Meet the Team

We're an eclectic mix of individuals from all walks of life and all corners of the world.

All GCI teachers are English native speakers and have a bachelor degree seconded by a widely recognised English teaching qualification such as CELTA or TOEFL.


A Galway local with a Master's in Music Technology and a passion for the outdoors. A proud vegetarian, enjoys dank brews, good design and has a dry sense of humour. Often found around town playing the drums, climbing on rocks in the Burren or hiking.

David-Paul Niland
Marketing

Galway born and bred. Degree in History, sociology and politics. Really loves history movies and documentaries! Enjoys socializing with friends and exploring different countries.

Aine Cunningham
Teacher

From Longford. Moved to Galway and never left, apart from years in South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. My idea of fun is running 42.2km (a marathon). My idea of hell is life without meat! Will talk about most topics in class except the weather!

Dermot Doyle
Teacher

Native of Co.Clare but her heart belongs to Galway. She is an avid traveller who loves exploring new lands, experiencing different cultures and meeting people. It was these experiences which inspired her to become an English language teacher.

Jillian Loftus
Teacher

Dublin boy with a passion for Galway. Can be found in Charlie Byrne's bookshop or upstairs in the Crane Bar listening to storytellers, poets and dreamers. Loves fresh country air, swimming in Galway Bay and bike rides in Connemara to awaken the spirit.

Stephen Shine
Teacher

Kenneth is a native of Galway and has a BA in History and Latin and a PhD in History. He believes in teaching others how to teach themselves and brings this core principle into the English classroom.

Kenneth Coyne
Teacher

Karen has a Delta qualification from the University of Cambridge. As a self-confessed nerd who loves teaching vocabulary & pronunciation. Karen loves a good coffee and getting handwritten mail.

Karen Gardiner
Assistant Director of Studies

A proud Galway native. Best thing about Galway is everything! My office has the best view ever and I work with the best people. Big passion is the outdoors, my dogs (actually all dogs) and spending time with my family. Love to laugh and dance often!

Mary McCarthy
Accounts Manager

25 years experience in the language industry with a great understanding of any difficulties language students might have living in a foreign country. Graduate of Social and Community studies in Dublin. Loves meeting new people, her family and friends.

Eithna McNamara
Accommodation Manager

Rose has a Masters in English Language Teaching and loves language word-play, especially puns. She prefers animals to people but still enjoys teaching English to humans. Although not from Galway, she considers it to be her home.

Rose O'Loughlin
Director of Studies

Study in the heart of Galway, Ireland

Galway is one of Ireland's greatest treasures. Situated on the Atlantic west coast, this vibrant city – like its people – is warm, friendly and welcoming.

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