FAITH IN OUR SCHOOLS [FIOS] arises from the joint research and consultation of the following people:

Rev. Prof. Eamonn Conway is a priest of the Tuam diocese since 1987. He was awarded his doctorate in theology in 1991 and taught Systematic Theology for seven year at All Hallows College, Dublin. He was appointed Head of Theology & Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College – University of Limerick in 1999. In 2010 Pope Benedict appointed him as an expert adviser to the XIII World Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelisation. In 2014, he was appointed to the expert panel of the Holy See’s Agency for promoting quality assurance in pontifical universities and ecclesiastical faculties.

Rev. Dr . Eugene Duffy is a priest of the diocese of Achonry since 1979. He taught theology and was Head of the Department of Systematic Theology at All Hallows College, Dublin, from 1985 – 1997. He was director of the Western Theological Institute in Galway from 1997 to 2007. He joined the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, in 2007. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Boston College (1994) and at Blackfriars, Oxford University (2004). Among his publications is Catholic Primary Education Facing New Challenges (Dublin: Columba Press, 2012).

Dr. Thomas Finegan is a lecturer in Theology, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College, St. Patrick’s Campus, Thurles, County Tipperary. His primary degree is in theology and is post-graduate degrees are in philosophy (M.A. University College Dublin) and law (Ph.D Trinity College Dublin). His research interests include bioethics, human rights theory and religion and law (especially in relation to religious freedom and education).

Linda Rainsberry
formerly practised as a Solicitor and has since been fully engaged as a mother. She is the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of Kilkenny College. She was formerly the Chairperson of the Board of Management of Kilkenny College and of the Board of Management of the Educate Together School, Kilkenny School Project National School. She is also a governor of the patron body The Incorporated Society for Promoting Protestant Schools in Ireland.

Ian Sexton studied music at Trinity College of Music and the Royal College of Music London and also Systematic Theology at the University of St Andrews. He has held positions at three Anglican cathedrals and lectured in music at University College Cork for ten years. He is now Director of Music at Kilkenny College and also Senior Examiner in Music for the International Baccalaureate in Geneva and for the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.

Patrick Treacy is a Senior Counsel. Together with his wife, Linda Rainsberry, since 2000, they facilitate a domestic centre of Christian spirituality at their home at Ennisnag, Stoneyford, County Kilkenny, named Integritas, where they live with their four children ( He has recently written a text entitled Mission Territory - Pope Francis, Ireland and the World Meeting of Families 2018 (Integritas 2017).

Dr. Rik Van Nieuwenhove is originally from Flanders and has been residing in Ireland since 1993. He studied Moral Sciences, Philosophy and Medieval History in the Universities of Ghent and Leuven. After obtaining his Ph.D, he became a Lecturer in Theology in the School of Theology and Religions, Trinity College Dublin. In 2003 he joined the Department of Theology and Religious Studies in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.

Eithne Woulfe is a St. Louis sister, a former school Principal and Director of Education with CORI. She currently has responsibility for the education brief with the newly formed Association of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI), a remit that covers the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. She has completed research on faith based and equality issues as they pertain to education and schooling in Ireland and France.