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Raymond Topley

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 Bishops’ 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 Children’s Religious Imagination: The Challenge of Primary Religious Education Today (Veritas, 2004). He is a priest of Dublin diocese and Parish Chaplain in St Gabriel’s Parish, Dollymount. Raymond Topley is Head of the Department of Religious Studies and Religious Education, St Patrick’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 Lonergan’s cognitional theory for Religious Education. His publications include Nurturing Childrens’ Religious Imagination: The Challenge of Primary Religious Education Today (Veritas, 2004), which was co-edited with Gareth Byrne.
 


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