Gareth Byrne is Head of the School of Education and lectures in Religious Education at the Mater Dei Institute of Education, a College of Dublin City University. His teaching and research work is focused on Primary and Post- Primary Religious Education and on Faith Development for all age groups. He conducted national research throughout Ireland, North and South, in 2005/6, providing the Irish Catholic BishopsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Conference with a draft National Directory for Catechesis. As well as contributing various articles, he is author of Religious Education Renewed: An Overview of Developments in Post-Primary Religious Education (Veritas, 2005) and co-editor with Raymond Topley of Nurturing ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Religious Imagination: The Challenge of Primary Religious Education Today (Veritas, 2004). He is a priest of Dublin diocese and Parish Chaplain in St GabrielÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Parish, Dollymount. Raymond Topley is Head of the Department of Religious Studies and Religious Education, St PatrickÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s College, Drumcondra, a college of Dublin City University. His particular interests are in Religious Education methodology and liturgical studies. He is a Fellow of the Lonergan Institute, Boston College and his recent research has focused on the implications of Bernard LonerganÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cognitional theory for Religious Education. His publications include Nurturing ChildrensÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Religious Imagination: The Challenge of Primary Religious Education Today (Veritas, 2004), which was co-edited with Gareth Byrne.
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