About Us

About the Learning Resort

In ancient times Killarney was a Mecca for scholars. The University of Inisfallen was located on an island on Killarney’s Lough Léin or Lake of Learning. Scholars from across Europe including the High King of Ireland Brian Ború were educated here and the Annals of Inisfallen, which document life in Ireland between AD 433 and AD 1450, were written here.

The aim of The Learning Resort is to revive the ethos of higher learning in Killarney by bringing the best in global educators and coaches to deliver world class, educational experiences for our visitors.

Based at The Killarney Convention Centre – which encompasses The INEC, The Gleneagle Hotel and The Brehon, The Learning Resort offers a diverse range of courses, events, seminars and guest speakers.

What We Offer

Global educators and coaches to deliver world class, educational experiences for visitors of The Learning Resort.

About Us

Educators, Coaches and Educational Experiences


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Dr. William Sheehan

Dr. William Sheehan, FRHistS, FHEA,

Dr. William Sheehan is the Director and Chief Academic Director of The Learning Resort.  He is one of Ireland’s leading military historians, he is the author and editor over eight books, including British Voices from the Irish War of Independence (2005), Fighting for Dublin (2007), Hearts and Mines: The British 5th Division, Ireland, 1920-22, (2008), A Hard Local War: The British Army and the Guerrilla War in Cork (2011) and The Western Front: Irish Voices from the Great War (2011).  He is currently writing a military history of the Irish Revolutionary Period (1916-1923) for Ireland’s largest publisher, Gill and MacMillian, the book will be called The Battle of Ireland: 1916-1923.

Dr. Sheehan is a graduate of University College Cork, the Open University and the University of Limerick. He has taught at Griffith College Cork, NUI Maynooth, University College Cork, and the Open University.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Higher Education Academy. His last role before joining The Learning Resort team was as a Senior Faculty Manager at the Open University.

Dr. Sheehan’s role at The Learning Resort is to bring the most interesting and creative national and international speakers to Killarney to create world class education experiences for all those who attend the resort’s courses.

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