PEACE AND RECONCILIATION CENTRE

NAOIMH MCNAMEE is our current CEO. She is an experienced senior manager and mediator (MCIArb), with qualifications in International Relations (DCU) and international Security & Global Governance (Birkbeck). During her time in London, Naoimh managed a variety of fundraising campaigns and social enterprises for the Charities Advisory Trust, in addition to her work on humanitarian aid projects in Belarus (Chernobyl Children’s Project, Student’s 10k Walk, Bike-2-Belarus). In the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb – London), Naoimh implemented a large scale governance review and managed major projects for the organisation. Naoimh has held project roles in the Oireachtas, the Law Society of Ireland, the Dublin Dispute Resolution Centre and Accenture. She brings a wealth of experience in change management, business process improvement and strategic human resources management, in both the private and public sectors.
GERARD CAHILL is a qualified accountant who has over 20 years’ experience in the logistical and service industry, before joining The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in 2007 as C.F.O.  Gerry is on the Board of The Glencree Visitor’s Centre and also, the Board of the South Dublin Voluntary Groups Ltd (SDVG).
EAMON RAFTER is Learning Co-ordinator at Glencree where he has worked since 2005. He is a peace educator and facilitator with responsibility for education and training programmes with schools, youth, universities, adult and community groups. He has worked on peacebuilding programmes in Ireland north and south, Israel & Palestine, South Africa, Afghanistan and in several European countries. His role also involves documenting and sharing the learning of the organization and in this capacity he has recently compiled and edited the book ‘Deepening Reconciliation’.
PHIL KILLEN (although not officially a staff member), is Coordinator of the Women’s Programme at the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation working with women north and south.  She is an experienced senior manager and human resource professional and worked in the service industry with clients in the public, private and Semi-state sector. She is a business and training consultant, holds a BA in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management, is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and a Licensed Master Practitioner of NLP.
NADETTE FOLEY and LOUISE KEATING are the joint Co-ordinators of the Glencree Refugee Integration and Cultural Diversity Programme.

Nadette lived in Pakistan, working with refugees from Afghanistan in 1989 and 1990. She was Director of the Irish Refugee Council in the 1990s and was a Board member of the Refugee Agency who were responsible for the resettlement of the Bosnian refugees. As CEO of the Multi-Cultural Resource Centre-Northern Ireland, she facilitated consultations between minority ethnic and faith groups and statutory agencies, during the introduction of new Equality and Human Rights legislation  resulting from the Good Friday Agreement. She engaged with in inter-faith work through the Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum and with Jesuit Refugee Service in Dublin.

Louise has a background in Youth and Community Work, Training and Facilitation, Intercultural Integration and Homelessness. She has worked with Foroige, Irish Refugee Council, Comhlamh, South County Dublin Partnership, and Focus Ireland. She lived and worked in Africa (Kenya and Rwanda) and has been engaged with migrant and refugee issues in Ireland for over 20 years. Louise managed an Intercultural Drop-in Centre established by Tallaght Intercultural Action and supported by Catholic and Anglican groups with many Muslim participants. She holds a Social Science degree, Diploma in Community Work and MA in Cross Professional Supervision.

VAL KIERNAN is Programme Administrator, assisting all managers with the various programmes run by Glencree. Before joining Glencree in 2011, Val previously worked in Phoenix Assurance Co. and M.S.F. Union, now Unite, as an office administrator.
JOE ROBINSON joined Glencree on a part-time basis in September 2016 as a researcher and programme developer specialising in matters relating to the legacies of the past in Northern Ireland. Originally from the United States, Joe worked at The Junction in Derry/Londonderry from 2014-2016 as a researcher and programme consultant. Currently, he is also an Irish Research Fellow in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University, where he studies the politics of social memory, narratives, and space. His book on social memory in Northern Ireland, Transitional Justice and the Politics of Inscription, will be published by Routledge Press in 2017.
PAT HYNES is a former member of the Fianna Fail National Executive and a former Vice Chairman of the party’s youth organisation during the 1990’s. Politically active for over twenty five years, he participated in the Glencree Political Dialogue Program for over 12 years from 1994 and worked with the Irish government unofficially in the back channels of the peace process. He also participated in Glencree’s Middle East Programme between 2003-2007 which was supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs. For the past two years, he has worked on the legacy of the conflict issues in Glencree and is also part of the adjunct faculty at the Kennedy Institute for Conflict Resolution in Maynooth University.
PAT FLEMING Caretaker

THE ARMOURY CAFÉ

PAULINE DOOLEY Coffee Shop Assistant
KATIE DOYLE  Coffee Shop Assistant
AJ PORTER  Coffee Shop Assistant
JERRY CASEY  Coffee Shop Assistant / Groundsman

