Andrew Gallagher

Andrew is a harpist, choral singer and Music teacher who grew up in Co. Mayo surrounded
by a myriad of musical influences. He went on to study a BMus degree at Maynooth
University and subsequently, the PME (Music) at the University of Limerick in the Irish World
Academy of Music. His first love is Irish traditional music but he also has a passion for choral
music. Growing up, he sang in various church choirs and during his time at Maynooth
University, he was lucky enough to be part of the prize winning Maynooth University
Chamber Choir- some highlights include winning the ‘Choir of the World’ title at Llangollen
International Eistedfodd ( and touring the
US and China (!
Shortly after finishing in UL, Andrew took up his first teaching post at Jumeirah College, an
international school in Dubai, UAE. This was a brilliant learning experience as he gained an
insight into teaching a different curriculum, interculturalism, and was afforded the
opportunity to work in an environment where collaboration and creativity were key
components. While in Dubai, he also travelled and enjoyed spending his free time in
neighbouring countries, on the beach or in a café! Andrew returned to Ireland in July 2020
and has been teaching here since.
In September, Andrew will be studying on the Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education at
DCU. From a teaching and learning perspective, he is interested in active learning
methodologies, retrieval practice, equity, inclusion and how we listen to, perceive and
understand music. In the future, he hopes to pursue further graduate studies in music
teaching and learning. Outside of school, Andrew can be found supporting Mayo GAA,
hiking, running, playing tennis and looking for the best coffee in Dublin.