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Nora Barry, Third Secretary
Nora Barry is a Third Secretary working in the Press Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs. She is currently working out of Ivy House in Dublin but is being sent on assignment to Washington in the next few months. She holds a Bachelor of Education from St Patricks College, Drumcondra.
In Leaving Cert I chose to study French, German, Physics and Chemistry. The languages are relevant to my current career, where there is an emphasis on languages and communication. On hindsight, it would have been very useful to have studied History, as an in-depth knowledge of the past would be helpful.
The Sciences I believe, though not obviously applicable, did aid me in the development of analytical and logical thinking.
Leaving Certificate in Eureka Secondary School, Kells, Co. Meath.
Bachelor of Education in St Patricks College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.
I am currently studying the Bunchúrsa Modúlach in Gaeleagras to develop my ability to communicate effectively 'as Gaeilge'. I plan to attend Speech Writing and foreign language courses and in the future I hope to study for a Masters in International Relations or Politics.
My degree course was broad and offered the opportunity to study an Arts subject in conjunction with Education. I chose English, which certainly proves advantageous in my current position as communication both oral and written is of paramount importance.
Classroom Management was a very practical module, that taught organisational skills which I continue to apply today. Teaching practice was particularly relevant, as it required planning, effective communication and decision making under pressure, while under observation.