St Brigid's College, Loughrea



Pictured above is former student, Ben McDonald (far left) who won the prestigious Gold medal for the highest Leaving Certificate Business grade in Ireland in 2018.


Our Teachers

Lucy Tegeler

Carmel Mannion

Martin Raftery

About Us

The Business Department has a staff of three teachers who have extensive expertise and experience in teaching and working in the private sector. Business Studies is taught in the Junior Cycle. Economics, Accounting and Business is taught at Senior Cycle.

Over the years staff members have been involved in curriculum development, teaching workshops, and in-career development which have contributed greatly to the collective wisdom of the department. Along with this, teachers have a keen appreciation of the dynamics of an ever changing economic climate. The Head of Department operates on a rotation basis every two years which gives all staff members an overall insight into the subject development, as recommended by the DOE. The Business team manage the department, which strives to create the most effective learning environment for students. This is achieved by combining academic rigour, effective pedagogies and learning strategies with the latest information and communications technology (ICT).

Continuous professional development has always played an important role in the Business Department keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in education across the three disciplines. Extensive preparation has taken place in the rolling out of the new Junior Cycle Programme which was assessed for the first time this year. The department aims to develop 21st century skills such as problem solving, collaboration and innovation while being conscious of the personal development of each of our students. The topical nature of the business subjects ensures that the Business Department keeps up to date with the latest developments in the world of economics and business.


Extra and cross curricula activities in Business


Students from the TY Business Class at the European Parliament in Strasburg, France

Over the years, the Business Department has developed a number of initiatives to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the business subjects and their role in modern society.

A high proportion of Business students participate in work experience through the LCVP programme. Two teachers in the department also teach LCVP. Discussions take place within the classroom based on these experiences.

3.png5thYear LCVP & Business students on a visit out to Dough Bros Restaurant, Galway in May 2019

Front row L to R: Ghayda Kammoun, Denis Alvarez, Sharon Awanbor, Ethan Barrett, Yasiru Kiriweldenyage-Don, Vincent Idemudia, Eugene Greaney (Co-owner Dough Bros), Katie Manning, Léanagh Gilligan, Rachel McAlinden

Back row L to R: Barry Osho, Lohityh Ganesh Reddy Patchipala, Daniel Treacy, Emer Donnellan, Brian Carty, Megan Kenny, Annie Nevin



Leaving Certificate Business & LCVP students, L to R Ruth Conway, Sinead Kennedy & Allanah Curley who were members of the F1 CJJ AutoVinco team that won the prestigious “Sponsorship & Marketing” Award at the Formula 1 International Schools Competition in 2018 held in Singapore

Three of our Business & LCVP students were members of the F1 team which was placed 2nd overall in the prestigious Schools World Competition in 2018. The team, led with great energy & enthusiasm by our Deputy Principal, David Monaghan was successful in combining elements of both Engineering and Business to give our students a serious experience of marketing and sponsorship in a social media age.

5.pngTY Business Students enjoying a day out at the Europa Fun Park in Germany in 2016

The Business Department also coordinates participation in the Euroscola programme in the school successfully bringing students to visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg. They meet, socialise and have the experience of debating real issues that affect all young people in the 28 member states.



Business for Leaving Certificate teaches the skills and knowledge needed to understand how business works.

This is a practical and vocationally-oriented course that introduces students to the world of Business in a straightforward and logical way. It aims to create an awareness of the importance of Business activity and to develop a positive and ethical attitude towards it. The importance of people in Business is highlighted.

The course sets out to illustrate the process of setting up a business and developing a new product or service. It emphasises the importance of good management and deals with skills and activities necessary for good management practice. It also deals with the impact of technology, foreign trade, global firms and competition and with business structures and the national economy.

There are 7 core units covering the following topics:

Unit 1 People in Business(Stakeholders/Contract Law/Consumer Law/Employment Law)

Unit 2 Enterprise (Enterprise in business & community/characteristics of entrepreneurs)

Unit 3 Managing 1(Leadership/Motivation/Communication/Organising/Planning &Control)

Unit 4 Managing 2 (Finance/Insurance/Tax/Managing change/TQM

Unit 5 Business in action (Starting a business/Product development process/Marketing Mix/Expansion)

Unit 6 Domestic Environment (Forms of business/Main categories of industry in Ireland, Role of Government and economic effects on business)

Unit 7 International Environment (Global business/International Trade/European Union/International Institutions).

There is a common syllabus covering Higher and Ordinary level, which will fulfil the aims and objectives of the course.

Further studies

Business is useful for careers in areas such as Banking, Administration, Insurance, Management and Marketing.

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St. Brendan's CNU in conjunction with Loughrea Lions Club launched a CD of songs and poems by the residents. The beautiful art work for the CD was created by our 5th year student, Hannah Greybe.
Our TY students received certificates for the numerous activities and programmes they completed throughout the year last week. Their fantastic year was ended with a BBQ and games at Loughrea Driving Range, thanks to Greg Kennedy and his team once ag
Congratulations to our Leaving Cert Class of 2024 who graduated in style last Friday. Well done to all of our singers, musicians and speakers it was fantastic to watch how you have grown and matured over the past six years. We wish you every success
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St Brigid's College, Loughrea
Co. Galway,

091 841 919

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