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.
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, 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.
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.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., Postgrad Dip in Rural Dev, Mkt & Co-ops. Dip in Community Dev. IMCV Professional Mgr Award. Cert in Career Needs Assessment, Planning and Support for Work
Mary joined IRD Duhallow in 2006 and currently works across LEADER, SICAP, the Community Food Initiative and Digital Skills for Citizens Programmes. She is the Assistant Coordinator to the QQI Level 5 Horticulture Local Training Initiative. Mary coordinates labour market activation, adult and second chance and promotes lifelong learning through the community education programme of SICAP. She also works closely with community groups in South Cork providing assistance in relation to LEADER funding. Mary is the staff resource to the Duhallow Women’s Forum and the Employment and Training Working Group.
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. She also facilitates the Dormant Accounts Carers Programme for 2019/2020.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Geography and English, Person Centred Planning (QQI Level 6) Training Delivery & Evaluation (QQI L6).
Jacinta joined IRD Duhallow in April 2016, working with the Community and Employment Team. Jacinta is the Youth Disability Engagement Officer for the Ability Programme where she supports young people with a disability to develop a person centred plan and delivers the Life Skills element of the Programme. Jacinta is co-ordinator for the PEIL Duhallow Work Opportunities for Women Programme which offers a range of supports to Women wishing to return to the workforce. She has also worked on the Resilient Youth Programme and initiatives through SICAP. Jacinta is the staff resource for the Equality Working Group
B.A.(Hon) Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Sociology
Conor joined IRD Duhallow in September 2018 following an internship at the ESRI where he assessed regional house price trends. His dissertation explored the allocation of national LEADER funding during the 07-13 period. This knowledge has led him to his current position working on LEADER through supporting Community groups and as staff liaison for the Community Development Working Group. Conor supported the implementation of IRD Duhallow’s Community Consultation process which ran during the months of March and April as well as previously working on the Community Development Initiative 2018.
B.A. Degree in Information Systems Management with Web Technologies, Supervisory Management QQI L6
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. In the past year she has worked primarily on the Resilient Youth Programme encouraging 15 to 24 year olds to participate in pre-employment training, mentoring and group development.
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 administrative support for both of these programmes and prepares the LEADER projects for progression through the ICT system and compliance checks. Nollaig is involved with IRD Duhallow’s integration and equality work, as well as LEADER funded genealogy and graveyard projects. She also works as a tutor on the weekly Touch Type Read Spell classes run as part of IRD Duhallow’s Literacy Programme for children.
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 as well as Project Scientist on the EIP-Agri funded project Duhallow Farming Blue Dot Catchments. 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 is an ecologist on IRD Duhallow Raptor LIFE project having completed work experience as part of his degree programme on our SAMOK project. Tomasz has worked with both RSS and Tús participants on the removal of alien invasive species including Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed. His duties have gradually expended over time and he is now fully engaged in most of the project actions. His main responsibilities include data collection and analysis, monitoring of project measures and target species, GIS spatial analysis and production of maps. He helps with preparation of reports and occasionally liaise with project partners and other stakeholders.
MSc Applied Science in Ecological Assessment BSc Hons in Agriculture & Environmental Land Management
Our newest recruit, Michael joined IRD Duhallow in April 2019 as the Agricultural Environmental Specialist for the Dulhallow Farming for the Blue Dot Catchments EIP. Previous to this, Michael worked as a Farm Planner for FRS Network, advising farmers on Government Schemes including GLAS & BPS. Michael is an approved advisor for Hen Harrier and Pearl Mussel. 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.
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.
Certificate in Business Studies, Diploma in Legal Studies, Accounting Technician (M.I.A.T I)
Sinead was appointed Accounts Officer in February 2019. She is responsible for the preparation of weekly and monthly accounts for RSS, TÚS, Out of school, Walks, CE and prepares quarterly reports to Pobal. Sinead also processes the Out of school, laundry and CE Payroll on a weekly basis and she prepares financial reports for the Social Economy and Finance meetings and the reports for the Main Board. She assists in the production of financial returns to the 3 Local Authority LAGs.
ECDL, Cert in Supervisory Management
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.
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.
Dip. Community Education; Cert in Geneaology and Family History; Manual Handling Instructor (QQI L6), Supervisory Mgmt (QQI L6)
Dip. Community Education; Cert in Genealogy and Family History; Manual Handling Instructor (QQI L6), Supervisor Management (QQI L6)
Sheila O’Keeffe joined IRD Duhallow in July 2004 as a Rural Social Scheme Participant with responsibility for administration. She progressed to RSS supervisor in January 2008. Through IRD Duhallow she has upskilled her administration skills and completed a Supervisory Management Course. She has a diploma in Community Education delivered by UCC in 2007 and a Certificate in Genealogy and Family History delivered by UL in 2013. She is a fully qualified Manual Handling instructor.
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 coordinates 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
John joined IRD Duhallow in July 2019 and works full time as a Business Development Officer. Over the course of his career he has worked in the Pharmaceutical, Engineering and Education sectors in the UK, China & Australia. During each of these roles he was heavily involved with the management team particularly in the fields of Operational Management, Strategic Coordination, Market Research, Business Process Improvement and Financial Analysis, as well as working closely with Stakeholders. He also has a lot of experience in Business Enterprise and has been involved in two start-up's which he cofounded. John will be working with Social Enterprises as part of his brief.