- Breeda Moynihan Cronin
Vice Chairperson and Chair of the Social Economy Working Group
Breeda re-joined the Board in 2014 to represent Duhallow’s Social Enterprises and is the current Chair. 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. She was elected Chair of IRD Duhallow in 2019.
- Annette O'Mahony
North Eastern Representative
Annette was elected to the Board in May 2016 representing the North Eastern Duhallow region and is the current Vice Chair. 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 N.S. and has also spent time as Chairperson of its Parents Association. She also served as Treasurer of the Parents Council in Mercy Secondary School. Annette volunteers with voluntary groups such as Castlemagner Community Development Association, Tidy Towns and is involved in the local An Taisce litter watch. Annette Chairs our Audit & Finance Committee.
- Anne Maria Bourke
Finance and HR Committees
Anne Maria Bourke is a former Board Chair and she sits on the Finance and Chairs our HR Committee. She represents the INTO and Trade Unions on the Board. She is a former National School Principal and has a keen interest in supporting children with disabilities, working closely with Tusla in an advisory capacity. She is an active member of the Allianz Sciath na Scoil North Cork Primary Schools’ Games and Cork Primary School Sports. She is a keen bridge player and is a member of both the Brogeen and Kanturk Bridge Clubs and is the current President of the South Munster Bridge Association. She is the present Chairperson of a local Board of Management and is Chairperson of Castlemagner Parish Council.
- Cormac Collins
Cormac is a former Chairman of IRD Duhallow holding the role from 2012 to 2015. He’s from Gneeveguilla and works as a Senior Manager in ESB based in Tralee and at ESB offices at Dublin Airport. 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, who developed a cultural centre in Gneeveguilla village, “Teach Failte”. He serves on the HR, Finance and Community Development Working Groups
- Seán Wallace
Seán is a Senior Software Engineer with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation. He was nominated to the Board of IRD Duhallow in 2019 as the Macra na Feirme representative. He is the current Munster Vice President of Macra, sitting on the Board of Directors, and previously held the positions of National Secretary, Chair of the National Competitions Committee, and represented the Muskerry region on National Council for 4 years. He is also a member of both the Community Council & Macra na Feirme in Donoughmore, and sits on the Agriculture Working Group of IRD Duhallow.
- Michael Twohig
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, in the past he also 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
- John Breen
Member 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.
- Padraic O'Connell
Padraic is from Kanturk where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He is a member of the Enterprise Working Group. Padraic has a BBS from UL. He is currently Head of HR at Ervia (formerly Bord Gais) having held senior management roles there in Energy Policy, Commercial, PR, Marketing and Legal for the past 15 years. Padraic has presented at energy conferences in Ireland and across Europe. In 2016, he was appointed Chair of the Gas Infrastructure Europe BrExit Taskforce. Padraic enjoys golfing and is a member of Kanturk and Killarney Golf Clubs, holding Kanturk committee roles for over a decade.
- Jack Roche
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 has represented IRD Duhallow on ILDN and LDN on ELARD the European LEADER Association for Rural Development of which he is past President. He retired from ILDN this year. 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.
- Billy Murphy
South Eastern Representative
Billy was elected to the Board of IRD Duhallow to represent South Eastern Duhallow in 2018. He is a founding member and Chairperson of the Lyre Community Culture, Sport and Leisure Association and has overseen large-scale community development in Lyre village including the development of their community centre. Billy is also a long standing member of Banteer, Lyre & Naad District Community Council. Billy works in the Water Section of Cork County Council and is an avid community volunteer.
- Pat Brosnan
Pat was elected to the Board to represent Western Duhallow in July 2020. He has over 20 years experience as an online marketing consultant specialising in Search Engine Optimisation, E business consultancy and website design. Pat has lived in Gneeveguilla for over 40 years and has been involved in the GAA, Walking and Basketball Clubs. He is an active member Gneeveguilla Development Association where he is in charge of PR. He also updates Rathmore Parish website. Pat is a member of North Cork Business Alliance and is an online advisor to Charleville Chamber of Commerce.
- Billy Dennehy
Western Duhallow Representative
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 Chairman of Kiskeam GAA Club. He is working as an Engineer with Cork County Council. Billy is married to Emily and they have two children.
- Tom O'Riordan
North Eastern Representative
Tom O’Riordan was elected to the Board in July 2019 to represent the communities of North Eastern Duhallow. Tom, a native of Kilbrin is married to Nora Mary and they have six children. Tom worked for many years in retail where he held a variety of roles and owned his own business for a number of years. In recent times, he retired to part time farming. Tom has been actively involved in Kilbrin Community for over forty years where he held posts of Secretary, PRO, and Chairperson. Tom was one of the instigators of the heritage project, which restored Dr. Croke’s birthplace house in Kilbrin. Tom’s hobbies include Golf, Heritage, Music and Dancing and GAA.
