Staff and Committees

tir na nOg Childcare

Staff Team

All of our staff team are highly skilled, trained and motivated individuals with a wealth of experience between them.  Each staff member is dedicated to their work with the children in their care and provide fun and meaningful play experiences to each child in a warm and supportive environment.  All of our staff members have a minimum of level 5 in early years education and are trained in occupational first aid and child protection training.  Our staff team are constantly upskilling so that they can provide the best possible care and play experiences to all the children in our service.

We, along our Board of Management, aim to support the creation of a caring and learning rich environment for all our children. I would like our parents to be confident in the knowledge that their children are being cared for and educated in the highest quality childcare service.


Claire Devine – Managerclaire-devine-manager

Hi, my name is Claire and I am the manager of Tír na nÓg Community Childcare Centre since April 2016.  I have worked in childcare since 2008 and am active member of the Association of Childhood Professionals, Sligo branch.  I have worked in all areas of childcare provision over the years and actively work to promote our sector at a national level.


Lisa Kelly – Accounts and Administrationlisa-kelly-accounts-and-administration

Hi, my name is Lisa and I am responsible for the day to day administration and accounts of the crèche and I’m married with 3 children. I’ve been working at Tír na nÓg since July 2009 although I started on the crèche committee before the crèche opened in 2008. I’m responsible for the day to day administration and accounts of the crèche and I love my job as I get to meet lots of people. I have over 15 years’ experience in the administration field and I have qualifications in the following: AITI, FETAC Manual Book Keeping & Accounts, Manual Handling, Occupational First Aid, HACCP Food Safety & Hygiene, FETAC level 5 childcare (6 modules completed).


Rachel Siggins-Supervisorrachel-siggins-supervisor

Hi, my name is Rachel. I love working with children and have been working with Tír na nÓg since it opened in 2008. During my time here I have worked with all age groups but at the moment I am Leader in Little Leaders Preschool Room. I am also the Supervisor and designated Fire Safety Officer.

I have completed FETAC level 5 and 6 in childcare; have a diploma in Montessori Education and a certificate in Special Needs. I have also completed training in First Aid, Manual Handling, Fire Safety, Buntús, HACCP, Child Protection and Lámh Sign language.

I am currently in my final year of the childcare degree program in National University of Ireland Galway.


Donna Trill-Supervisordonna-trill-room-leader

Hi, my name is Donna and room leader in Little Explorers Toddler Room. I have been working full time in Tír na nÓg since September 2011 and I really enjoy working here. I have completed my FETAC level 5 and 6 which to complete I carried out my work experience here in Tír na nÓg. I also have a certificate in First Aid, Manual Handling and Buntús.




Gabrielle Quinngabrielle-quinn-room-leader

Hi, my name is Gabrielle Quinn (known as Gabby) and I am Childcare Leader in Little Dreamers Baby room. I am from Ballymote, Co. Sligo and I am the mother of 7 children and Grandmother to 8! I have worked with children for more than 20 years; I was a childminder in my own home before I came to work at Tír na nÓg.

I went back to college as a mature student and studied Childcare FETAC level 5 and level 6 and received Distinctions in all modules. Since starting with Tír na nÓg I have also completed Occupational First Aid training and am the appointed First Aid Officer and Health and Nutrition Officer within the crèche.


Barbara Downesbarbara-downes-childcare-assistant

My name is Barbara Downes and I come from Ballymote, Co. Sligo and I am married with 4 children. I have a level 5 certificate in both Childcare and Business as well as certificates in First Aid, Fire Safety, Food Safety & Hygiene, Equality & Diversity and Buntús.



Bernie McCrannbernie-mc-crann-room-leader

My name is Bernie and I a childcare assistat here in Tir na nOg.  I have been working here since 2010 .  I have completed HETAC level 7 in Childcare and am currently in my fourth year of the Childcare Degree programme in the national University of Galway. I have also completed training in First Aid and HACCP. I enjoy my job and love working with children.


Lisa McGowanlisa-mc-gowan-childcare-assistant

Hi, my name is Lisa McGowan. I’ve been working in Tír na nÓg childcare since September 2012.  I’m from the village called Culfadda. I’ve studied Social Studies and Childcare in Ballinode. I have also studied in Buntús, child protection and Lámh (sign language) Síolta and Aistear, First Aid and attended Arts and Crafts workshops. I enjoy working with Children. Together we learn new things and have lots of fun playing, making friendships and doing lots of Arts and Crafts.



