Friends and colleagues of Mary Farrell, Adult Guidance Officer, Adult Educational Guidance Service (CLAEGS), made a presentation to her as she has taken up a new position with the National Centre for Guidance in Education, where she continues to work in the guidance sector across all levels.
Mary has had a long and distinguished career in education, working across both the second level and adult education sector.
In 2001, Mary was responsible for setting up the Adult Educational Guidance Service in Co Longford.
The free, confidential and impartial guidance service delivers one-to-one guidance, group guidance and an information service, and has to date provided educational guidance and information to in excess of 20,000 clients.
Mary was a networker and made links with the various agencies in the county including the Women’s Link, Department of Social Protection, Longford Community Resources, the EDI centre and Family Resource centres. She was also instrumental in establishing links with Athlone Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology, Sligo, National University of Ireland Galway and Maynooth University, in order to enhance progression routes for learners in Co Longford.
Mary organised Longford’s first ever Adult Education and Training Exhibition. The event, which brought local and national education and training providers together in Longford, provided the opportunity for people to engage locally with universities and third level colleges. It was a huge success and was the beginning of a new era in adult education.
Mary and her colleagues Liz Glennon, Guidance Counsellor and John Doherty, Information Officer have seen the service growing and evolving over the years, working with all client profiles from young people exploring career paths, retired people looking for leisure activities and unemployed people hoping to up-skill to re-enter the workforce.
Mary’s hope for the future is that adult education continues to thrive in Co Longford. Mary will continue to be available for private consultation and can be contacted on 086 605 3992.