Maura was appointed Manager of IRD Duhallow in 1991. An advocate of the “bottom-up” approach to Rural Development. Maura has managed the successful introduction, development and implementation of the LEADER Programmes, the Social Inclusion Programme and other initiatives in Duhallow. Maura is an active member of the Irish LEADER Development Network and has addressed a number of National and International Rural Development Conferences. Maura Walsh holds a BSc (Econ) from London University and a Diploma in Social Science and is currently undertaking a Masters in Leadership Management and Professional Practice.
B.A. (Econ & Geog), MBS (Business Economics), Dip. Personnel Mng. Dip in Public Procurement EU funded projects
Eileen is the Assistant Manager and has responsibility for the Enterprise team, which includes the Raptor Life, Skillnet, Community Employment & LEADER Programmes as well as the new EIP Programme. She supports the Manager in the day-to-day running of the company including Human Resources & the financial operations of a number of programmes. Eileen monitors LEADER through its IT system and she represents Local Development Companies on Cork County Childcare Committee, which she currently chairs. Eileen is a Trustee of the Pobal Pension Scheme.
MBS Cooperative and Social Enterprise, B.Sc Public Health & Health Promotion, IMCV Professional Manager Award, Training Delivery & Evaluation (QQI L6)
Triona is Employment, Training and Social Inclusion Coordinator with overall responsibility for the SICAP Programme. She is the coordinator of the Towards Occupation Programme and oversees the Equality and Training briefs including: the Ability Programme, Resilient Youth Programme, the Gender Equality Programme, Duhallow REVAMP, the Walks Scheme, RSS and Tús. She works with communities in Western Duhallow to access LEADER funding and supports the work of both the Community and Youth and Education Working Groups.
B.Soc.Sc., M.Soc.Sc, Dip Com, Leadership & Mgt, Cert in Agri
Helen is the Community Services Team Leader with 15 years experience in the sector. She has responsibility for the management of our social enterprises including the Warmer Homes Scheme, Newmarket Afterschools and Discover Duhallow Community Magazine. Helen oversees the management of the Community Services Programme. Helen also works on the Duhallow Skillnet Programme supporting local companies and employee’s access locally affordable training as well as working closely with communities in South and North Eastern Duhallow to access supports and funding through LEADER & SICAP. She is also the co-ordinator of the North Cork Childcare Managers Network and Duhallow Carers Network.
B.C.L., Masters in Criminal Justice, Masters in Management, Cert in Agri., IMCV Professional Manager Award; Training Delivery & Evaluation (QQI L6)
Louise joined the IRD Duhallow Enterprise team in November 2010, as the Enterprise and Tourism Development Officer, coordinating the Enterprise and Tourism supports of LEADER and SICAP. She provides targeted support to start-up, micro enterprises and SMEs. Louise implements the skillnet programme in the region, coordinating quality affordable training for local businesses in the region. She is the appointed, staff liaison for the Enterprise Working Group, Business Mentoring Programme, the SAOI Network, Duhallow Befriending Network and the Literacy Support Programme.
M.Ed Early Intervention, B.A Hons Child and Adolescent Care and Practice, Supervisory Management QQI L6, Training Delivery and Evaluation QQI 6.
Bríghid-Íde joined IRD Duhallow in 2019 as the Afterschools Co-ordinator. She is Assistant Co-ordinator of the Local Training Initiative in Horticulture. She also works on IRD Duhallow's Youth Employment Initiative, Broadening Your Horizons, which supports and empowers young people to participate in mentoring, skills based training and group development work.
Maggie joined IRD Duhallow in January 2020. As a development officer she works primarily on the LEADER programme where she supports and animates communities and businesses to develop their projects and ideas to access funding. Maggie also supports both the business sector and communities through our Discover Duhallow magazine featuring articles from community events, promoting businesses through local advertising campaigns and supporting the development of this new social enterprise itself. She works with communities and local people to include content of interest for our Duhallow readership. Having worked abroad for over 13 years Maggie uses her experience gained to fulfil her current role.
MAAT-Accounting Technician, AIPA – Payroll Technician
Margaret is the senior accounts administrator and has been employed by IRD Duhallow for twenty two years. She is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the company’s financial systems and procedures and the implementation of the apportionment of overheads across the various programmes delivered. She is responsible for completing financial returns for LEADER, SICAP, PEIL, LTI & Ability Programmes. She monitors programme administration budgets to ensure programme guidelines are followed. She liaises with the company auditors on an annual basis re year end accounts. She also oversees the payroll and pension administration and prepares financial reports for management and the board of directors on a monthly basis.
B.A. (Sociology and History), H.Dip. Soc. Pol, M.S.W, Q.Q.I. Level 6 Training Delivery and Evaluation
Nollaig joined the staff of IRD Duhallow in September 2017 on a part-time basis. She works as a Development Officer across the LEADER and SICAP programmes. Nollaig provides support for both of these programmes and prepares the LEADER projects for progression through the CRM system and compliance checks. Nollaig is specifically involved with IRD Duhallow’s integration of new communities remit and equality work, as well as the LEADER funded historic graveyard projects. She also works as a tutor on the weekly Touch Type Read Spell computer classes run as part of IRD Duhallow’s Literacy Programme for children
M.A International Tourism, B.A (Hon.) Business in Tourism, Training Delivery & Evaluation (QQI L6)
Stephanie joined IRD Duhallow in August 2018 and oversees various administration responsibilities in the Front Office whilst also assisting the Development Officers with numerous tasks. She is the staff resource for IRD Duhallow Newmarket After Schools, the Jobs Centre and CV Clinic service, the Duhallow Carers Network and North Cork Childcare Managers Network. Stephanie also co-ordinates a wide range of in- house events for IRD Duhallow and has liaised with stakeholders in relation to funding applications.
