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 has worked with the company for 17 years and is the Assistant Manager with responsibility for the Enterprise team, which includes the Raptor Life, Skillnets, Community Employment,& LEADER Programmes. She supports the Manager in the day-to-day running of the company including Human Resources, financial operations of a number of programmes. Eileen monitors LEADER through its IT system and she
also represents Local Development Companies on Cork County
Childcare Committee, which she currently Chairs, and represents CCC boards Nationally on CCI. She also sits on Pobal’s Pension Board.
B.Soc.Sc., M.Soc.Sc, Dip Com, Leadership & Mgt, Cert in Agri.
Helen joined the company in 2005 and has worked in both Community & Enterprise Development over the last 13 years. Helen is the Community Services Team Leader with responsibility for the management and development of social enterprises including the Warmer Homes Scheme and Newmarket
Afterschools and manages the Community Services Programme. Helen also works on the Duhallow Skillnet Programme supporting local companies and employee’s access locally affordable training. Helen works closely with community, youth and voluntary groups in South and North Eastern Duhallow.
She is also the co-ordinator of the North Cork Childcare Network.
MBS Cooperative and Social Enterprise, B.Sc Public Health & Health Promotion, IMCV Professional Manager Award
Triona is the Tús and RSS Coordinating Supervisor with special responsibility for those under 25years. She oversees the RSS and Tús Programmes to ensure good planning, participant deployment, monitoring of outcomes/reporting and quality assurance. Triona is the coordinator of the Towards Occupation
Programme and oversees the SICAP Programme, Duhallow REVAMP and the Employment, Training and Equality briefs. She works with communities in Western Duhallow and supports the work of both the Community and Youth
and Education Working Groups.
MAAT- Accounting Technician, Aipa - Payroll Technician
Margaret is the Senior Accounts Administrator and has been employed by IRD Duhallow for twenty-one 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 including LEADER, SICAP and PEIL. She also oversees the Payroll and Pension administration and prepares Financial Reports for Management and
the Board of Directors on a monthly basis and compiles monthly
financial reports for the three Local Authority LEADER LAGs.
B.B.S. Postgraduate Dip in Rural Dev, Food Mkt & Co-ops, Cert in Agri, IMCV Professional Manager Award, Training Delivery & Evaluation (QQI L6)
Katie joined IRD Duhallow in 2007 and works across the SICAP
and LEADER Programmes. She is Assistant Coordinator of the
Horticulture Local Training Initiative(LTI) and promotes Community Education and Lifelong Learning through the SICAP programme. Katie is staff resource to the Environment Working Group and coordinates the work of Duhallow GIY Group, Duhallow Birdwatch Group and the Duhallow Beekeepers. Katie is staff resource to the Agriculture Working Group supporting low income farm families.
B.B.S., Postgraduate Dip in Rural Dev, Food Marketing and Co-operative Studies. Cert in Community Dev. IMCV Professional Manager Award
Mary joined IRD Duhallow in 2006 and is responsible for Employment and Training. She promotes lifelong learning animating and supporting LEADER and SICAP projects and works directly with the unemployed tackling disadvantage and delivering employment support services. She jointly coordinates the Gender Equality Programme (PEIL). She manages the Digital Skills for Citizens Grant Scheme and is the staff resource to the Duhallow Women’s Forum, Employment and Training Working Group and Equality Working Group.
B.C.L., Masters in Criminal Justice., Masters in Management, Cert in Agri., IMCV Professional Manager Award
Louise joined the IRD Duhallow Enterprise Team in November 2010, as the Enterprise and Tourism Development Officer, coordinating the Enterprise and Tourism supports under the LEADER and SICAP Programmes. She provides targeted support to startup and micro enterprises and SMEs. Louise implements the skillnet programme in the region, coordinating quality
affordable training for local businesses. She is the appointed, staff liaison for the Enterprise Working Group, the SAOI Network, Duhallow Befriending Network and the Literacy Support Programme.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Geography and English, Training Delivery & Evaluation (QQI L6), Manual Handling Instructor (QQI L6)
Jacinta joined IRD Duhallow in April 2016 and works with the
Employment and Training Team. She coordinates the PEIL Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning which offers support to Women wishing to return to the workforce through the provision of flexible accredited and non-accredited training, workshops and the offering of one to one support. She supports these individuals in accessing suitable
employment and training opportunities. Jacinta is the staff resource for the Equality Working Group and the Duhallow Women’s Forum.
Jennifer joined IRD Duhallow in 2016 and works full time in the
Front Office supporting the team in administration responsibilities,
and supports the other staff in the organisation. She is also
responsible for the co-ordination of various events for IRD Duhallow, and assists with Community events throughout the region.
B.A. (Sociology and History), H.Dip. Soc. Pol., M.S.W.
Nollaig joined the staff of IRD Duhallow in September 2017 on
a part-time basis. She works as an administrator on the LEADER
programme, and is responsible for ensuring that project related
documents are uploaded to the LEADER ICT system. She prepares the LEADER project files for progression through the system in order to meet the programme’s compliance checks. Nollaig also supervises the weekly Touch Type Read Spell classes for children, which occur during term time. These computer classes combine literacy development with touch typing lessons.
