retired a Commandant. Paddy has been involved in
school-based reading activities in disadvantaged schools for seven years.
Lorna has retired from teaching in the UK and Ireland. She is committed to
helping children with reading difficulties. Lorna believes in the SHaRE
programme, not only because it enables children to become competent readers,
but because it raises their self-esteem and gives them the confidence to face
new challenges. In her spare time, Lorna has been known to conquer various
sections of the Camino de Santiago, and help newcomers to Ireland develop
their English language skills.
Paddy was born and reared in the inner city of Dublin. She is parish secretary in the parish of St. Michan in Halston Street, and has worked on a number of projects with the parishioners of the parish, the homeless and the terminally ill.
Father Bryan Shortall is parish priest of the inner city parish of St. Michan in Halston Street. He is a native of Dublin and former school chaplain. He is keenly aware of the need for education and reading skills so that everyone has a better chance in life.
Contact Fr Bryan