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  • Maura WalshThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Maura Walsh
    Manager

    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.

  • Eileen LinehanThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Eileen Linehan
    B.A. (Econ & Geog), MBS (Business Economics), Dip. Personnel Mng. Dip in Public Procurement EU funded projects

    Eileen is the Assistant Manager with responsibility for the Enterprise team which includes the Raptor Life, SICAP & LEADER Programmes. She supports the Manager in the day to day running of the company including Human Resources, prepares the Programme of Activities and oversees the financial operations of a number of programmes. Eileen monitors programmes through the IRIS & LEADER systems and she also represents Local Development Companies on Cork County Childcare Committee, which she currently Chairs, and represents CCC boards Nationally on CCI and also sits on Pobal’s Pension Board.

  • Helen O'SullivanThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Helen O'Sullivan
    B.Soc.Sc., M.Soc.Sc, Dip Com, Leadership & Mgt, Cert in Agri.

    With over 10 years’ experience in both Community Development and Enterprise Helen is the Community Services Team Leader with
    responsibility for the management and development of the Warmer Homes Scheme, Duhallow Community Laundry & Newmarket
    Afterschools. Helen is the Designated Child Protection Officer for the company. She works closely with community, youth and voluntary
    groups in South and North Eastern Duhallow to support their vision for improving their communities and develop their projects for both
    the LEADER and SICAP support She is also the co-ordinator of the IRD Duhallow Bereavement Support and Domestic Violence Helpline

  • Triona MurphyThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Triona Murphy
    MBS Cooperative and Social Enterprise, B.Sc Public Health & Health Promotion, IMCV Professional Manager Award

    Triona is the Tús and RSS Team Leader with special responsibility for those under 25years. She manages the support functions for all RSS and Tús Supervisors to
    ensure good planning, participant deployment, monitoring of outcomes/reporting and quality assurance. She is the liaison with the Department & Pobal and ensures
    the flow of internal ommunications. Triona provides employability mentoring and training for NEET (not in employment, education or training) under 25’s as part of
    the Dormant Accounts Fund Youth project and is the employer liaison for work placements. Triona is the coordinator of the Towards Occupation and oversees
    Duhallow REVAMP. She works with communities in Western Duhallow and supports the work of both the Community and Youth and Education Working Groups.

  • Margaret O'ConnorThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Margaret O'Connor
    MAAT- Accounting Technician, Aipa - Payroll Technician

    Margaret is the Senior Accounts Administrator and has been employed by IRD Duhallow for nineteen 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 and SICAP. She also oversees the Payroll and Pension administration and prepares Financial Reports for Management and the Board of Directors on a monthly basis. Margaret prepares financial management reports for LCDCs, Pobal and various programme implementers.

  • Katie CrowleyThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Katie Crowley
    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 the Enterprise Team of IRD Duhallow in 2007 and works across the SICAP and LEADER Programmes. She is Assistant
    Coordinator of the Horticulture Local Training Initiative(LTI) and works on the Dormant Accounts Youth Employment Initiative.
    Katie is the staff resource to: Duhallow Bird Watch Group, Duhallow’s GIY Group and the Duhallow Beekeeper Association. She assists
    individuals with LEADER and SICAP grant applications and is also the staff resource to the Agriculture and Environment Working Groups.

  • Mary CreedonThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Mary Creedon
    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 Equality, 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 through the Job Centre. She coordinates the Equality for Women Measure, BenefIT I.T. training and Integration of New Communities. Mary is the staff resource for the Duhallow Women’s Forum, the Employment & Training and Equality Working Groups. Mary is Chairperson of the Health and Safety Committee.

  • Louise BourkeThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Louise Bourke
    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 of LEADER and SICAP. She provides targeted support to start up and micro enterprises and SME’s Louise
    implements the skillnet programme in the region. She is the appointed staff liaison for the Enterprise Working Group, Business Mentoring
    Programme, the Duhallow Carers Group, the Lone Parents group, the SAOI Network, Duhallow Hill Walkers, Duhallow Boxing Club, Duhallow
    Befriending Network and the Literacy Support Programme.

  • Dr. Ilse CorkeryThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Dr. Ilse Corkery
    PhD in Ecology, BSc Science

    Ilse joined IRD Duhallow in April 2016 as Project Scientist for the EU funded RaptorLIFE programme. Ilse is responsible for monitoring a range of EU Habitats Directive Annex species (including plants, fish, raptors and their prey); leading on invasive species control/ eradication programmes; heather and moorland management; restoration of riparian areas and spearheading upland farmland conservation management, in line with the National Hen Harrier Threat Response Plan and new Locally Led Hen Harrier Agri-environment Scheme.

