Board of Directors
Community & Voluntary
Mike Hogan – Chairperson (Kilkishen Development)
Dermot Hayes (Clare Centre for Independent Living)
Catriona Lavelle (Clarecare)
Mike Taylor (Radio Corca Baiscin)
Catriona Murphy (The Burren Centre)
Mary Coffey (Tuamgraney Development Association)
Mary Moloney (co-opted)
Margaret Corry (Roxton Construction)
Denis Tuohy (Agricultural Consultant)
Cllr Gabriel Keating
Cllr Joe Killeen
Cllr P.J. Ryan
Martina Enright (Teagasc)
Triona Lynch (LCETB)
Pat O’Donoghue (ICMSA)
Catriona Power (Clare Macra na Feirme)
Andrew Dundas (IFA)
Bridget Ginnity (Clare Public Participation Network)
Elaine Bradley (Irish Seed Savers)
CLDC Management Team
Chief Executive Officer – Dóirín Graham
Finance Manager – Jonathan Foley
Operations Manager – Pat Flanagan
CLDC Management Team (Pat, Doirin, and Jonathan)
Mike Hogan - Chairperson
I have an Engineering background working for multinational companies in Ireland and abroad for many years before qualifying in Environmental, Health and Safety. I worked for a period of time with one multinational company developing their EHS policies and safety standards throughout their European Manufacturing Plants, and then continued on auditing their standards for a period of time. I then set up my own small business in Health and Safety which I continue to this day.
I’ve a huge interest in community involvement. I’ve been very involved in local community projects and sports activities such as: GAA, Local Lotto funding, Community Annual Festival, etc. I have been Chairperson of Kilkishen Development for over 20 years in the development of projects such as Calluan Lake Amenity Park, Kilkishen Playground, 12 O’clock Hills walks, Kilkishen Cultural Centre and now our community Astra Turf pitch in conjunction with our National School.
It was when we got a LEADER grant after we purchased an old Church of Ireland building to develop it into Kilkishen Cultural Centre that I got interested in joining the CLDC Board. I liked their philosophy of “helping communities to develop from the ground up.” It helped Kilkishen and I could see that I could help and support the organisation to help other communities like us throughout Clare.
Caitriona is an experienced senior manager with a strong work ethos with 35 years managerial experience in the public sector and not for profit sector, in a variety of healthcare settings. Positive team worker with excellent leadership and communication skills, with a proven record of reliability and responsibility. She holds a range of qualifications to complement her extensive practical experience together with business knowledge, experience, and appropriate technology literacy.
Clare Public Participation Network
Bridget moved to Ennis in the early 90’s and since then has been involved in a range of community activities – from the school committee when her children were young to admirable organisations like Clare Haven and the Ennis Book Club Festival, where she is board member. Bridget holds a diploma in governance from the Institute of Public Administration.
Bridget derives great pleasure from being in nature, whether gardening, walking or in water with the Ennis Sub Aqua Club or Ballyalla Bravehearts. The climate and biodiversity crisis is a major concern for her and she believes our community actions can contribute to reducing our emissions, building our resilience and supporting nature as well as improving quality of life.
Clare Macra na Feirme
My name is Caitríona Power, I’m from Kilnamona. I’m a childminder and dairy & suckler farmer. I joined Clare Macra in 2016 and I am currently the Chairperson of Clare Macra and Ennis Macra.
Tuamgraney Development Association
I am an Adjunct Associate Professor attached to the Department of Radiation Therapy, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. I established the School of Radiation Therapy at St. Luke’s Hospital in 1982, and established the first European Committee for radiation therapists. I was a member of the Irish Department of Health and Children’s working party which developed the national plan for radiation oncology in Ireland.
I have four children and twelve grandchildren. I am in the local ICA and enjoy learning new crafts and participating in different activities. I am in a couple of book clubs and love reading a wide range of genres, also going to concerts and the theatre. I have joined the PPN Secretariat as I feel community involvement in local and national government is essential. I have recently joined the Board of CLDC and am very excited to be a part of this group who do such amazing work in the community.
Radio Corca Baiscin
Mike has an extensive level of experience in corporate governance, public relations, and fundraising. He currently sits on the Advisory Board of FASD Ireland and a number of other non-profit organisations both locally and nationally. A consultant in strategic counsel by trade, Mike studied Law, Political Science and Sociology at NUI Galway and currently works in the public sector.
Mike lives in Kilkee where he spends a lot of time working in the community through Loop Head Together and in his role as a Peace Commissioner.
Clare Centre for Independent Living
Dermot is a nationally known disability activist, author and community campaigner. Like many activists and volunteers, Dermot is a force of nature.
He has been active for decades in youth work, community groups, LEADER projects, trade unions, worker co-ops, environmental causes, and disability rights.
Dermot lives in Ennis, Co. Clare, and is known for volunteering, advocating and campaigning for human rights, in particular with the Independent Living Movement in Ireland.
“I have been immersed in the local, national and international movement for over thirty years. During this time, I founded, co-founded and headed organisations to represent, campaign and progress rights for people with disabilities,” he says.
Cllr Gabriel Keating
Gabriel holds an exceptional track record as a dynamic, capable and hard-working public representative since retiring from the financial services industry. He is continuously striving tirelessly to secure high quality services and facilities for his electorate. Well-known in Clare GAA circles, he is also delegate to the Annual Congress, vice president of Naomh Eoin GAA club, and is deeply honoured to be the first Clare man to receive the presidential award for his contribution to the GAA.
He was the prime mover behind numerous highly successful local initiatives including the opening of Loop Head Lighthouse as a visitor centre in 2011.
Elaine Bradley is the Executive Director of Irish Seed Savers Association. Formerly the CEO of Volunteering Ireland (now Volunteer Ireland) she has worked as an organisational development specialist in a wide range of settings, delivering projects for the European Commission, the UN, and for a range of human rights, social justice and civil society organisations. Before taking up her role in ISSA Elaine was immersed in academia – lecturing in Trinity College in the Dept. of Sociology while undertaking Doctoral research.
Elaine is a qualified permaculture designer and a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Aikido – skills that come in handy from time to time.
She lives in Ennis and enjoys walking throughout Co Clare, reading, GAA and travelling.
Denis is a member of the Agricultural Consultants Association (ACA) and the Agricultural Science Association (ASA). Denis is also a part-time suckler farmer and a member of the Whitegate branch of Clare IFA. He has also represented Clare on the IFA national Rural Development Committee for 6 years and spent 4 of those years as Vice-Chairperson of the committee. Denis also represents the farming community on the Rural Development Strategic policy committee of Clare County Council, and a subgroup member of the of the Clare Tourism Advisory Forum – Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Green Team.
He is an active member of Scariff Town Team and enjoys participating in local rural initiatives that promote sustainable developments within rural communities and farm families.
Cllr P.J. Ryan
Cllr. Joe Killeen
Get in touch if you would like to discuss any of the supports we offer.
Our office is located at Unit 1, Westgate Business Park, Kilrush Road, Ennis, Co. Clare
Our eircode is V95 PXY3. You can use this code with Google Maps to bring you directly to our office.