Colm McGlade (Public Speaking)

Colum McGlade

Colm was a member of the teaching profession for nearly 40 years and in December 2010 he took early retirement having spent the previous 20 years as a school principal.

Colm has been involved in the area of Communications for many years.  He has compiled his own course in Public Speaking/Presentation Skills and he has delivered it on many occasions.  His clients have come from all walks of life.  In 2007, he completed a “Train the Trainer” course with Carr Communications and he holds a Certificate in Broadcast Journalism from the Communications and Management Institute, Dublin.

Colm has been a member of Toastmasters International for the past 21 years, an organisation dedicated to the development of Communication and Leadership skills.   He is a founder member and former President of Rathfarnham Toastmasters and has won many speech competitions, representing his Club, Area and Division both at home and in Britain.

In recent years, Colm has lectured in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth in the area of Communications and in All Hallows College, Drumcondra. 

Alan Grundy (Guitar, Music Appreciation)

Alan Grundy

Alan is one of Ireland’s most renowned guitar teachers and he has now been teaching guitar professionally for over 30 years. He is considered to be one of Ireland’s finest interpreters of the Classical Guitar and has given concerts in many of the leading concert venues in Dublin - most notably – The National Concert Hall, with his performance being broadcast live on Lyric FM. He has scripted and presented programmes about the guitar for Lyric FM and has performed several times on RTE radio and television. 

On continental Europe he has given concerts in Paris, Rome Budapest and Istanbul. Throughout Alan’s teaching career many of his students have gone on to be professional guitarists, which is testament to Alan’s teaching ability.  

John Buckley (Music Appreciation)

John Buckley (Music Appreciation)

Born in Templeglantine, Co. Limerick in 1951, John Buckley is a composer and music lecturer. He studied flute with Doris Keogh and composition with James Wilson at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. His subsequent composition studies were in Cardiff with the Welsh composer Alun Hoddinott and with John Cage. John Buckley’s catalogue of original music compositions now extends to over 100 works, which have been performed and broadcast in more than fifty countries worldwide.

He has been awarded both a PhD and a DMus by the National University of Ireland. He is a senior lecturer in music at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin City University. A monograph on his life and work Constellations: The Life and Music of John Buckley by Benjamin Dwyer was published in May 2011 by Carysfort Press.

John Buckley has been a lecturer in music appreciation in the People’s College since 1982 and is completely committed to the concept of lifelong learning and welcomes all students, irrespective of background experience, to his classes.

Laurence Delvaux (French)

Laurence Delvaux (French)

Laurence was born in the North of France, in a city called Béthune, and studied in Lille until 2002 when she decided to go to Ireland.She has been teaching French for 14 years in secondary schools, primary schools, private institutes to different ages and levels. She loves Dublin, loves movies and likes to include a bit of French culture in her classes.


Susan Knight (Creative Writing)

Susan Knight (Creative Writing)

Susan has been teaching at the People’s College for twenty years. The winner of several writing awards, she has published three novels, two collections of short stories and a non-fiction book. In addition, she has written plays for stage and radio and has broadcast short memoirs on RTE and Lyric FM. She loves drawing out creativity from her students and seeing them blossom into poets and prose writers, believing that everyone is capable of self-expression through writing no matter in how modest a way.

On the other hand, a number of her students have gone on to win prizes and to be broadcast and published.

Each year she edits a collection of students’ work in an in-house anthology, edits the college newsletter and has administered four People’s College Short Story competitions to date.


Elaine Metcalfe (Positive Psychology)

Elaine Metcalfe (Positive Psychology)  

Elaine spent most of her adult working life in Customer Service and always had a deep interest in psychology, particularly Behavioural and Change psychology. Having become a Life Coach in 2004, she was fascinated by the wonderful results some people achieved while working with a Coach, managing totally to turn their life around for the better.


