Mary originally hails from Béal na Bláth, but has lived in Donoughmore for 27 years. She was elected to the Board in 2015 representing the South Eastern Region and was appointed as Chairperson in July 2018. She is a member of the Community Development Working group and a member of the Women and Childcare Working group. She is married to Vincent, has 2 children and works in the Department of Social Protection. She has served on the Boards of Management of both primary and secondary schools. She is a member of Donoughmore Community Alert and Community Council serving as treasurer. She co-ordinates the area’s text alert scheme.
Breeda Moynihan Cronin
Vice Chairperson and Chair of the Finance Committee
Breeda re-joined the Board in 2014 to represent Duhallow’s Social Enterprises and is the Board's Current Vice Chairperson. Breeda was a member of Dáil Éireann from 1992 – 2007 and a member of Kerry Co. Council from 1999 - 2003 and from 2011 - 2013. Serving her community for over 20 years, her constituency included the East Kerry area of Duhallow. At present she is chair of ECSSA (Electrical Contractors Safety Standards Association) Ireland and is involved in a number of voluntary and charitable organisations. Breeda is Chair of the Social Economy Working Group of IRD Duhallow.
Anne Maria Bourke
Chair of HR
Anne Maria Bourke sits on the Finance and HR Committes, and was elected to the Board to represent Trade Unions. Anne Maria is the former Principal of Liscarroll N.S which offers special classes for children with autism. She is an active member of the union being the current secretary of the District 16 Branch of the I.N.T.O. Principal’s forum and a member of Cork I.P.P.N. (Irish Primary Principal Network). In addition, she is Chairperson of Allianz Sciath na Scoil North Cork Primary Schools’ Games. She is a keen bridge player and is a member of both Brogeen and Kanturk Bridge Clubs.
Brian was elected to the Board to represent the Western Duhallow region in June 2014. He has over 30 years’ experience in industry and worked as an electrical contractor and is a founding member and former director of ECSSA, a body set to regulate the electrical industry. Along with his wife Anna he runs two Subway restaurants, and served on the advertising Board for Subway. Brian is Chair of the Enterprise Working Group overseeing the Duhallow Skillnet. He is also an active member of Rathmore Community Council.
Cormac is a former Chairman of IRD Duhallow holding the role from 2012 to 2015. He’s from Gneeveguilla and works as a project manager in ESB Networks based in Tralee. He was appointed to the Board to represent the State sector having
previously served as Community Representative for Western Duhallow. The ESB has worked closely with IRD Duhallow in delivering three phase electricity to many small industries in rural Duhallow. He is chairman of Gneeveguilla Community Council and developed a cultural centre in Gneeveguilla village, “Teach Failte”. He serves on the HR, Finance and Community Development Working Groups.
Ann is a primary school teacher, teaching in Scoil Chroí Íosa in Blarney. She has an M.A. in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and
has a special interest in mental health. She has volunteered with Rehab Ireland and My Mind Centre for Mental Well being. She joined the board in 2017, representing Macra na Feirme. She is
an active member of the Freemount club where she currently has the role of Public Relations Social Media Officer. She has competed in a variety of competitions nationally including CAPERS, public speaking, debating and drama.
Member of Enterprise and Finance & Audit Working Group, HR Committee & Life + Steering Committee.
Michael is a founder member of IRD Duhallow and served as Chairman from 2011-2013, he also in the past served as Finance Director. He represents Kanturk Chamber of Commerce on the Board. With his wife Noreen he manages the family owned Supervalu Stores in Kanturk, Abbeyfeale and Askeaton. A keen angler and hunter he has developed a number of angling projects in Duhallow. Michael is an active member of the Enterprise Working Group, Finance and Audit Working Group, HR
Committee and Life + Steering Committee.
