Meet the Team

The CIELS Team

  • Dave Barron | CIELS Dave Barron Director

    M.Ed., B.A., Dip.Ed. Management, Dave has worked in education for more than forty years. Together with Catherine, they have developed CIELS over the past twenty years. After teaching English Literature for much of his career, Dave then moved into school management. The experience and skills he gained in working with students and teachers, together with his study and practice of school planning and development has enabled him to develop the professional, caring school that is CIELS today. Dave also currently works with the Irish Department of Education and Skills training Principals and Vice Principals.

  • Catherine Barron | CIELS Catherine Barron Accommodation and Home Liaison

    Over the past twenty years Catherine has developed a network of caring host families that reflect her own philosophy towards the care of visiting students. Central to her thinking about visiting students and host families is the question: 'How would I like my child to be cared for when visiting a new country?' Catherine is also CIELS' Police Vetting Officer and liaises directly with the Irish Police vetting department to ensure that all host family members are cleared to provide a safe environment for our visiting students.

  • Danny Barron Business Development

    BBS, Cambridge DELTA, Director of Studies. Danny's specialism is English for Academic Purpose (EAP), in particular Academic Reading and Writing. He also specialises in Curriculum Design for English for Specific Purpose (ESP) where he tailors courses to meet the exact needs of clients. Danny piloted and developed CIELS' Internship Programme which involves learners using their English Language in authentic environments to develop both their professional skills and their English language skills, commonly referred to nowadays as CLIL (Content & Language Integrated Learning). He believes that learners visit a  native speaking country to use and develop their English language skills and likes to provide learners with authentic opportunities to communicate outside of the traditional classroom environment.


Hear what our past students had to say...


I really enjoyed my time in Ireland! The Blended Programme gave me good experiences, meeting new people, learning a new culture and language. I learned a lot at the Irish Wheelchair Association Carlow where I did my internship. I also learned a lot studying the Human Growth and Development and Work placement module. The time flew because we were having so much fun. I can't believe it's already over but I will never forget it. Blended Programme thanks for everything!


The Blended Programme was great! It was an amazing combination of the internship and college. I've learned so much at school about Human Growth and Development. My internship was great and all the Irish people are amazing! Sean, Danny and Claire helped us when we needed them, they were fantastic. Thanks for everything, this is an experience I will always remember.


My experience with the Erasmus+ Blended Programme is very positive. It gave me an opportunity to learn about Ireland, learn the English language but also I learned to be more independent. Supervisors from the Blended Programme, teachers from school and my colleagues from Hillview Nursing home helped me with everything. Blended Programme thanks for this amazing experience I will never forget it.