Managing Director – Caoimhe O’Connell

Caoimhe O’Connell has been involved with and working in language schools since the age of 15. She started her career as a student activity co-ordinator and progressed quickly from there to becoming a school principal. She went on to establish Shannon Academy of English in Athlone in 2001.

Caoimhe’s academic background is in Social Studies and she has experience in a variety of roles as a youth worker and a social care assistant with teenagers.

Coming from a family of six children, and having children of her own, family and community are very important to her. This familial ethos permeates throughout Shannon Academy.

Academic Student Co-ordinator – Aisling Kerrigan
Host Family Liaison

Aisling Kerrigan has worked in education for a number of years teaching English and advanced computing. She also has experience dealing with many different nationalities from her time as a hotel front office manager.
Like Sabrina, Aisling also hosts students of Shannon Academy in her home.

In 2014 Aisling was appointed Academic Student Coordinator at Shannon Academy. She liaises with students on a regular basis and is like their “Irish Mammy” while they are in Ireland!
As well as being our Academic Student Coordinator Aisling also works in the office dealing with host families and our group leaders. She has a great knack for multitasking!

Internship Co-ordinator – Elaine Kilmartin

I have recently taken over as the internship coordinator. I have also been a host family for a number of years and my family and I really enjoy meeting other cultures. My 3 year old son always wants to go home with them. 

I love this job because it is so diverse. I get to meet different people every day and each group is unique.  Athlone is the perfect location to complete an internship as its in the heart of Ireland, we are a big town, but not too big. 

Athlone has a great variety of internships from catering, dentistry, administration, hotel and tourism to name but a few. The host families are open and caring and have been accommodating interns for a number of years. They all live close to the town so getting around is easy!

I look forward to meeting you in the future.