Anne Maria Bourke
Anne Maria Bourke is the Board’s Chairperson and sits on the Finance and HR Committes, and was elected to the Board to represent Trade Unions. Anne Maria is the 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 KanturkBridge Clubs.
Vice Chairpersonand Chair of the Finance Committee
Brian was elected to the Board to represent the Western Duhallow region in June 2014 and is the current Vice Chairman as well as Chair of the Finance Committee. 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.
Breeda Moynihan Cronin
Chair of the Social Economy Working Group
Breeda re-joined the Board in 2014 to represent Duhallow’s Social Enterprises. 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.
Chair of Youth and Education Working Group
Eimear is a 25 year old primary school teacher, teaching in Liscarroll N.S ASD unit. A Newmarket native, she was nominated to the board in 2015 representing Macra na Feirme, and she is a member of the Freemount Club. Eimear is current chairperson of IRD Duhallow’s Youth and Education Working Group. Heavily involved in the community, Eimear is on the management committee of Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel and is a member of Ceoltoiri Sliabh Luachra. She is an active member of Banteer Drama group. Eimear has served on the Board of Newmarket Credit Union.
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.
Inspector Aileen Magner
Aileen joined the Board in July 2015. Since the recent amalgamation of Garda Districts, Aileen is now the district Inspector for Mallow District, which incorporates the former Kanturk District. Aileen is based in Mallow Station. She is a native of Kilfinane in Co. Limerick and has worked as a Garda, Sergeant and now Inspector in Mallow District and is very familiar with the Duhallow area. Aileen and her partner Dave have a young daughter and baby boy.
Chairman of IRD Duhallow’s Agriculture Working Group and the Duhallow Skillnet. Member of the Focal Farmer Programme.
John, a full time Dairy Farmer from Dromtariffe was first elected on to the Board in July 2009 representing the farming organisations. In May 2016 he was elected as a community rep for North Eastern Duhallow. John and his wife, Angela, have three children. John is an active member of the Dromtarriffe community. He has completed a degree in Rural Development and
is the Chairman of IRD Duhallow’s Agriculture Working Group and a member of the steering group for the Duhallow Skillnet. John is also Dromtariffe Juvenile GAA Chairman and is a member of the Focal Farmer Programme.
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.
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.
Mid Cork Area Representative
Aongus joined the Board of IRD Duhallow in February 2016, representing the new Mid Cork region. He is an active member of Ballinagree Community Development Group and is the current chairperson and they have ambitious plans to develop the community infrastructure in the coming years. Aongus works in Fexco Killorglin as an Information Technology Program Manager by profession. He hails originally from Co. Meath and is married in Ballinagree with three children. Aonghus has a keen interest in GAA and is involved in his local Aghinagh Club.
Chair of the Community Development Working Group
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. She is Chairperson 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.
South Eastern Duhallow Representative
Noreen is a native of Banteer and was elected to the Board of IRD Duhallow to represent the South Eastern Duhallow region in 2015. Having completed a BSc and a Higher Diploma in Education in UCC, Noreen received her primary teaching qualification from Mary Immaculate College, and is the Principal of Scoil Fhursa, Lyre. She volunteers with many community groups in Banteer including Banteer Community Centre and Annual Show Committee, the Glen Theatre Banteer, and currently holds the position of Chairperson of Banteer/Lyre and Districts Community Council.
Western Duhallow Representative
Batt was elected to the Board of IRD Duhallow in June 2014 representing the Western Duhallow region. He is an active member of the Kiskeam community and volunteers with many community and voluntary groups. He is the current chairperson of Kiskeam’s Development Association, and a member of Kiskeam Social Action Group, the Graveyard Committee and
also of Boherbue/Kiskeam St. Vincent de Paul Society of which he is a founding member. He is also a former Board member of Newmarket Co-op. A full time farmer by profession, Batt is married to Joan and they have seven children.
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.