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.
(Econ & Geog), MBS(BusinessEconomics), Dip.Personnel Mng. Dip in Public Procurement EU funded projects.
Eileen is the Assistant Manager and has responsibility for the Enterprise team, which includes Skillnet, WHS, Social Enterprise Regeneration Programme, Community Employment, LEADER Programme & EIP. 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 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(QQIL6)
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, 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, DipCom,Leadership & Mgt,Cert in Agri.
Helen is the Community Services Team Leader with 17 years’experience in the sector. She currently oversees the
Rural Community Health Initiative, STRIVE, Social Farming, Newmarket Afterschools and the Job Centre. Helen has taken on a key role in managing our community response to the Ukrainian Crisis, overseeing the rollout of our supports to Millstreet and Banteer accommodation centres
as well as to individuals settled in the community. Helen also works closely with communities in South and
North Eastern Duhallow to access supports and funding through LEADER & SICAP. She also oversees the Community Development and Youth Working Groups.
B.C.L., Masters in Criminal Justice, Masters in Management, Dip in Learningand Development, Cert in Agri., IMCV Professional Manager Award;Training Delivery & Evaluation(QQIL6)
Louise joined IRD Duhallow in November 2010, as the Enterprise and Tourism Development Officer, coordinating the Enterprise and Tourism support measures of LEADER
and SICAP. Louise implements the skillnet programme in the region, coordinating quality affordable training for local businesses and she is the appointed staff liaison for the
Enterprise Working Group. She also oversees the publication of Discover Duhallow which is distributed
around the communities on a fortnightly basis.
M.Ed Early Intervention, B.A Hons Child and Adolescent, Training DeliveryandEvaluation QQI6.
Bríghid-Íde commenced work with IRD Duhallow in 2019.
As a Development Officer she covers areas including
Equality, Youth, Employment and Training. She is the
Afterschools Co-ordinator, Assistant Coordinator for Local
Training Initiative in Horticulture and Co-ordinator of IRD
Duhallow’s STRIVE programme. Bríghid-Íde supports the
implementation of strategic actions for IRD Duhallow by
engaging specific groups including people with disabilities,
children and youths, older people and in particular people
experiencing rural isolation and social exclusion. Bríghid-Íde
is the staff resource for the Equality Working Group
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-five years. She is responsible for preparing monthly accounts for EIP Blue
Dot, EIP Araglen & EIP Farm payments Programmes and completes quarterly returns to Department of Agriculture .
She is also responsible for preparing IRD Duhallow Skillnet Programme Monthly Accounts and Bank Reconciliations. She supports the Skillnet Programme in recording the
financial details of course participants. She completes entries on a monthly basis to Skillnet SONRAI Accounts
Masters of Social Work, H. Dip.Social Policy, B.A. (hons.Sociologyand History), Q.Q.I. level6Training DeliveryandEvaluation
ollaig joined the staff of IRD Duhallow in 2017 on a part time basis. She works as a Development Officer and assists
in the co-ordination of both the LEADER and SICAP Programmes. Nollaig is 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 and
Spell classes, part of IRD Duhallow’s Literacy Programme for children.
M.A International Tourism, B.A (Hon.) Business in Tourism, Training Delivery & Evaluation(QQIL6),Supervisory Management (QQIL6).
Stephanie joined IRD Duhallow in August 2018 and is a Development Officer as part of the Community and
Employment Team supporting communities with the process of grant applications and claims. She is the staff
resource for IRD Duhallow Jobs Centre and CV Clinic service, the Duhallow Carers Network, Saoi network,
Women’s Forum and Dormant Accounts programme and coordinates a wide range of community education events. Stephanie is IRD Duhallow’s Communications Officer on the
ILDN Communications Working Group and a regular contributor to the Discover Duhallow magazine.
ECDL, Cert in Supervisory Management
Derval Joined the staff of IRD Duhallow in 1999 on a part-time basis. She is employed as a clerical officer and is based in the Reception and Administration Office where she deals
with initial queries to the company and supports Management and Staff with administration assistance. Her
areas of responsibility include the company’s stationery requirements and is editor of the monthly Newsletter, which is circulated to over 14,000 homes in Duhallow. Derval is one of the Liaison Persons with the National Vetting Bureau on behalf of Partnership Companies supporting Garda Vetting Applications nationally.
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.
