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About ALOA


ALOA is the professional representative body for Adult Literacy Organisers (ALOs), managing adult literacy and basic education services throughout the Republic of Ireland as part of an integrated ETB Adult Education Service. The aims of the association include the promotion of a high quality adult literacy service and to secure recognition of the economic, social, and cultural context of adult literacy. The association represents the views of Adult Literacy Organisers and contributes to the development of Adult Basic Education policy through member representation on committees at national level.

The role of an ALO is multifaceted and involves supporting and managing students, volunteer and paid tutors, developing and implementing programmes, as well as managing finance, resources, premises and non-academic staff. The ALO is responsible for the quality of a diverse range of service provision and is also involved in drawing up policies with regard to Adult Basic Education at local level as part of integrated services within ETBs. The ALO ensures that the educational needs of the student are met; from initial consultation, to organising appropriate tuition and identifying progression options, to the point of exit. Importantly, by working with colleagues from across the FET sector and linking with internal and external stakeholders, the ALO continues to ensure that options are available for adult learners with literacy difficulties who wish to return to education.

The ALOA supports its members in the delivery of a professional Adult Literacy Service and had made a hugely significant contribution to adult literacy since its establishment in 1998. This contribution is built on the commitment of its members to provide a high quality and professional literacy service in the Republic of Ireland.


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  • Avail of Training
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ALOA Region Map


Adele McElhinney – adelemcelhinney@donegaletb.ie
Dolores Mhic Géidigh – doloresmhicgeidigh@donegaletb.ie
Georgina Thompson – georginathompson@donegaletb.ie
Caroline McCabe – carolinemccabe@donegaletb.ie
Emilia Puszczynska – emiliapuszczynska@donegaletb.ie 
Aidan McCloskey – aidanmccloskey@donegaletb.ie


Cathy Powell – cathypowell@msletb.ie
Noelle Staunton – noellestaunton@msletb.ie
Rosario Cooney – rosariocooney@msletb.ie
Anne Bohan – annebohan@msletb.ie


Alison Jones – alison.jones@gretb.ie
Brendan Moriarty- Brendan.moriarty@gretb.ie
Neasa de Bhailis – Neasa.debhailis@gretb.ie
Sheila Donnellan – Sheila.donnellan@gretb.ie
Kevin Kelly –  kevin.kelly@gretb.ie
Teresa Gilligan – Teresa.gilligan@gretb.ie
Irene Greene – Irene.greene@gretb.ie


Mary Roche – mroche@tipperaryetb.ie

Ester Mackey – emackey@tipperaryetb.ie


Loretta Hughes – loretta.hughes@lcetb.ie
Margot Walsh – margot.walsh@lcetb.ie
Maire Dempsey – maire.dempsey@lecetb.ie
Mary Flanagan – mary.flanagan@lcetb.ie
Mary Dunne – mary.dunne@lcetb.ie
Eithne Cunneen – eithne.cuneen@lcetb.ie
Lorraine Markham – lorraine.markham@lcetb.ie


Carol Kelly – carolkelly@cmetb.ie
Michael Donohue – michaeldonohoe@cmetb.ie
Regina Clarke – reginaclarke@cmetb.ie


Frances Stephenson – fstephenson@lwetb.ie
Joan Slevin – AdultLiteracySouth@lwetb.ie


Maria Morgan – mmorgan@lmetb.ie


Emma Tobin Coles – emmatobin@wwetb.ie
Nicola McCarthy Hanlon – nicolamccarthyhanlon@wwetb.ie
Joann Power – joannpower@wwetb.ie


Niamh Maguire – niamhmaguire@kwetb.ie
Annette Mangan – annettemangan@kwetb.ie
Imelda Carroll – imeldacarroll@kwetb.ie
Mary McCall – marymccall@kwetb.ie
Mary Faughnan – maryfaughnan@kwetb.ie




Mary Ryder – mary.ryder@corketb.ie
Marian O’Mahony – Marian.OMahoney@corketb.ie
Bríd Murphy – brid.murphy@corketb.ie
Ciaran Lynch – ciaran.lynch@corketb.ie


Maggie O’Sullivan Graham – kenmareabe@staff.kerryetb.ie
Deirdre Fitzgerald – caherciveenabe@staff.kerryetb.ie
Mary Concannon – Mary.concannon@staff.kerry.etb.ie
Maeve Tuohy – kesabemt@eircom.net

Mary Swaine – listowelabe@staff.kerryetb.ie and castleislandabe@staff.kerryetb.ie
Bill McConnell – bill.mcconnell@staff.kerryetb.ie

Dublin City

Siobhan Condron – siobhan.condron@aes.cdetb.ie
Mairin Kenny – mairin_kenny@eircom.net
Rose Brownen – kleared@eircom.net

Dublin/Dun Laoghaire

Ann McCann – annmccann@ddletb.ie

Some important facts about us











Tara Kelly
Tara Kelly
Kilkenny/Carlow ETB, Chair
Kilkenny/Carlow ETB Contact E-Mail: TARA.KELLY@kilkennycarlowetb.ie Phone: +353 (0)59 91 35544
Alison Jones
Alison Jones
Galway/Roscommon ETB, Vice Chair
Galway/Roscommon ETB Contact E-Mail: alison.jones@gretb.ie Phone: +353 (0)91 706 289
Cathy Powell
Cathy Powell
Mayo/Sligo/Leitrim ETB, Secretary
Mayo/Sligo/Leitrim ETB Contact E-Mail: cathypowell@msletb.ie Phone: +353 (0)86 042 0663
Margot Walsh
Margot Walsh
Limerick/Clare ETB, Treasurer
Limerick/Clare ETB Contact E-Mail: margot.walsh@lcetb.ie Phone: +353 (0)61 364 963
Rose Brownen - ALOA
Rose Brownen
City of Dublin ETB
City of Dublin ETB Contact E-Mail: kleared@eircom.net Phone: +353 (0)1 803 6238
Aoife McCormack
Aoife McCormack
Kerry ETB
Kerry ETB Contact E-Mail: amccormack@kerryetb.ie Phone: +353 (0)87 629 8608
Adele McElhinney
Adele McElhinney
Donegal ETB
Donegal ETB Contact E-Mail: adelemcelhinney@donegaletb.ie   Phone: +353 (0)86 820 7338
Maria Morgan
Maria Morgan
Louth/Meath ETB
Louth/Meath ETB Contact E-Mail: mmorgan@lmetb.ie Phone: +353 (0)41 98 30870
Frances Stephenson
Frances Stephenson
Longford/Westmeath ETB
Longford/Westmeath ETB Contact E-Mail: fstephenson@lwetb.ie Phone: +353 (0)43 334 5609
Ciaran Lynch - ALOA
Ciarán Lynch
Cork ETB
Cork ETB Contact E-Mail: info@corketb.ie Phone: +353 (0)21 4273377