Laura Flynnlaura-flynn-childcare-assistant

Hello my name is Laura and I am Childcare Assistant in Little Explorers Toddler Room.  I have completed my FETEC levels 5 and 6 in Early Years Education which I completed while doing my work experience here in Tir na nOg.  I also have a certificate in Occupational First Aid and I really enjoy my work with the children.



Yvonne Rogersyvonne-rogers-childcare-assistant

Hello My name is Yvonne I have been working in Tir na nOg for the past three years.  I decided to pursue a career in childcare a few years ago, having previously worked for many years as an administrator and personal assistant.  I really enjoy working with children because they are enthusiastic, adventurous and open to new ideas and experiences.  I feel children are very receptive at a young age and it is of vital importance that they are guided and encouraged in a positive way at this very important stage in their lives.  I believe that I am very enthusiastic, energetic and understanding person who realises the importance of creating a safe enjoyable environment in which children can best learn.

Judeann Somers


Hello my name is Judeann but most of the children call me Judy.  I have a full distinction in FETEC level 5 in Early Childhood Care and Education.  I have completed first aid and child protection training.  I have done the Buntas programme to help me interact with the children through play and song.  I love working with all ages as its good for keeping me on my feet and it makes me smile when I see their happy faces as they as they discover new things and learn new words, children are great!  I currently work as Childcare Sssistant with the pre-schoolers and I am Room Leader with the after school children and I love the individuality of all of my little friends.


Melissa Battellmelissa-battell-childcare-assistant

Hello my name is Melissa, I have worked at Tir Na Nog now for three years.  I work in little rascals wobbler room. I have a great relationship with all the children, staff and families that attend Tir Na Nog. I have 3 children myself and went back to college after my last child and completed my FETAC level 5.  I am Health and Safety officer here in Tir na nOg.


Adelaide Bagnalladelaide-bagnall-childcare-assistant

My name is Adelaide Bagnall.  I have been working in Tír na nOg since September 2015.  I have experience in many aspects of childcare working previously as a Special Needs Assistant in many different learning   environments.  My Qualifications are in Special Education Needs Level 7 (NFQ), Early Childhood care and Education level 5(QQI) I have completed Module one Lámh course and Child protection training. I am currently doing a level 6 module on Special Needs.  I love being part of the team at Tír na nOg, every day brings a new and exciting adventure…….never a dull moment!


Marion Feeneymarian-feeney-childcare-assistant

Hi my name is Marion, I have completed FETEAC level 5 in childcare and I work as relief staff here in Tir na nOg.



Sandra Kellysandra-kelly-relief-staff

Hi, my name is Sandra.  I have completed Fetac Level 6 and have a post grad in Special Educational Needs.  I live in Sligo and I work as Childcare Assistant in Little Leaders PreSchool class.  I enjoy working with children.



Sorcha Glynnmartin  Sorcha Glynnmartin, Room Leader

Hello, my name is Sorcha and I hold a level 8 honors degree in early years education and I work as Room Leader in Little Leaders PreSchool Room.



Stephanie Coohill Stephanie Coohill-Room Leader

Hi there, Im Stephanie and I am room leader in Little Rascals Wobbler Room.  I have recently completed my honors degree in Early Years Education in Sligo Institute of Technology.



Samantha Beirne Samantha Beirne-room Leader

Hello, I am Samantha.  I work as Room Leader in Little Learners PreSchool Room and I hold a level 8 in Early Years Education.



Emer Kelly Emer Kelly-Room Leader

Hi there, my name is Emer and I work as Room Leader in Little Inventors PreSchool Room and as Childcare Assistant in Little Scholars AfterSchool.  I hold a level 8 in Early Years Education.



Teresa Harte Teresa Harte

Hello, my name is Teresa Harte and I am the cook here in Tir na nOg.




Bernie Vosbernie-vos-relief-staff

Hello Im Bernie and I hold a Fetec level 5 in Childcare and I work as part of the relief staff team.




Elaine Irwin Elaine Irwin

Hi there! my name is Elaine and I work here in Tir na nOg providing lunch cover and as a relief staff.



Jordan Dunbarjordan-dunbar-relief-staff

Hi my name is Jordan.  I have completed my Fetec level 5 in Early Years Education and am currently studying for my level 8 honours degree in Sligo IT.

Relief Workers

Our relief staff are reliable professional childcare workers who we call upon for holiday cover and cover for illness; Marian Feeney, Bernie Vos, Elaine Irwin, Karen Clarke


Our childcare service is overseen by a Voluntary Management Committee. This committee comprises of parents and representatives from the local community.