Member of the Finance, Employment & Training, Youth & Education and Social Economy Working Groups
Don lives in Banteer and is former Chairman of IRD Duhallow, having held the role from 2006 until 2009. He was re-appointed to the Board in 2012 representing Cork Institute of Technology where he is the Head of the Department of Organisation & Professional Development. He is a member of the Finance, Employment and Training, Youth and Education and Social Economy Working Groups. He brings experience of business and community projects as well as supporting lifelong education and training and delivering opportunities for marginalised individuals and target groups.
Chairman of the Environment Working Group
John is a member of the Environment Working Group and has been nominated to the Board to represent them. He is currently Director of Services with responsibility for Environment &
Water Services, Fire and Emergency services, Civil Defence and Library services with Kerry County Council. Previously he served as Director of Services for Housing and Community for 10
years. He has also previously served as Director of Services in Limerick City and as Town Clerk in Tralee and Town Manager of Listowel and Killarney Town Councils. A native of Kilkenny city
he presently resides in Castleisland.
Chairman of the Community Development Working Group
Billy Dennehy was elected to the Board of IRD Duhallow in May 2017 as a community representative for the Western Duhallow
region. He is an active member of the Kiskeam Community and volunteers with many community groups. He is the current
Development Officer of the Kiskeam Development Association and PRO of Kiskeam GAA Club whilst also being a member of the Kiskeam Senior Football team. He is working as an Engineer with Cork County Council. Billy is married to Emily and they have two children.
North Eastern Duhallow Representative
Annette was newly elected to the Board in May 2016 representing the North Eastern Duhallow region. She is married to David, they have 5 sons, and she works in Newmarket as a Practice Nurse. She has served on the Board of Management of Ballyhass National School and has also spent time as Chairperson of its Parents Association. She is currently Treasurer of the Parents Council in Mercy Secondary School. Annette volunteers with voluntary groups such as Castlemagner GAA, Croke Rovers, and the Irish Guide Dog Association and is involved in the local litter watch which is run by An Taisce.
Tommy Mullane was coopted to the Board in June 2018 to represent the North Eastern Duhallow Region. A native of Kanturk, Tommy is General Manager with Aspel’s SPAR Kanturk.
A keen community man, he has been on the Board of Kanturk & District Community Council for the last 15 years and is its current treasurer. Tommy is also involved with a number of other
local committees including the Kanturk Arts Festival, Wild Boar Festival, Kanturk Tidy Towns and is the current Vice Chairman of Kanturk Chamber of Commerce. In his spare time, Tommy enjoys running and athletics.
Mid Cork Area Representative
Breda joined the Board in February 2016 representing the Mid Cork area. Breda lives in Clondrohid where she farms with her husband John, and minds some of her grandchildren. She has 3 grown up children and 7 grandchildren. Breda has always been involved in voluntary work and she was chairperson of Clondrohid Parents Association for many years. Breda has also been treasurer of Macroom Ploughing and its current PRO. She is very involved in Community Alert, and is presently the Assistant Secretary and Treasurer of Clondrohid Development Group.
Member of Social Economy, Finance, Human Resources and Community Development Working Groups. Jack represents IRD Duhallow on a number of forums including ILDN
Jack is from Rockchapel and represents the Saoi Network of which he is the Chairman. A former IRD Duhallow Chairman, he sits on the Social Economy, Finance, Human Resources and Community Development Working Groups. Jack represents IRD Duhallow on ILDN and also represents ILDN on ELARD the European LEADER Association for Rural Development of which he is past President. Steeped in the cultural development of the region, he developed Bruach na Carraige Cultural Centre in Rockchapel, the Sliabh Luachra Archive and the Cultural Trail.
Chair of the Women and Childcare Working Group and member of the HR Working Group. Founder member of the Duhallow Women’s Forum
Judy first joined the Board of IRD Duhallow in 1997 representing women’s groups. She Chairs the Women and Childcare Working Group and is a member of the HR Working Group. Judy is a founder member of the Duhallow Women’s Forum. She hails from Dromtariffe and is actively involved in her local community. She is a long standing member of the Irish Country Women’s Association and is the Vice President for the North Cork Guild and Secretary for the Dromtariffe Guild. She has also served as Vice Chairperson of IRD Duhallow for three years.
