Meet the Team

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

Our teachers are experienced in teaching English to international students 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

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

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


David Hansberry


Anne Joyce

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
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

A language lover since birth, teaching as well as learning them, I’m hoping to tackle Irish next! This passion for languages drove me to get my MA TESOL at the University of Limerick and to join the vibrant, dynamic team at GCI.

Cristina Apavaloae
Assistant Director of Studies


Judith Alutiz
Office Manager

Kelley is a native Galway girl, from Salthill. With almost a decade of experience in language industry, she was a teacher in GCI for 5 years and has moved now to Accommodation Management. Kelley is a dog lover, and passionate about people, new cultures!

Kelley Quinn
Accommodation Manager

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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