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Dr Barry O'Leary

Lecturer in Education (Primary)


01 661 0168

Block B, Merrion Centre, Merrion Road, Dublin 4


  • BA
  • MA
  • HDip
  • DEd


School of Education


Barry is a Lecturer in Primary Education in the School of Education. Barry is a qualified primary school teacher and has been the principal of two DEIS Band 1 Urban primary schools in Dublin with a decade of experience as a school leader. In this position he has offered consultative leadership, advice and appraisal with respect to teaching, learning and assessment, commended as ‘highly effective practice’ and ‘a deep commitment to inclusion and the holistic development of each pupil and a broad range of rich learning experiences’ (WSE, 2019). Leading the education of teachers was foremost in this practice. Barry has been a guest lecturer at the School of Education in TCD, The Irish Architectural Institute and The National Gallery. Barry has contributed regularly to educational issues on national media, particularly in promoting the importance of safety of young pupils in an online environment.

Research Interests

Barry’s interests include educational disadvantage, visual research methods, teacher education, the genealogy of school architecture and the use of space in primary schools (more specifically the social relations and practices which produce space), elucidating space as produced through social interactions and in response to organisational and institutional structures.


Space Makers or Space Cadets? Exploring Children’s Perceptions of Space and Place in the Context of a Dublin Primary School’ British Journal of Educational Psychology (2011), Educational and Child Psychology Vol. 28 No. 1

‘Richard Pierce: Architect and Acolyte of the Gothic Revival’ in Studies in the Gothic Revival, (2008), McCarthy, M., O’ Neill, K., Eds. Dublin: Four Courts Press