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Dr. Rory Mc Daid

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+353 1 805 7708
Room 30, St Patrick's


Lecturer in Sociology of Education and Research Methods

Visiting Research Fellow, CAVE, School of Education, Trinity College, Dublin


B.A. (Humanities)
M.Phil (Peace Studies)


Sociology of Education (B.Ed; PME)

Intercultural Education (MES)

Research Methods (PME; MES)

Evidence in Education (B.Sc (Education Studies)

Research / Professional Interests

Teacher Diversity
Educaring for Refugee and Asylum Seeking Children
Recognition of first languages in schools
Qualitative research methodologies
Minority ethnic and minority language parental involvement in schools
Cultural mediation in schools


Recent Publications:


Ó Duibhir, P., McDaid, R. and O'Shea, A. (2011). All Changed? Culture and identity in contemporary Ireland. Dublin: Duras

Book Chapters

Mc Daid, R. (forthcoming). Smoothing the bumpy road? An examination of some targetted initiatives for refugee and minority ethnic children and young people in Ireland. In J. McBrien (ed.) Exploring educational policies and practices in English-speaking countries of refugee resettlement. Rotterdam: Sense.  

Mc Daid, R. (2018). Closing the achievement for minority language children: Some thoughts on continuing the march. In O’Toole, B. and Skinner, B. (Eds.) Minority language pupils and the curriculum: Closing the achievement gap. Dublin and Belfast: SCOTENS.

Walsh, T and Mc Daid, R. (2018). Race discrimination and the management of ethnic diversity at work: The case of elementary teachers in Ireland. In Vassilopoulou, J., Kyriakidou, O. Showunmi, V. and Brabet, J. (Eds.) Race discrimination and the management of ethnic diversity at work: European countries perspectives. United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Mc Daid, R. and Walsh, T. (2016). Challenging the homogeneity of the elementary school teaching force in Ireland. In Schmidt, C and Schneider, J. (Eds.), Diversifying the teaching force in transnational contexts: Critical perspectives. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, pp. 153-164.

Mc Daid, R. (2012). Interculturalism in post-primary education. In Hall, T. (Ed.) Education matters year book 2012. Kerry: Education Matters, pp. 133-134.

Ó Duibhir, P., McDaid, R., and O'Shea, A. (2011). Introduction. In P. Ó Duibhir, R. McDaid and A. O'Shea. (eds). All Changed? Culture and identity in contemporary Ireland.Dublin: Duras, pp. 9-21.

Mc Daid, R. (2011). GŁOS, VOCE, VOICE: Minority Language Children Reflect on the Recognition of their First Languages in Irish Primary Schools. In: Darmody, M. Tyrrell, N. And Song, S. eds. The changing faces of Ireland: Exploring immigrant and ethnic minority children's experiences. Rotterdam: Sense, pp. 17-33.

Mc Daid, R. 2007. New Kids on the Block. In Downes, P. and Gilligan, A.L. eds.Beyond Educational Disadvantage. Dublin: IPA, pp 268-279.

Journal Articles
Schmidt, C. and Mc Daid, R. (2015). Linguistic barriers among internationally educated teachers in Ireland and Canada: A critical comparative analysis. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 38(3), 172-183.

Prunty, A. Dupont, M. and Mc Daid, R. (2012). Voices of students with special educational needs (SEN): Views on schooling.Support for Learning, 27(1), 29-36.

Educational Resources
Friend-Pereira, J.C. and Mc Daid, R. (2002). Anti-racism and multiculturalism campaigns: Activity and resource pack for student co-ordinators. Dublin: USI.

Cullen, J. and Mc Daid, R. (2001). The disability handbook. Dublin: USI.

Research Reports

Minton, S. and Mc Daid, R. (2017). A study of participating students’ experiences of the Trinity admissions feasibility study (TAFS). Dublin : CAVE, TCD.

Merriman, B., Greene, S., Doyle, E., and McDaid, R. (2013). Growing up in Ireland: Report on the qualitative study of infants and their parent at wave 1. Dublin: Department of Children and Youth Affairs 

Travers, J. Balfe, T. Butler, C. Day, T. Dupont, M. McDaid, R. O’Donnell, M. And Prunty, A. (2010). Addressing the challenges and barriers to inclusion in Irish schools: Report to the research and development committee of the Department of Education and Skills.Dublin: St Patrick’s College, Special Education Department.

Ware, J. Balfe, T. Butler, C. Day, T. Dupont, M, Harten, C. Farrell, A. McDaid, R. O’Riordan, M., Prunty, A. and Travers, J. (2009). Research report on the role of special schools & classes in Ireland (NCSE Research Reports No: 4). Trim: National Council for Special Education.

Funded Projects

Project titleFunding bodyDatesAward
Migrant Teacher ProjectDepartment of Justice and Equality2017-2019€100,000
The lives of Immigrant Internationally Educated TeachersMarino Institute of Education - Seed funding2014€1,500


I completed my BA (History & Human Development) in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra in 1999, following which I spent two very enjoyable years working with students unions, as President of the SU in St. Pats (1999-2000) and then national Equality Officer with the Union of Students in Ireland (2000-2001). I represented USI on a variety of national and international bodies and was one of the co-ordinators of the Students 10K Walk for Belarus, a successful fundraising venture spanning the island of Ireland. I returned to full-time education in 2001, reading for an MPhil (International Peace Studies) in the Irish School of Ecumenics, TCD, and then a H.Dip in Education in NUIG. I was appointed as a Children’s Consultation Officer with the ISPCC in 2003 and worked on an innovative project involved in the selection process for Ireland’s first Ombudsman for Children. In September 2004 I took up a position as an English Language Support Teacher in St. Gabriel’s N.S, Cowper St., Dublin 7. While in St. Gabriel’s I became a founding member and Chairperson of the Advisory Group to the Schools Cultural Mediation Project, which provided translation, interpretation and cultural mediation to ten schools in the D7 School Completion Programme Area. It was while working in St. Gabriel’s that I embarked on my doctorate in education through St. Patrick’s College, researching the experiences of minority language children in Irish primary schools with regard to the recognition of their first languages. While completing my doctorate, I worked as a researcher in the Special Education Department in St. Patrick’s College contributing to a number of national research projects. Upon completion of my doctorate, I travelled to Thailand where I worked as a teacher educator with World Education in the Umphiem Mai refugee camp on the Burmese border. I returned to Dublin in late 2009 and took up a position as a Research Fellow in the Children’s Research Centre, TCD working as a qualitative researcher on the National Longitudinal Study, Growing Up in Ireland. I worked as a teacher in London during the school year 2010/2011 and was appointed as a lecturer in Marino Institute of Education in August 2011.