Programme Director (Acting) - BA Home Economics; Lecturer in Home Economics

Programme Director (Acting) - BA Home Economics; Lecturer in Home Economics


B.Ed Home Economics & Religious Education, St. Angela’s College, Sligo
MSc Food, Nutrition and Health, University College Dublin


Breda is a part time PhD student and a full time lecturer at the Home Economics Department at St. Angela’s College, Sligo. Breda lectures across a variety of programmes; Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics, Bachelor Applied Science in Nutrition, Food & Business Management, Access Home Economics programme and on the MEd in Education (Home Economics). Breda graduated from St. Angela’s College in 2012 and began her career working as a Home Economics teacher. During this time, she also worked with the food industry, mainly in the areas of New Product Development & Quality. Upon completion of her MSc from UCD in 2015, Breda commenced lecturing at St. Angela’s College, Sligo. In 2018, Breda began her PhD studies with the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences at NUI Galway. Breda is currently investigating the barriers and facilitators to the implementation of nutrition standards for school food.


Breda’s research interests include child and adolescent health, early life nutrition, food and nutrition behaviour, food education, food environments and vulnerable groups.


Publications
O' Mahony, B., Kerins, C., Murrin, C., and Kelly, C. (2020) Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of nutrition standards for school food: a mixed methods systematic review protocol [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]. HRB Open Res, 3:20 (https://doi.org/10.12688/hrbopenres.13041.1)
Poster Presentations
O’ Mahony, B., Kerins, C., Murrin. C. and Kelly, C. (2019). Barriers and Facilitators to the Implementation of Nutrition Standards for School Meals: A Mixed Methods Systematic Review. CHNHS Annual Research Day, Galway, May 2019

O’ Mahony, B., Kerins, C., Murrin. C. and Kelly, C. (2019). Barriers and Facilitators to the Implementation of Nutrition Standards for School Meals: A Mixed Methods Systematic Review. HPRC Annual Conference, Galway, June 2019

Noone, T. & O’ Mahony, B. (2017) Home Economics: A role to play in the eradication of food poverty in Ireland, IFHE, Sligo. 

Funded Research

Campbell, M., McSweeney, K., Carty, C., Kuusisaari, H,. Lehane, L., Maguire, H., Mohan, K., Mylotte, L., McCloat, A. & O’Mahony, B. (2017) The Integration of Development Education into the ITE Home Economics Programme. Ubuntu funded research €4,240

Editorial

O’Mahony, B. (2013) Home Economics empowers students and given them a set of life-long skills. Irish Independent, 6th March, p.31.


Honours and Awards

Recipient of the Asicus award

Professional Associations
  • Member of the Nutrition Society 
  • International Federation for Home Economics
Community Engagement
  • Wellbeing in Clergy - Online Programme - Healthy Living
  • Nutrition Presentation Ballytivnan Training Centre, April 2019
  • Contributor to Farmer Journals Home Economics Exam guides  


Science Foundation Ireland funding for Science Week 2020