GLENCREE BOARD

BARBARA WALSHE has been chair of the Board of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation since October 2014. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in research, advocacy, training, broadcasting, project management, community development, poverty and deprivation, peace building and restorative justice roles – both in Ireland (north and south) and internationally. Barbara worked on the development of restorative initiatives with inmates in Wisconsin prisons in 2013. Prior to that, she spent time as a Peace Envoy in Israel/Palestine. She has also researched and presented a series of six radio programmes called Picking up the Pieces for RTE Radio on grassroots peacebuilding in Northern Ireland and the Border region.
COLIN MURPHY lived in Belfast until 1975 and then moved south. He got involved with Glencree along with his wife Margaret in the seventies and later, as chair of the board of directors, was instrumental in the re-opening of the organization in 1992. He then worked as the programme manager of the Glencree Churches Programme, an inclusive cross-border initiative that examined the role of the churches in the conflict.  Colin continues to seek ways to uncover peacebuilding possibilities for people of faith. His belief is that: “if religion is part of the problem, it has to be part of the solution”.

 

ROBIN HANAN has recently retired as Director of the EAPN (European Anti-Poverty Network) Ireland. EAPN is a network of groups and individuals working to put the fight against poverty at the top of the national and European agendas. Previously he was CEO of the Irish Refugee Council and Coordinator of Comhlámh, a membership based organisation for global solidarity.
He has published widely on national and international human rights and social justice issues and has chaired the Europe-wide policy and advocacy groups of the international development NGOs and the EAPN.
ANDY POLLAK was the founding director (1999-2013) of the Centre for Cross Border Studies. Before that he was religious affairs correspondent, education correspondent, assistant news editor and Belfast reporter with the Irish Times. In the early 1990s he was co-ordinator of the Opsahl Commission, the independent ‘citizen’s inquiry’ into ways forward for Northern Ireland. He is the co-author of a biography of Rev Ian Paisley.
MARY CURTIN Her career in broadcasting included fourteen years as a producer in the Religious Programmes department in RTÉ Radio 1, as well as periods in Education, Features and Current Affairs. In 2005 she became Secretary of the RTÉ Trade Union Group and, up to her retirement in 2012, was involved in protracted negotiations on new pension, pay and working conditions in the context of the economic crisis and its effect on the finances of the organisation. As a result of her experience in RTÉ she subsequently trained as a mediator and is a volunteer with Community Law and Mediation in Coolock, Dublin 17. She also has a particular interest in the area of Restorative Justice and is a member of the management committee of Facing Forward.
ALAN TYRELL is an experienced business leader, public relations and communications professional. He is currently Managing Director with Teneo PSG, Ireland’s leading strategic advisory firm, advising CEOs, Leadership Teams and Boards on reputation management, crisis communications and strategy. His previous roles include Internal Communcations Management at Ulster Bank and Corporate Reputation & Media Relations Management at Aviva.
DAVID O’BRIEN has been involved in peace work and relationship building for many years. He managed New Border Generation, a cross border and cross community organisation based along the border in Carlingford Co. Louth. Since becoming involved in cross border and cross community work David has obtained and developed a wealth of experience from working with diverse groups and individuals from all backgrounds and beliefs on the island and has been involved in many innovative peace and relationship building projects. David also has a Marketing/Communications and Customer Care background from his time in the communications sector. David obtained a Higher Diploma in Conflict Studies from Trinity College and became an accredited mediator during his time with the Workplace Relations Commission.
DÓNALL CURTIN is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland, currently serving as Chairman of the Institute’s Registration Committee. Dónall was a Partner in the accountancy practice Byrne Curtin Kelly and has 32 years’ experience. He is a Member of the Institute of Directors and was awarded the Certificate and Diploma in Corporate Governance, and achieved Chartered Director Qualification within the Institute. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, with considerable experience in arbitration, mediation and dispute resolution. Until recently, he served as President of Chambers Ireland, the country’s largest business organisation. He worked with several organisations in promoting the role of the Visual Arts within Ireland. He currently serves as a director of Abbey Theatre, Visual Artists Ireland and European Movement Ireland.
LAURA COULTER has lived and worked in Northern Ireland for 25 years as a peace-builder and mediator in efforts to address the causes and impacts of the N.I. conflict. From a background in community development, her growing interest in peacebuilding led to work in both secular and faith-based areas, specializing in mediation work and community and faith-based dialogue programmes. She also worked on programmes specifically dealing with N.I. conflict-related issues such as contentious parades, dealing with the past and on-going community tensions and violence.  In recent years, Laura has worked further afield in countries such as Eastern Europe, Kenya and most recently Nepal, where she lived and worked for 2 ½ years as a Peace-building Advisor with United Mission to Nepal.
DARA HAYES grew up in Co. Down through the 70s and 80s and went to school in Downpatrick. Having studied in UCD and King’s Inns he was called to the Bar in 1994 and has been a practicing barrister since 1995. He has been vice-chairman of the Employment Appeals Tribunal since 2002 and was a member of the Hepatitis C and HIV Compensation Tribunal from 2003 to 2012. He now lives in Co. Meath.
NIAMH DARCYis a passionate International Development consultant specializing in Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), in women’s health, democracy and governance.  Focused on ensuring solutions are locally driven, evidence based, scalable and sustainable, Niamh brings a track record and a unique combination of the application of technology to solve country client and user needs.