  • John BallingerThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    John Ballinger
    M.Sc Physical Geography, B.Sc Environmental Studies & Geography

    John Ballinger joined the Enterprise Team in April 2016 as the Technical Assistant for the RaptorLIFE project. He is an Environmental Scientist
    from New Zealand, with experience working in local government in an environmental monitoring role. He previously worked at IRD Duhallow
    as a researcher on the EPA Integrated Catchment Management Project. John liaises with many of the project stakeholders and oversees much
    of the on the ground actions. Together with the Project Scientist, he is responsible for scientific project reporting, and ecological monitoring
    through field studies and mapping using GIS.

  • Kasia MellerThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Kasia Meller
    MA in Political Science, IPASS Payroll Technician, Accounting Technician

    Kasia was appointed Accounts Officer in March 2007. In January 2008, Kasia took over as Finance Officer on the Community Development Team. She is responsible for the preparation of weekly and monthly accounts for RSS, TÚS, Out of school, Walks, Warmer Homes, and prepares quarterly reports to Pobal. Kasia also processes the Out of school and Warmer Homes wages on a weekly basis and she prepares financial reports for the Social Economy and Finance meetings and the reports for the Main Board.

  • Marie FlemingThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Marie Fleming
    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.

  • Derval CorbettThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Derval Corbett
    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.

  • Julie O'FlahertyThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Julie O'Flaherty
    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.

  • Jacinta CarrollThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Jacinta Carroll
    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Geography and English

    Jacinta joined IRD Duhallow in 2014 as a Tús Participant, where she gained experience of undertaking various administrative duties within the company. Since April 2016, she now works full time with the Employment and Training Team. She offers employment and support services to the unemployed through the Jobs Centre including CV Preparation and Interview Skills. She is also responsible for the co-ordination of many projects such as the Careers Exhibition, organised through SICAP by the Youth and Education Working Group.

  • Sheila O'KeeffeThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Sheila O'Keeffe
    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.

  • Colm CrowleyThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Colm Crowley
    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

  • Paddy O'ConnorThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Paddy O'Connor
    C.E. Supervisor

    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.

  • Don MurphyThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Don Murphy
    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.

  • Con O'SullivanThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Con O'Sullivan
    Cert in Family History and Genealogical Methods; Manual Handling Instructor (QQI L6)

    Con was appointed Tús supervisor in June 2011. He has responsibility for placement and supervision of the Scheme participants. He is also
    responsible for the keeping and recording of time sheets and wages. Con supervises participants working across a number of projects
    including the walks maintenance, village Renewal, the LIFE Project, Community building Maintenance and Renovations. Con holds a
    certificate in Family History and Genealogical Methods, obtained in the University of Limerick in 2013.

  • Sheila RocheThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Sheila Roche
    Dip. Comp. Sc.; Trainer Skills Cert; MOUS Masters Certificated; Cert. VDU Assessor; CPT Certificate; SNA (QQI L5); Supervisory Management (QQI L6)

    Sheila joined IRD Duhallow in December 2012 as a Tús Supervisor. Previous to that she worked in the IT department at Alps Electric Ltd in Millstreet for 9.5 years. Sheila is responsible for recruiting participants, preparing the wages on a weekly basis, timesheets and updating the Pobal One View record management system as well as preparing reports and accounts. Sheila oversees the administrative demands of the busy JOK training & meeting centre.

  • Danny McAuliffeThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Danny McAuliffe
    Manual Handling Instructor (QQI L6)

    Danny was appointed a Tús Supervisor in September 2013. He has the responsibility for supervision of scheme participants working with them daily on different projects both in the James O’ Keeffe Institute and out in the communities. His background is in construction and carpentry and has been a foreman on various projects. Danny has supported successive teams of participants in conservation works across the James O’ Keeffe complex.

  • Joe PierceThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Joe Pierce

    Joe ran his own construction business for a number of years and has a wealth of experience as an employer. He joined IRD Duhallow in 2013 as a Tús Supervisor and has responsibility for 20 participants. Joe’s construction experience ideally placed him to oversee the community building projects undertaken in the past few years, leading on the construction of the JOK Food Innovation Centre. His vast experience allowed him to lead a team of Tús participants to complete the foundations, blockwork, plastering and car park facilities of the building, greatly enhancing their confidence, skills and abilities and supporting their re-entry to the labour market while realising a dynamic and impressive facility that will serve the community well into the future.

  • Rachel BuddThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Rachel Budd
    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.

  • Mick CorcoranThe Staff IRD Duhallow
    Mick Corcoran

    Michael worked in the sugar factory as a supervisor and following its closure in 2006 secured employment with IRD Duhallow through
    the CSP Programme in 2009. Michael worked on our Warmer Homes Scheme and in July 2014 was promoted to RSS Supervisor. Michael has a team of 20 participants responsible for maintenance works carried out in a number of projects and communities across the Duhallow region. Michael also oversees a maintenance works across the James O’ Keeffe complex.