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Dr Nicholas Cuddihy

Dr Nicholas Cuddihy

Spinkhill’s Mount St Mary’s College will be welcoming a new face next term with the arrival of new Headmaster, Dr Nicholas Cuddihy.

A well-known and respected school leader within the Catholic education sector in Ireland, Dr Cuddihy comes to Spinkhill with more than 20 years of experience in education.  He is currently the Headmaster of the outstanding Jesuit school, Crescent College SJ in Limerick.  In his six years as Headmaster he has made a significant contribution not only to his own school but to the education mission of the Irish Jesuit province.

Before taking up the Headship in the Crescent, he had already developed a track record of success and commitment to the provision of Catholic Education with experience as a teacher, a class head, a year head, a pastoral care coordinator, and most recently as the Headmaster of St Dominic’s College Cabra, a large Catholic post primary school in Dublin.

His primary degree is in theology, English and education and he has amassed a string of post graduate qualifications.  He holds a Master of Science in Education Management and Training and a Doctorate in Education Leadership and Management from Dublin City University.  He also holds a post graduate diploma in Pastoral Care and Counselling for Teachers.

As a qualified and experienced rugby referee and coach, Dr Cuddihy has been an enthusiastic supporter and leader of co–curricular activities everywhere he has worked.  In recent years he has helped to lead Crescent College to some outstanding success in sports, science and technology, debating, music and the arts.

Dr Cuddihy arrived at the Mount in August with his wife Grace, and their two children, five-year-old Luke and Ruth, three.  Nicky said, “I am looking forward to working with staff and meeting pupils and parents.  Mount St Mary’s College is steeped in history.  It has a strong reputation for offering an outstanding all round education where the focus is not just academically, but spiritually, physically and emotionally.  This means that each and every one of our pupils leaves school ready to take on with confidence whatever opportunities lie ahead.”