Dr. Allan Mee
PhD in Zoology, BSc Zoology
Allan joined IRD Duhallow in February 2018 as Project Scientist for the EU funded RaptorLIFE project. He previously worked as an external expert for IRD Duhallow on hen harrier monitoring and satellite tagging since 2016 and managed the White-tailed Eagle reintroduction project in Killarney National Park since 2007. Allan is responsible for a range of EU Annex species, especially research and monitoring on hen harrier and merlin; leading on actions to restore heather and moorland habitats; designing a management plan for hen harriers in SPAs and
the preparation of the project’s technical reports.
Dr Darren Reidy
PhD Applied Ecology, MSc Ecological Assessment, BSc Ecology
Darren joined IRD Duhallow in August 2018 as Technical Assistant on the EU funded RaptorLIFE project before becoming Project Scientist on the EIP-Agri funded project on the Allow Catchment Blue Dot Project. He provides scientific expertise in freshwater & wetland ecosystems, and has particular interest in the ecology of invasive species and habitat restoration. Darren conducts scientific, outreach and administrative work on all RaptorLIFE project actions and oversees the day to day running of the Allow EIP. He coordinates & conducts ecological surveys of wetland biodiversity and water quality monitoring, produces technical reports and works closely with the agricultural community, state agencies and other stakeholders.
B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology
Tomasz joined IRD Duhallow RaptorLIFE project full time in the
summer of 2017 having worked on the project as part of his student placement from Tralee IT. Tom was initially recruited to provide coverfor maternity leave. Tom has worked with RSS and Tus participants on removal of alien invasive species. His duties has gradually expended and he has now became fully engaged in most of project actions. His main responsibilities are data collection and analysis, monitoring of project measures and species, delivering GIS maps and liaison with project partners and other stakeholders.
MSc Applied Science in Ecological Assessment BSc Hons in Agriculture & Environmental Land Management
Michael joined IRD Duhallow in April 2019 as the Agricultural Environmental Specialist for the Dulhallow Farming for the Blue Dot Catchments Allow Project EIP. The project is a results based approach through farmland management to protect, enhance and promote environmental biodiversity and water quality. Michael will liaise with stakeholders in the Duhallow region to achieve the environmental objectives of the project.
BSc Rural Development, Certificate in Health & Safety in the Workplace
Marie is Senior Administrator with special responsibility for the Rural Social Scheme, the Community Laundry and Company Archiving processes. She is a member of our health and safety committee of which she is the current secretary and coordinates the company policies, briefing supervisors and team leaders in order to reduce risk of accidents. Marie coordinates staff training and development and oversees the Company’s IT and Phone Systems.
Bachelor of Business Studies & Marketing /Finance
Julie recently 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.
ECDL, Cert in Supervisory Management
Derval joined IRD Duhallow in 1999 and is employed as a clerical officer. She is based in the Reception and Administration Office. She
deals with general enquiries and administration and supports the manager in participation on a number of National Networks. Derval is editor of the company’s monthly Newsletter which is circulated to 10,000 homes in Duhallow. She is responsible for the company’s stationery requirements. Derval is the Authorised Signatory for the processing of National Vetting Bureau Applications for LEADER Partnerships that manage Tús and RSS programmes in the Southwest.
Paddy has been supervisor of the CE Scheme in IRD Duhallow for over fifteen years. Over the years, he has taken on responsibility for Health and Safety within IRD Duhallow and has been instrumental in developing policies and procedures in line with best practice. Paddy supports the participants on the scheme in developing their skills and supports them to access training in their bid to return to mainstream employment using the online Individual Learning Plan Computer System, each participant receives a tailored progression plan.
Dip. Community Education; Cert in Geneaology and Family History; Manual Handling Instructor (QQI L6), Supervisory Mgmt (QQI L6)
Sheila O’Keeffe joined IRD Duhallow in July 2004 as a Rural Social Scheme Participant with responsibility for administration. She was promoted to RSS supervisor in January 2008. Through IRD Duhallow she has upskilled her administration skills and completed a Supervisory Management Course. She was awarded a diploma in Community Education delivered in UCC in 2007 and a Certificate in Genealogy and Family History from UL in 2013. Sheila is a fully qualified Manual Handling instructor.
Certificate in Business Studies, Diploma in Rural Development, IMCV Professional Manager Award
Colm joined IRD Duhallow in July 2007 as the Warmer Homes Scheme Coordinator. Colm is responsible for the day to day running of a number of SEAI programmes which include the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme, Home Incentive Scheme and Better Energy Communities and has responsibility for the teams of installers we have working on warmer homes. Colm works as part of the Community Services Team and reports to the Social Economy Working Group on a monthly basis
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.
Supervisory Management (QQIL6), BER Assessor, Cert. in Genealogy and Family History
Nuala joined IRD Duhallow in Nov 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 Nov 2012, as administrator and field officer. In August 2016 she became TUS supervisor. She is responsible for the monitoring and improvement of the habitat and wildlife along the River
Blackwater and its catchment area of the River Araglin. Nuala liaises with many of the project stakeholders and oversees much of the on-the-ground actions. She also delivers educational lectures to the schools of Duhallow and the general public, 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, currently running at IRD Duhallow. She also works closely with the local GIY group which meet monthly at the James O’Keefe Institute.