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Aiveen Mullally EdD



01 805 7767
St Mary's, Room 236


Acting Head of Department of Inclusion, Religious Education and Student Life

Course Leader for Master in Education Studies: Leadership in Christian Education

Director of Centre for Religious Education

Moderator of Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders (EREBB) Online Leadership Programme


Doctorate in Education (Dublin City University)
M.A.in Religion and Culture (Dublin City University)
Bachelor of Religious Science (Mater Dei / NUI Maynooth)
Bachelor of Science in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Middlesex University)


Course Leader of Master in Education Studies (Leadership in Christian Education)

Religious Education Certificate

Multi-Belief and Ethical Curricula in Diverse School Contexts

The Inner Landscape of the Young Child

Religious Diversity and Intercultural Education

Transitioning to Higher Education

Reflective Practice

Research / Professional Interests

Religious diversity in Irish education; religious education; the inclusion of different beliefs in Catholic schools; supporting students in the transition to Higher Education; belief fluidity. 


Kieran, P. & Mullally, A. (2020), ‘Covid-19: a Watershed for the Catholic Church’, in Doctrine and Life: A Religious Life Review, Vol.70:7, September 2020. 

Kieran, P. & Mullally, A. (2020), ‘The New Nones’: Implications of Ticking the ‘No Religion’ Census Box for Educators in Ireland, The Furrow: A Journal for the Contemporary Church, Vol 71(7/8), pp. 387-395.

Malone, T., O'Toole, B. & Mullally, A. (2020). 'The Family Project': investigating multi-belief learning in two Irish primary schools. British Journal of Religious Education, 42(3).

Mullally, A. (2019), Guidelines on the Inclusion of Students of Different Beliefs in Catholic Secondary Schools, 2nd Edition. JMB: Dublin.

Uí Choistealbha, J., Mullally, A., & McMorrough, A. (2018),  Moving from a Focus on the Student to a Focus on the Teacher. In I. Kunnari (Ed) Higher Education Perspectives on ePortfolios. HAMK Unlimited Journal. Retrieved [April 25th, 2020] from https://unlimited.hamk.fi/ammatillinen-osaaminen-ja-opetus/focus-on-the-teacher.

Flanagan, B., Nelson, J. & Mullally, A. (2012), ‘Spiritual Education: A Teacher Development Initiative’ in Journal for the Study of Spirituality, Vol. 2:1.

Mullally, A. (2010), Guidelines on the Inclusion of Students of Other Faiths in Catholic Secondary Schools, 1st Edition. JMB: Dublin.

Mullally, A. (2006), Gender and Religion Textbook for Leaving Certificate Religious Education, Veritas, 2006

Conference Presentations

2020: ‘Belief Fluidity: Research on the Lived Reality of Catholicism among Pre-Service Postgraduate Student Teachers in Catholic Colleges in the Republic of Ireland’.  With Dr Patricia Kieran: Lived Catholicism(s): New Questions and Untold Stories Conference, Durham University [Online]

2020:Supporting Students in the Transition to Higher Education: ESAI Conference [Online].

2020: ‘What about the Nones?’: Research on PME Student’s Perspectives on Non-Religious Belief in Ireland. With Dr Patricia Kieran: Irish Institute for Catholic Schools, [Online].

2019: The Catholic Dialogue School: Including Students of Different Beliefs in Catholic Secondary Schools: JMB/AMCSS Annual Leadership Conference, Killarney.

2019: ‘Why are Catholic Schools Afraid to be Catholic Schools?’ Challenges to Leaders of Catholic Secondary Schools in Ireland: Network for Researchers in Catholic Education Annual Conference, Dublin City University.

2018: Research Findings on Challenges to Leaders of Catholic Secondary Schools Regarding Religious Diversity: Towards New Guidelines: JMB/AMCSS Annual Leadership Conference, Galway.

2018: Supporting Students in the Transition to Higher Education. With Dr Marian Fitzmaurice: ‘Are We Ready?’ Seminar,National Forum for Teaching and Learning, Marino Institute of Education. 

2017: Diversity: Enrolment and Inclusion – New Challenges and Opportunities: JMB Education Conference ‘Faith in Our Schools’, Croke Park Dublin.

2015: Best Practice Guidelines on Inclusion and Diversity in Publicly-Managed Schools: John Marcus O Sullivan Conference: Religion, Diversity and Publicly-Managed Schools: ETBI, Naas.

2011: Practical Approaches to Nurturing the Spirituality of Children in Religiously Diverse Classrooms: The Spirit of the Child International Conference, Waterford Institute of Technology. 

2011: School Planning for Religious Diversity: John Marcus O Sullivan Conference: ETBI, Kerry. ­­

2010: Fo­stering Spirituality in Religiously Diverse Classrooms, Changing Boundaries: Spirituality and Education International Conference, Dublin City University.

Funded Research Projects

2016- 2018: ‘Empowering ePortfolio Processes’


2020 – 2022: ‘Supporting Inclusion and Diversity in Teaching’ [SiDiT]