Daithí Ó Murchú
My particular skills and strengths as an Honorary Consul, entrepreneur, CEO, consultant, innovator, director of education, inspector, teacher and administrative leader are in building professional and community based teams in creating and designing for 'exceptional', working and learning environments. Many of the National and International projects I have and have had the privilege to lead, are and were situated in challenging professional and socio-economic areas. I love what I do, believing that people sense that passion in me. I always strive to ignite that passion in others no matter what! My sporting life as an athlete, decathlete, ultra and extreme-ultra-athlete and my national and international challenges and successes representing my country, have given me the empirical experiences to share my love, experience and hunger for life with so many people. We are all on a journey...... a daily conscious and mindful 'Camino' when we are truly present. 'To Change the Life of One Child...'.
As a person, a leader and professional I have learned that teamwork, honesty, openness, integrity, transparency, respect, accountability, fearlessness and empathy, sometimes with 'tough love', but always with mutual respect, are keys to success. My door is always open no matter how difficult a situation may or may not be. My management style has forever been founded on these truths. Moreover, the numerous key-note presentations, invited appearances and publications I have given globally exude my passion for the ‘ Je ne sais quoi!’ - The uncertainty in an ever changing world, where we are often challenged to lead into uncertain ‘waters’ in the consciousness of the 'NOW'. I have often referred to this reality as Mindfully acknowledging the consciousness of Being Present in our bodies 'Now', as that is all we really have!’ Stagnation is never an option in business, education, technology, sports, diplomacy, innovation, transformation, consultancy or leadership.
As the founding director of Irishtourism Ltd. and Discoveringireland in the late 1990s, CEO of JITL & DAS Pathways in the late 2000s and President of RCEEDAO (EU Diplomatic Mission) Ireland in 2017 and through various other directorships I have held, my journey with emerging and future i-technologies, the Cloud, Blockchain and XReality innovations has led me to a deeper understanding of sustainable, pioneering and transformative global trends. My association with several governments, multi-national companies and universities in transformational change management, innovation, computational and design thinking, creative problem solving, international marketing, education, tourism, business and consultancy in futuristic and innovative possibilities has afforded me the privilege of experiencing first-hand, the cutting edge of global and emerging opportunities.
I was privileged to be a founding member and Principal teacher of both Primary and Secondary, minority language and disadvantaged schools, in environments where 'the system' was failing students of exceptionally able and special abilities. Together we created Learning Environments in which these students, their teachers, communities and families could excel and be fulfilled in their journey together as a vibrant COP -community of practice. At both national and international levels, from 1985 to 2018, we sought after evolving, best practice in all areas of education, inclusion, pluralism, equality, diversity and citizenship to ensure we were providing the BEST environments possible in preparing students of all ages to excel. Our record both nationally and internationally is a testament, today, to our success as a Team. Today I am privileged to act as the Chairperson of Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire, an all-Irish, co-ed, primary School, Dublin, Éire, founded in 1931 and presently under the trusteeship of ERST (Edmund Rice Schools Trust).
My interest in international education and technology began as far back as 1985 with the European PLATO and trans-National projects and continued to evolve through the EU ARISTOTLE and COMENIUS projects right up to the ERASMUS + projects 2014-2019. These opportunities allowed me to experience so many wonderful and innovative, community based projects, which fed my passion for teaching, learning and Designing For Meaningful Learning (DFML). Moreover, European Trans-National and Life-Long learning projects have always been part of my professional life and I have, as principal teacher, inspector, chairperson, director and designer, encouraged teams to avail of every opportunity to open their minds to new possibilities for themselves and their students.
Parents, as key players and stakeholders, have also played a central role in this vision to prepare students for the society, which does not yet exist! Today’s learners – Tomorrow’s creative and innovative leaders - NOW. My journey from Bachelor of Education to Master degree in Innovation and management and onwards to Doctorate level in technology, linguistics and education has also afforded me the privilege of experiencing life's realities on a daily basis. In Gaelic Irish we refer to this as ‘ciall ceannaithe’….. ‘ acquired or bought wisdom’. I thank the Universal Energies for the challenge of this journey so far and I strive to Consciously and Mindfully embrace each moment with unconditional gratitude.