Pat is a Wexford man who started his teaching career in CBS Enniscorthy, before moving to Kennedy Park NS in Wexford town. He was appointed Deputy Principal in Scoil Mhuire, Coolcotts, Wexford in 1983. Scoil Mhuire, then a new school, opened with eight teachers. He completed a Masters in Educational Management in 1996. Pat became Principal in Scoil Mhuire in 1997 and the school continued to grow and expand to its current size, 43 teachers and 15 SNAs when Pat resigned to take up the position of IPPN Deputy CEO in September 2015.
Pat was the President of IPPN from 2009 to 2011. He has served as co-chair of the National Consultative Forum for Special Education. As principal of a Band 1 DEIS school, he has also represented IPPN on the DEIS Advisory Group. He was also part of the NCSE Working Group on a proposed new Model of Support for Additional Care Needs in schools. Pat also served on the NEWB as part of their School Implementation Group.