Maura Healy Rae
25 year old Cllr Maura Healy Rae joined the Board of IRD Duhallow in March of 2016. An independent Councillor for the Killarney Municipal District, Maura was co-opted onto Kerry County Council following her father, Danny Healy-Rae’s election to Dail Eireann. Maura is the fourth of the six Healy-Rae children of Danny and his wife Eileen. Her constituency
includes the East Kerry area, so she is very familiar with Duhallow and the projects and work that have been carried out in her area. Maura works as an English and History teacher in St. Brogan’s College, Bandon.
John Joe Culloty
John Joe joined the Board of IRD Duhallow in July 2015, as a Nominee of Kerry County Council. John Joe is self-employed in the construction industry for the past 30 years. He is Chairman of a number of committees including the HSE Health Forum
South, Killarney Muncipal District Strategic Twinning Committee, and Killarney Arts Working Group. He is a Board Member of St. Bridget’s Secondary School, Kerry Recreation & Sports Partnership, the Joint Policing Committee, and the Killarney National Park Liaison Committee. Involved in Killarney Mountain & Town Meitheals, and Killarney Looking Good, and
he served as Mayor of Killarney from June 14 - 15.
David Doyle joined the Board of IRD Duhallow in July 2015, as a nominee of the Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell. David holds the position of Senior Engineer in the Operations & Safety section of Kerry County Council. He previously worked in Killarney as a Town Engineer. He and his staff in the Municipal Districts, support and work with local development groups and tidy town organisations. David lives in Beaufort, Killarney and is an active member of the local Tidy Towns Committee.
Cllr Melissa Mullane joined the Board of IRDDuhallow in 2015 and is a member of Cork County Council representing the
Kanturk-Mallow area and was previously a Town Councillor in Mallow. Melissa is a long term employee of Dairygold Co-operative Society and former part-time VEC Tutor on Payroll and Taxation. She sits on both the Housing and Environment Strategic policy committees in Cork County Council and is the Chair of the LTACC. She chairs the IRD Duhallow
Youth & Education Working Group and sits on the Project Evaluation Committee.
Suzanne represents Inland Fisheries Ireland where she is Head of Business Development and Logistics. Suzanne has previously worked as a manager and accountant in the public and private sectors with experience in the agri-food and tourism industries. As head of Business Development with IFI, her focus is on developing the business of angling and has recently published the The National Strategy for Angling Development. Suzanne plays a pivotal role in the partnership between IRD Duhallow and IFI who were our partners in the EU Life+ SAMOK Programme and the development of the Duhallow Angling Centre of Excellence.
Cllr Gobnait Moynihan joined the Board of IRD Duhallow in June 2017. Gobnait is a member of Cork County Council representing the Blarney/ Macroom Municipal District. Gobnait was co-opted onto Cork County Council following her brother Aindrias Moynihan’s election to Dáil Eireann. The IRD Duhallow region was expanded last year to incorporate the greater Macroom, Inchigeelagh, Rylane area. Gobnait will continue to build stronger bonds between IRD Duhallow’s existing networks and the local communities in her own constituency.
Gearóid is a barrister and represents the Kanturk- Mallow area as a County Councillor. In April 2017, Gearóid was co-opted to replace the late Councillor Dan Joe Fitzgerald, who was a former member of the Board of IRD Duhallow. Gearóid serves as Chair of IRD Duhallow’s Youth and Education Working Group, is a
member of the Southern Regional Assembly and sits on Cork County Council’s Economic Development, Housing, Library and Joint Policing Committees. He is fluent in German and was educated at CBC Cork, UCD, King’s Inns and the University of Heidelberg. Gearóid is active in his local community and has a special interest in the economic and social development of rural areas. He joined the Board of IRD Duhallow in June 2017.