• Mary WallaceBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    Mary Wallace
    Chairperson, member of HR Committees

    Mary Wallace is the Board’s Chairperson and sits on the HR committee as well as the Women & Childcare, and Community Development Working Groups. She was elected to the Board in 2015 representing the South Eastern Region. She works in the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection. She has served on the Boards of Management of both primary and secondary schools. She is an active member of Donoughmore Community Council serving as Chairperson, and coordinates the Community Alert scheme for the parish.

  • Breeda Moynihan CroninBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    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 Vice 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. Breeda is Chair of the Social Economy Working Group of IRD Duhallow.

  • Anne Maria Bourke Board of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    Anne Maria Bourke
    Finance and HR Committees

    Anne Maria Bourke is a former Board Chair and she sits on the Finance and HR Committees. She represents the INTO and Trade Unions on the Board. She is a former National School Principal and has 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.

  • Brian KellyBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    Brian Kelly
    Board Member and Chair of the Enterprise Working Group

    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 Collins Board of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    Cormac Collins
    Board Member

    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

  • Ann FitzgeraldBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    Ann Fitzgerald
    Board Member

    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 holds the role of Public Relations Officer. She has competed in a variety of competitions nationally including CAPERS, public speaking, debating and drama.

  • Michael TwohigBoard of IRD Duhallow 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

  • Billy MurphyBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    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.

  •  John BreenBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    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.

  • Billy DennehyBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    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.

  • Padraic O'ConnellBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    Padraic O'Connell
    Board Member

    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.

  • Annette O'MahonyBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    Annette O'Mahony
    North Eastern Representative

    Annette was 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 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 Kanturk. Annette volunteers with groups such as Castlemagner Community Development Association, Tidy Towns and is involved in the local An Taisce litter watch.

  • Tom O'RiordanBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    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.

  • Jack RocheBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    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 represents IRD Duhallow on ILDN and also represented ILDN on ELARD the European LEADER Association for Rural Development from which he retired earlier 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

  • Judy O’LearyBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    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.

  • Maura Healy RaeBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    Maura Healy Rae
    Board Member

    28 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 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

  • John Joe CullotyBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    John Joe Culloty
    Board Member

    John Joe joined the Board of IRD Duhallow in July 2015. John Joe is self-employed in the construction industry for the past 30 years. John Joe lives with his wife, Mary, and their family in Spa, Tralee and he is very actively engaged in local community projects. He is a former Councillor with Kerry County Council. Throughout his time in public office he chaired a number of committees including: Killarney Municipal District Strategic Twinning Committee, and Killarney Arts Working Group. John Joe served as Mayor of Killarney from June

  • David DoyleBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    David Doyle
    Board Member

    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.

  • Margaret McSweeneyBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    Margaret McSweeney
    Board Member

    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 LyonsBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    John Lyons
    Board Member

    John recently retired from Forest Engineering based in Macroom where he held a National brief. He was secretary of the Forestry Union for the Forest Industry Transport Group and involved in various projects nationally and internationally. He is currently the Secretary and an active member of Macroom Tidy Towns for over 3 decades co-ordinating various projects. Secretary and active member of Macroom Handball/Racquetball club. Chairperson of Safeguarding Committee in Macroom Parish, Chairperson of local community association, member of gun club, hillwalking club and active member of Aghinagh Comhaltas Group. Married to Frances, with 4 daughters and nine grandchildren

  • Cllr Gobnait MoynihanBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    Cllr Gobnait Moynihan
    Board Member

    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. Gobnait will continue to build stronger bonds between IRD Duhallow’s existing networks and the local communities in her own constituency which includes the Macroom, Inchigeelagh, Rylane areas.

  • Cllr Gearoid MurphyBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    Cllr Gearoid Murphy
    Chair of Youth and Education Working Group

    Gearóid is a barrister and represents the Kanturk-Mallow area as a County Councillor. 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

  • Suzanne CampionBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    Suzanne Campion
    Board Member

    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.

  • Cllr Fionnán FitzgeraldBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    Cllr Fionnán Fitzgerald
    Board Member

    Cllr Fionnán Fitzgerald is a secondary 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.

  • Martin CoughlanBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    Martin Coughlan
    Board Member

    Martin is joining 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 Macroom 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.

  • Ian DoyleBoard of IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow
    Ian Doyle
    Board Member

    Ian Doyle is from Charleville, and all his life he’s been involved in his community. 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.