It was while studying for a degree in Education & Training in DCU that she discovered Positive Psychology, ‘The Science that makes us Happy, Optimistic and Motivated’, and which scientifically explained much of the power and ethos of Life Coaching. Elaine completed her Education and Training degree in 2013 with First Class honours, and then pursued a Masters in Modern Irish History, another huge interest of hers. The area of perception and inter-communications are still of major interest to her and currently, she is completing a Masters in TESOL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Elaine lectures in Communications/Positive Attitude in DCU in the Community and is involved in a major project, organising a District / Ireland and England Toastmaster Conference with her old club, I.E. Templebar Toastmasters to be held here in Dublin in November 2016.


Paul Murray (Photography)

Paul Murray

Paul has had a fascination with the camera and light since a very early age and has been involved with imparting knowledge in relation to photography for more than 20 years. He was awarded a ‘Train the Trainer’ certificate from the National University of Ireland (NUI Maynooth) in 2009 and has been a lecturer with the People's College for over 10 years. His approach centres on understanding the camera.  All his photography courses are complemented with a ‘Relevant Information Document’, written by himself, to act as a form of reference to aid learners after the class or event has concluded. This comes in the form of either an assignment, an exercise or synopsis or relative information document.  Such extra curricula activity is not compulsory to completion of any class, but is recommended since in this way, the learner can study and/or complete a programme at their own pace in their own time.  

The camera is an intricate and complex tool but by following a line of discipline, it is possible to find oneself creating quality images consistently within a relatively short period of time.

Odran Reid (Politics and Current Affairs)

Odran Reid Odran is a professional economist and a professional Spatial Planner. He currently lectures part time in the DIT School of Spatial Planning on a number of Masters Programmes teaching Economics, EU policy, Planning, Local Development.

Odran established his own Economic, Social Policy and Planning consultancy practice, Reid & Associates, in 2000 specialising in the areas of Employment Generation, Retail Development, Socio-Economic Analysis, Town and County Development Plans as well as Local Area Plans and Community Consultation Corporate Governance Training, Corporate Change, Strategic Development, Community Development,.

He has extensive experience in the Community and Voluntary Sector and was the first Chief Executive of the North Dublin Development Coalition. He has been engaged in corporate governance work in numerous Non Governmental Organisations and serves on numerous Boards in the NGO and private sector.

Odran was employed to establish the successful Institute of International and European Affairs, of which he was the first Administrator. He has extensive experience working in the field of Current Affairs, both as an employee and as a volunteer.

He is a graduate of TCD and DIT and is a Member of the Institute of Economic Development (MIED), and the Irish Planning Institute (MIPI).

Marta Sanz (Spanish)

 Marta Sanz (Spanish)

Marta was born in Seville, a very hot city in southern Spain. She has always loved teaching languages since finishing a BA in Linguistics and the High Diploma in Education. She is also passionate about new technologies because it opens new ways in learning a language. Her blogs (http://marta4528.blogspot.ie/ and http://martasafe.blogspot.ie/are ) are a small contribution to the immense world out there to make this possible and as a help for her students.

She always tries to make her classes fun and relaxed so the students can fully engage when they embark in the process of learning Spanish. She has been working at the College since 2003.




Paul Walsh (choirmaster)

Paul Walsh Paul Walsh has been involved in choral singing all his life as both member and musical director of a wide variety of vocal ensembles, including plain chant, chamber, madrigal and large mixed-voiced choruses. He was a member of the Barbershop quartet ‘Four in a Bar’, three times all Ireland champions. He has been musical director of the People’s College Choir since 1993. His other interests include archaeology and history and he is senior archaeologist with the National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.


Stefania Rando (Italian)

Stefania is an Italian teacher originally from Giardini Naxos in Sicily now living in Dublin for the last four years. She has experience as a teacher both in Italian and Irish schools. She is passionate about the Italian language and the Italian culture. She loves Italian cuisine and sharing this with her friends. In January 2016 she led the Italian Conversation Classes at People’s College, which had a high participation of students.


Terry Lambert

Terry Lambert is the owner of Hilltoptreks an outdoor and walking company who offer many walking tours throughout Ireland and abroad. He is a fully trained and qualified Mountain Leader and has given many courses with the Peoples College before. He uses a mix of theory in the classroom and a very hands on approach to teaching in the outdoors, he also likes to keep his courses fun and interesting to those doing them.

Check out his website here



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