Our History

Liberties Training Centre was founded in 1986 by the South Inner City Community Development Association and was originally based in Newmarket. We moved to our current site, the Good Counsel Centre, on Oliver Bond Street in 2002.


All young people have a safe space to grow, learn & reach their full potential.


We empower young people to achieve a brighter future, both professionally and personally, by providing quality education, training and support.

  1. We embrace challenges and see them as opportunities to learn
  2. We are committed to continuous improvement
  3. We are curious, ask questions and like to learn new things
  4. We measure success as personal growth as well as academic achievement and professional progression
  1. We create a fun and stimulating learning space
  2. We celebrate our wins
  3. We value creativity and new ideas, we try things out
  4. We work hard but have fun doing it
  1. We make decisions based on what is best for trainees
  2. We embrace each other’s differences and give all equal opportunity to learn
  3. We create a safe space for everyone to grow and learn
  4. We are trustworthy and honest
  5. We have the courage to speak up when something is wrong.
  1. We listen to each other and ask for input & feedback
  2. We work as a team to solve problems.
  3. We support, respect and value one-another
  4. We share what we know.

John – General Manager

John is our Manager since October 2023. John is originally from Dublin and spent the last 8 years teaching and Managing in another Community Training Centre in the North East Inner City.

He has an Honours Degree in Business from St Thomas in New York, followed by a Higher Diploma in Education from Griffith College Dublin. He comes to the Centre with a background in secondary teaching, followed by QQI delivery in the Training Centre setting.

Natasa-Higher Clerical Officer

Natasa is the first person you will meet coming into the Centre, and you can expect a warm greeting and friendly smile each time.

Natasa joined our Centre in early November 2023, and comes with a wealth of experience in the education sector. Her most recent post was that of Higher Clerical Officer in an neighbouring CTC, so Natasa comes armed with plenty of experience in the administration of a Training Centre, making her a real asset to us here. 

Already popular with our Learners, Natasa enjoys working with young people and seeing them progress beyond the Training Centre into Further Education or Employment.

In her spare time, Natasa enjoys Basketball and reading.



Jonny joined Liberties Training Centre in March 2022. His background is in film making and photography and has worked as an instructor within the CDETB for 10 years.He is an enthusiastic and passionate facilitator with experience collaborating with early school leavers, marginalized groups, and mature students.

Jonny hopes to help a learner realise their full potential through positive emotional, and practical support. He believes that instilling positive values, teaching life skills, and being a good role model can allow young people the space to grow.

Jonny can empathise through his own experiences with dyslexia, a challenge many of our learners experience. He feels education is a journey that is not often straight forward and for some like himself a more scenic route is travelled. He believes that being determined and not giving up when things don’t go as planned is one of the best ways to achieve your goals.

Qualifications: BA Hons in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, BA Hons in Film Production Film and Media, Dip in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dip – Communications and Media Production, Certificate in Train the trainer.

He loves to be curious about the world, and enjoys photography, film, video games, cycling and BBQs with his family.  


Barry has been an instructor here since 2008.

Similar to a lot of the young people in the centre Barry is an early school leaver. It was obvious that the classroom environment didn’t suit him and he took the decision to find an alternative pathway through education. He enrolled in a Catering course in Ballark CTC and quickly found his comfort zone lay firmly in the kitchen.

Barry completed his apprenticeship as a Chef in DIT Cathal Brugha St. through the Kildare St. and University Club and worked for a number of years in professional kitchens. He always liked with the  idea of working with young people who are in were the same position as he was, when he left school and was given the opportunity to do this with the Liberties Training Centre.

Barry has studied Training & Education and Community education as well as Mindfulness practices for the classroom. He volunteers on the board of a local school and also for a national youth charity.

He loves listening to podcasts, watching stand-up comedy, all things Aston Villa and has a strange obsession for Christmas.


Karl joined the Liberties Training Centre in 2003. He started his engineering career in 1982. He has worked in small general engineering workshops, precision tool rooms and high tech production facilities. During his time in industry he has trained many apprentices to a high professional standard.

Qualifications:  Honours BA in Training and Education. Irish National Craft certificate. Senior Trade certificate. JEB ICT teacher’s diploma. City & Guilds certification in Pneumatics, Analogue Electronics, Digital Electronics, Industrial Robotics and Maintenance of Automated Factory Systems. Manual Handling Instructor certificate. Abrasive wheels Instructor certificate. Infinity Project teacher’s certificate.


Mairead has been our Maths teacher since 2016.

She has been working in education in a variety of roles as a teacher and supervisor. She loves maths and working with people.

Mairead enjoys reading, knitting, baking, water sports and the occasional monster movie. She likes the variety of every day at Liberties Training Centre and the food’s great also!


Carmel has been working with us since 2005 as our cleaner. Carmel the heart of the centre and makes sure we’re all looked after.  A local woman, she’s lived in the Liberties most of her life. She’s a huge part of the community, having volunteered as a Dublin City Council Committee member and taking part in local events such as the Liberties Festival.


The board governs all aspects of the organisation from finance, policies, communications and strategic direction with the primary focus on what will benefit our trainees.

Members of our volunteer board are

  • Lisa Kelleher – Chairperson
  • Anthony Joyce- Secretary
  • Sean O’Reilly – Treasurer
  • Sharon Hurley
  • Tomás Quinn
  • Louise Gorman