B.A. Hons Sociology, QQI Level 6 Training and Development, Cert in Community Development,Cert inTherapeutic 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 6th year at IRD Duhallow. She also works closely with the local GIY group which meet monthly at the James O’Keeffe
Bachelor of Business Studies & Marketing /Finance
Julie joined IRD Duhallow in March 2015 and is part of the Finance department. Her primary responsibilities are in relation to the management of accounts for various
programmes within the organisation. Her role includes undertaking revenue returns, banking reports, and preparation of supplier payments. She is also responsible for the Creditors payments function and Debtors accounts reconciliation’s within Duhallow Community Foods on a
DiplomaInBusiness, Digital MarketingInstituteProfessional, Training & Development QQILevel6.
Monica joined the IRD Duhallow team in June 2021 as Development Officer on the Enterprise Team, assisting with
our Skillnet Programme. She also coordinates the enterprise and tourism LEADER funding. She brings many years of hospitality management, business development and marketing experience with her from her time in
Washington DC and Ireland. She has previously held the position of secretary with Charleville Chamber of
Commerce and has been a board member with local tourism development groups for many years.
MA Sociology (Youth, Community and Social Regeneration), B.A. Economics and Sociology.
PJ joined IRD Duhallow in November 2021 as the Social Enterprise Development Officer. PJ works with social enterprises from around Duhallow by organising training
and workshops in the areas of digital innovation, strategic planning, income diversification and governance. PJ also
arranges mentoring session between skilled professionals and the managers and staff of purpose driven social
enterprises in Duhallow. PJ is experienced in qualitative and
quantitative social research methods which can be used for consultation research.
Masters of Social Policy, BComm (Hons).
Majella took up the position of Rural Community Health Worker (RCHW) at IRD Duhallow in February 2022. The role of the RCHW is to support and signpost people to activities
which promote wellbeing. Majella has worked in community health for over a decade supporting the development and delivery of health initiatives which
address health inequalities and help achieve better outcomes for people and communities. A graduate of
University College Cork, Majella holds a Masters in Social Policy, as well as an Honours degree in Commerce.
BBus Honours, Bachelor of Business, BBus Advanced Certificate in AccountingTraining Delivery & Evaluation(QQIL6).
Jackie joined IRD Duhallow in September 2020 and is the
Accounts Manager. She is responsible for creating and implementing internal financial control procedures. She
presents financial reports for management and the Board of
Directors monthly and also prepares financial returns for programs such as LEADER and SICAP. Jackie monitors
Budgets and prepares variance analysis along with commentary. As part of her role she liaises with company auditors for year-end accounts.
MScSustainable Development, BSc Applied Plant Biology
Mike joined IRD Duhallow in November 2020 as the Project
Scientist for the Duhallow Farming for Blue Dot Catchments EIP project where he is responsible for the monitoring of water quality and biodiversity on project farms. Mike also provides administrative support to the Duhallow Beekeepers Association and is responsible for many of the company’s LEADER-funded biodiversity projects. In January 2022, he also began working as the Project Ecologist on the
Owentaraglin River EIP. Mike is staff resource for the Environment Working Group and has recently set up
Duhallow Conservation Volunteer Network.
Bachelorof Arts (BA),Bachelorof Laws (LLB), Mastersof Law (LLM), Higher Diplomain Accounting & CorporateFinance(H Dip ACF).
Gráinne joined the accounts team in October 2021. Gráinne is primarily responsible for the Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable function with accounts to be updated on a monthly basis. She also creates and further
strengthens our internal financial controls. Gráinne produces and presents financial reports for management and the Board of Directors on a monthly basis. She assists in the production of financial returns for Afterschools, RSS and
Masters inPhilology,EnglishandFrenchlanguageandliterature, Cert in Administration.
Mariia joined IRD Duhallow on a part time basis in June 2022 as part of the Community Services Team working
specifically on the Ukrainian response. She is the Ukrainian Refugees` Support Worker and through this role, acts as an English/Ukrainian translator. As part of her day to day activities, Mariia helps the team to communicate with
Ukrainian Refugees, and assists the team in developing supports to help integrate refugees into the wider
SupervisoryManagement(QQIL6),Training Delivery & Evaluation(QQI L6), Manual HandlingInstructor (QQI L6). Major AwardInCarpentry AndJoinery(QQIL6)
Colm joined IRD Duhallow and the Furniture Revamp Team in 2016. He was appointed RSS Supervisor in November 2021 with responsibility for coordinating and supervising
participants placed in a number of settings. Colm also looks after the transport portfolio in the company and coordinates the maintenance of our fleet of vehicles. In addition Colm is a member of the Health and Safety
committee and is one of the in-house manual handling instructor.