- Margaret McSweeney
Margaret McSweeney was elected to the Board in 2019. She lives in Macroom with her husband and son. Her background includes work as a qualified Pastry Chef as well as a Carer for those with Intellectual Disabilities and is presently studying Business in line with her current interests. She is a member of a number of committees such as Clondrohid Development Group and Clondrohid Hall Committee. Margaret served as Parent’s representative for 6 years on a secondary school’s Board of Management and was child officer for 5 years in a local GAA club.
- John Lyons
John is a retired Forest Engineering. He was secretary of the Forestry Union for management staff, Chair of the Forest Industry Transport Group, and involved in various projects nationally and internationally. His current involvements include Secretary and active member of Macroom Tidy Towns, secretary of Macroom Handball/ Racquetball club, Chairperson of Safeguarding Committee in Macroom Parish, Chairperson of local community association, member of gun club, hillwalking club and an active member of Aghinagh Comhaltas Group. Married to Frances, they have 4 daughters and nine grandchildren.
- James O'Keeffe
James was elected to the Board of IRD Duhallow as the Blue Dot Farmer Representative in July 2020. A fourth-generation dairy farmer from Lismire. He is the Chairman of the Newmarket Charleville ICMSA. James was elected to be an advisory Committee member of Kerry co-op in 2011. In 2018 he was elected to the Board of Directors of Kerry co-op. In 2019 James was appointed to their strategy committee. He is an outdoor enthusiast and is a member of the Irish Mountain Running Association. Married to Aine, they have two children.
- Judy O’Leary
Chair of the Women and Childcare Working Group and member of the HR Working Group.
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 Guilds and a member of Kiskeam Guild. She has also served as Vice Chairperson of IRD Duhallow for three years.
- Suzanne Campion
Suzanne represents Inland Fisheries Ireland where she is Head of Business Development. Suzanne has previously worked as a manager and accountant in the public and private sectors. As head of Business Development with IFI, her focus is on developing habitat, angling infrastructure and angling marketing through the implementation of The National Strategy for Angling Development. Suzanne represents IFI in the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation and many rural development strategy groups.
- David Doyle
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 is currently working on the development of proposals for a number of strategic sites in Kerry. He previously worked in Roads directorate and as Killarney Town Engineer who supported and worked 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 Maura Healy Rae
Cllr Maura Healy Rae joined the Board of IRD Duhallow in March of 2016. An independent Councillor for the Killarney Municipal District, 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 region. Maura works as an English and History teacher in St. Brogan’s College, Bandon.
- Cllr Fionnán Fitzgerald
Cllr Fionnán Fitzgerald is a secondary school teacher and was elected Councillor for the Castleisland Area in the recent local elections of May 2019. He was nominated to the Board of IRD Duhallow to represent Kerry County Council. He has been a community activist for many years particularly in the field of social inclusion for the elderly, community alert groups and also the provision of sport for youth. He hopes to continue to help connect people to their own communities in his area.
- Cllr Gobnait Moynihan
Cllr Gobnait Moynihan joined the Board of IRD Duhallow in June 2016. Gobnait was elected as a County Councillor by the people of Millstreet / Macroom Municipal District, and has been representing the people of the area since 2016. Gobnait works closely with her brother Aindrias Moynihan TD to represent the people of the area, both in Council and in Dáil Eireann. Cllr Gobnait Moynihan sits on the Southern Regional Drug and Alcohol Taskforce as well as Cork Sports Partnership. The IRD Duhallow region was expanded 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
- Martin Coughlan
Martin Coughlan joined the Board of IRD Duhallow in 2019. Martin is a member of Cork County Council representing the Macroom Municipal District and is Deputy Mayor of the County for 2019/2020. Martin was previously a Town Councillor in Macroom for 20 years, having served as Town Mayor on three separate occasions. Martin is a retired FAS supervisor who lives in Marcoom and is an active Community worker. He is the current Chairman of the Macroom Tidy Towns group and on the Board of Directors of the Briery Gap and also works with the Enterprise Board organising the Food Festival, the St. Patricks Day parade and the erection of the Macroom town Christmas lights.
- Cllr Ian Doyle, County Mayor
Ian Doyle is from Charleville, and all his life he’s been a community man. He was a founding member of Charleville Show 40 years ago and has held many positions over that time including Chairman. He is a member of the St Vincent de Paul, Holy Cross Conference and was President for many years. He is Chairman of the Charleville Heritage Society, Treasurer of the Charleville Tidy Towns Committee and he is currently a board member of Ballyhoura Development, Charleville Sheltered Housing and Community Care, Charleville Community Hall, Charleville Chamber, and Newtownshandrum Community Association. He also sits on the Board of Management of St Marys Secondary School and the CBS Primary School Charleville.