ECDL, Cert in Supervisory Management
Derval is employed as a Clerical Officer and is based in the Reception and Administration Office and she is one of the company’s longest serving employees with 20 years service in IRD Duhallow. She deals with initial enquiries to the Company and supports Management in day-to-day operations. She is editor of our monthly Newsletter, which is circulated to 15,000 homes in Duhallow. Derval is also the Liaison Person with the National Vetting Bureau on behalf of Partnerships supporting applications for Garda Vetting around the country
MSc Applied Science in Ecological Assessment
Michael joined IRD Duhallow in April 2019 as the Agri-Environmental Specialist for the Duhallow Farming for Blue Dot Catchments EIP Project. He liaises with project farmers to implement results based measures to protect, enhance and restore riverine habitats in the Allow Catchment. He is a Department of Agriculture approved Cross Compliance Farm Advisory Service advisor and a Hen Harrier EIP project approved advisor. As part of his new role, Michael will liaise with stakeholders in the Duhallow region to achieve the environmental objectives of the project and of the company.
BSc Rural Development. Supervisory Management (QQI L6), Certificate in Health & Safety in the Workplace.
Marie is Senior Administrator with special responsibility for the Rural Social Scheme and the Community Laundry. Marie provides administrative support to the Board, Social Economy Working Group and the LEADER Independent Evaluation Committee. She is secretary of the Health and Safety Committee and coordinates staff training and development in line with Excellence Through People guidelines and oversees the Company’s IT and Phone Systems. She ensures we are compliant with national bodies such as the Charities and Lobbying Regulator and the Standards in Public Office.
Diploma in Rural Development, Certificate in Business Studies, IMCV Professional Manager Award.
Colm joined IRD Duhallow in July 2007 as the Warmer Homes Scheme Coordinator and is responsible for the implementation of a number of SEAI programmes which include the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme, Home Incentive Scheme and Better Energy Communities. Colm co-ordinates staff training in line with the National Standard Authority of Irelands Cavity Wall Insulation System. Colm is responsible for the preparation of monthly accounts for Warmer Homes and processes the Payroll on a weekly basis. Colm chairs IRD Duhallow’s Health and Safety Committee and is a fully qualified Manual Handling Instructor.
Community Employment Supervisor
Paddy is the Supervisor on the IRD Duhallow Community Employment Scheme and has also been charged with the Health & Safety brief for the company. Paddy has responsibility for ensuring each participant maximises their time on the scheme by supporting, coaching and mentoring each person toward and on their chosen career path. He is also instrumental in developing policies and procedures in line with best practice for Health and Safety for all activities within the company.
Cert in Archaeology; Cert in Oral History; Training Delivery and Evaluation (QQI L6)
Don was appointed Tús Supervisor in June 2011. His main areas of responsibility include placement, induction, training and supervision of scheme participants in the areas of built heritage renovation and vintage machinery restoration. Don has over 20 years’ experience as a sub-contractor in the construction industry in Ireland and abroad. He has a keen interest in conserving the region’s built heritage. He is a master craftsman and stonemason and trains participants on the LTI, T.O and other in house programmes.
Supervisory Management (QQIL6), BER Assessor, Cert. in Genealogy and Family History
Nuala joined IRD Duhallow in November 2008 as an administrator. She became part of the Warmer Homes team and was their BER Assessor. She joined the IRD Duhallow LIFE Project team in November 2012, as administrator and field officer. In August 2016 she became Tús supervisor. Nuala liaises with many of the project stakeholders, LIFE teams and oversees much of the on-the-ground actions. She also delivers educational lectures on the LIFE Project and the environment.
Supervisory Management (QQI L6), Project Supervisor Construction Stage Level (QQI L6)
Thomas joined our Warmer Homes team in August 2013 working on the new ventilation specifications of the scheme. He was appointed Tus Supervisor in August 2016 with responsibility for coordinating and supervising participants placed in a number of settings in communities in the eastern Duhallow area including the maintenance of Newmarket Pitch & Putt course. Thomas also looks after the transport portfolio in the company and coordinates the maintenance of our fleet of vehicles.
B.A. Hons Sociology, Cert in Training and Development, Cert in Community Development, Cert in Therapeutic Horticulture
Rachel joined IRD Duhallow in 2014 as a Horticultural Trainer, working with Tús participants and members of the T.O group and Cope Foundation trainees to create the award winning IRD Duhallow Community Gardens. In March 2016 she became the Co-ordinator for the Local Training Initiative in Horticulture, which is currently in its 4th year at IRD Duhallow. She also works closely with the local GIY group which meet monthly at the James O’Keefe Institute.
Bachelor of Business Studies & Marketing /Finance
Julie joined IRD Duhallow in March 2015.Her previous employment was as Credit Analyst for Morgan McKinley recruitment agency. Julie has been appointed to the Finance department of IRD Duhallow and her primary responsibilities are in relation to the management of accounts for the company. This entails revenue returns, banking reports, salaries /wages and reconciliation of supplier payments. Julie also conducts Financial Reports, Trading accounts & Balance Sheets, which she presents to the Finance and Social Economy Working Groups on a monthly basis.