She has provided technical assistance, local capacity building, broad stakeholder engagement, program management, and been instrumental in hiring in country project teams as well as partnering with local NGOs, universities and private companies. Niamh combines a strong interest in Fair Trade with being an advocate for women and marginalized people. She has worked in post conflict countries such as Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and MENA.  Previously she worked in the private sector holding technology leadership positions including Chief Technology Officer at a variety of young start-up companies in the US and Ghana.   Niamh holds an MS, Computer Science from Northeastern University (US), and a BS, Electronic Engineering from UCD and holds 3 patents.   When not traveling, Niamh enjoys hiking in Wicklow, painting and yoga.

MARTIN LONG is married to Liz and they live with their four children in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Since 2003 Martin has managed the communications office for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference supporting the pastoral areas of child safeguarding, the Northern peace process, education, overseas humanitarian aid, marginalised and elderly Irish in Britain, prisoners abroad, marriage care, alcohol misuse, as well as social justice and peace issues.

Martin was part of the communications teams for the Papal visit and the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland, and for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 in Dublin.

From 1999 to 2003 Martin was the public relations manager for the trade body Insurance Ireland. During the 1990s Martin worked with the Fianna Fáil party in Oireachtas Éireann and as the special adviser to the Minister for Food.

Martin is vice-chair of the board of management of Saint Peter’s College, Dunboyne, and a member of the advisory board of the Dunboyne College for Further Education.  In January 2018 Martin was awarded a fellowship by the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.

SEAN MC GEARTY has extensive experience in peacebuilding both in Ireland and in a number of fragile and conflict affected regions including   Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Liberia, Cyprus and South Sudan.  He has expertise in conflict analysis, mediation, evaluation, policy development and training   and is an adjunct lecturer with the Edward Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention. He has been active in a number of capacities in Northern Ireland including work with the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation, the International Fund for Ireland, the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and the Dept. of Foreign Affairs.

Sean has worked in both conflict and post conflict contexts and has been Reconciliation Advisor to the EU in Sri Lanka (2017) and the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (2018) and previously worked in Afghanistan and Liberia on Glencree’s International Programme. He also has considerable experience in the evaluation of peacebuilding, transitional justice and governance programmes and has carried out evaluation on behalf of the EU, the UNDP, the African Union and the United States Institute for Peace.

GLENCREE VISITORS CENTRE (G.V.C.) BOARD

DENISE COLLINS qualified as an accountant and worked for major corporates, GEC and Up-Right International, for fifteen years before joining the Windmill Lane Group of companies as Finance Director.  In this role she participated in the formation of TV3 and The Mill, a highly successful London based editing company.  She formed her own consultancy company in 2000 and has worked since then with various companies based in Dublin, London, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.

During her time with Up-Right, she obtained an MBA from UCD and has since obtained a Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance from The Law Society of Ireland and an Advanced Diploma in Investment and Capital Markets from DBS.

She Chairs the Glencree Visitor Centre board and, with the other Board members, is very enthusiastic about Glencree and the facilities it offers to the visitor.

WILLIAM O’BRIEN is the current Chairman of Woodenbridge Inn Ltd. Formerly General Manager of the Woodenbridge Hotel in Avoca, Co. Wicklow.

With over 25 years’ experience in the hotel industry and prior to that time, working in international agricultural business.

ANNE BRESLIN I am a Certified Accountant and graduate of Trinity College with a degree in Financial Information Systems.  I began my career with Holman & Co., a firm of auditors and accountants. In 1996 I joined the Isaacs Group as Financial Controller.  The group was involved in all aspects of the hospitality industry including Hostels, Hotels, Restaurants and Bars.  In 2012 I started my own hospitality business with a colleague specialising in the Hostel/Backpackers market.
Marie Barr after qualifying as a chartered accountant, Marie joined Arthur Andersen’s tax division in Dublin, then established a specialised tax consultancy practice in 1988 and formed Barr Pomeroy with Michael Pomeroy in 1989. She was a Council member of Chartered Accountants Ireland from 1998 to 2005, was chairman of the CCAB-I Taxation Committee from 1999 to 2008 and was the chairman of the Tax Administration Liaison Committee (TALC) in 2003 and 2007.

Marie has lectured extensively for Chartered Accountants Ireland and other professional bodies on taxation matters and has written various articles for Accountancy Ireland. She is one of five “people of standing” appointed by the Minister for Finance under the EU Arbitration Convention.