Board

Chairperson: Regina Uí Chollatáin

Regina Uí Chollatáin

Term of Appointment: 05/05/2021 - 04/05/2025

Fee: N/A

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Biography: To be confirmed

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Vice-Chairperson: TBC

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Board Members


Maighréad Ní Chonghaile

Term of Appointment: 13/12/2016 - 12/12/2021

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235 per year

Maighréad Ní Chonghaile

Biography: Maighréad was born and raised in north Belfast. She attended the University of Ulster where she gained a degree in Irish. She spent some years working as Irish Language Development Officer with the McCracken Cultural Society in north Belfast before she went to St. Mary’s University College to gain the Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Maighréad was appointed as a Gaelscoil teacher in a newly established school on the outskirts of the city, Gaelscoil Éanna, in 2008. She went on to gain the Principal’s Leadership Qualification and she was appointed as principal in the school, which continues to grow and develop in 2012.

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She is a director of the McCracken Cultural Society and she acts as treasurer for the organisation at present. She is a member of St. Enda’s GAC and has been recently appointed as Child Protection Officer. Maighréad has been a member of Sinn Féin for a number of years and she has a keen interest in politics.

Maighréad has one son, Oisín Rosa who is 10 years of age, and both of them are very interested in the Irish language and culture. Maighréad is very active in Irish language development work and in Irish medium education in Belfast city and the surrounding area.

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Niall Iósaf Ó Gallochobhair

Term of Appointment: 13/12/2016 - 12/12/2021

Niall Iósaf Ó Gallochobhair

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235 per year

Biography: Niall was born and reared in Lifford in east Donegal, a small town located close to the border with Tyrone.

He attended University of Ireland, Galway, where he gained a primary degree in Irish and History, as well as a master’s degree in journalism as well. Niall is working now as a political advisor and constituency manager with the Dáil Deputy Pearse Doherty. He is very interested in politics and current affairs.

 


Wuraola Majekodunmi

Term of Appointment: 27/11/2020 - 26/11/2024

Wuraola Majekodunmi

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235 per year

Biography: Ola Majekodunmi is an Irish language activist, freelance writer and public speaker, and is a broadcaster with Raidió na Life.  She is a writer, providing content for the Irish Times, journal.ie, RTÉ.ie and other platform, and has also worked with TG4 discussing subjects such as politics, race and the Irish language. Ola can also be heard on the national radio stations RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2FM and BBC Radio Ulster.

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In 2018, Ola directed a short film “What does Irishness Look Like?” which was very well received.  She has a BA (English, Media and Cultural Studies) and MA in Broadcast Production from the National Film School.  She was nominated for “Réalt Óg na Bliana 2018, and was nominated for a National Student Media Award in the ‘Journalism through the medium of Irish’ category in 2018 and 2019. Ola is a Co-founder of ‘Beyond Representation’, a project that she began with a cousin and friend, to promote the achievements of women of colour in Ireland.

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Dáithí Mac Cárthaigh

Dáithí Mac Cárthaigh

Term of Appointment: 27/11/2020 - 26/11/2024

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235 per year

Biography:

In his practice as a barrister, Daithí has done significant work on protecting language rights. He has been the Law and Irish Coordinator at King’s Inns since 2010, where he leads advanced diploma courses, training graduates who wish to become Irish language lawyer-linguists and legal translators with the European Union, as well as courses in legal practice through Irish. He campaigned for the Irish language to gain official status as a working language of the European Union. He was President of Conradh na Gaeilge from 2005-2008. He has recently published An Ghaeilge sa Dlí, a seminal textbook on the status of Irish at national and EU level, today and historically, and containing recommendations based on international best practice.


Neasa Ní Chiaráin

Term of Appointment: 27/11/2020 - 26/11/2024

Fee: N/A

Neasa Ní Chiaráin

Biography:

Neasa Ní Chiaráin was reared in Dublin and spent quite a lot of her youth in the West of Ireland, in Co. Clare in particular. She was in the first group to attend Scoil Mológa and spent many years moving from one site to another with the fledgling school. She attended post primary school at Coláiste Ráithín, Bray, and it was here that she developed an interest in computing and modern languages. She attended Dublin City University and graduated with a degree in Applied Computational Linguistics with German. She acquired a Masters degree in Cognitive Science from University College, Dublin and then spent a year working with Bard na nGleann in the Muskerry Gaeltacht before returning to Dublin to begin her PhD studies as a member of the ABAIR.ie team, where Computer-Assisted Language Learning for Irish was the focus of her dissertation. She now works as Ussher Assistant Professor in Irish Speech and Language Technology. She has a keen interest in traditional Irish music. She is married to Richard and they have two young children, Caoilfhionn and Oisín.


Máire Ní Neachtain

Máire Ní Neachtain

Term of Appointment: 13/12/2020 - 12/12/2021

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235 per year

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Máire Ní Neachtain is from Baile ’n tSagairt in the Spidéal region of the Cois Fharraige Gaeltacht. She spent her working life in the Department of Irish in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Her primary research interests are sociolinguistics and drama. Máire has a deep interest in community and Arts activities. She is an active volunteer with language and cultural organisations within and outside the Gaeltacht. She is the current Cathaoirleach of Fóram Chois Fharraige um Pleanáil Teanga CTR, a community based company tasked with the implementation of the Cois Fharraige language plan as part of the national language planning process arising from Acht na Gaeltachta 2012 (the Gaeltacht Act 2012).

 


Sorcha Ní Chéide

Sorcha Ní Chéide

Term of Appointment: 13/12/2020 - 12/12/2021

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235 per year

Biography:Sorcha Ní Chéide is an actor from Lettermore, Co. Galway, who holds an Honours degree in Communications from the National University of Ireland Galway, as well as a higher diploma in Theatre, Translation (GMIT) and Television Production. She gained a dancing teaching certificate with the Irish Dancing Commission in 2010, and she is now a director at the Ré Órga School of Dance in Connacht. Along with dancing and acting, she writes for the soap opera Ros na Rún and directs programmes for children for independent television companies.


Liam Rushe

Term of Appointment: 16/12/2020 - 15/12/2025

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235 per year

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Biography: To be confirmed

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Liadh Ní Riada

Term of Appointment: 16/12/2020 - 15/12/2025

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235 per year

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Biography: To be confirmed

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Kevin Ó hEadhra

Kevin Ó hEadhra

Term of Appointment:16/12/2020-15/12/2025

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235 per year

Biography:

Kevin grew up in An Spidéal in Conamara and he currently lives in Cois Fharraige. He graduated from National University of Ireland Galway with an honours degree in Science in 2008. After university he spent many years in business and enterprise. Kevin ran as a Sinn Féin candidate in the local elections in 2019 but was unsuccessful in winning a seat.

Kevin is currently employed as a co-ordinator of the Rural Social Scheme in the Conamara Gaeltacht and Mayo, which is run under the aegis of Údarás na Gaeltachta. The Rural Social Scheme gives small farmers and fishermen an opportunity to support community work taking place in their area.


Caoimhín Mac Giolla Mhín

Term of Appointment: 16/12/2020 - 15/12/2025

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235 per year

Caoimhín Mac Giolla Mhín

Biography: Caoimhín was born, raised and still lives in West Belfast. He attended University of Ulster where he obtained an Honours Degree in Estate Management with Diploma in Industrial Studies. Especially since having left University in 1997 he has gained a wealth of experience and held a wide range of community roles in West Belfast and beyond in both the Irish and English medium community sectors.

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He has played a central role in positively developing a number of strategic community initiatives and has been responsible for both generating and managing substantial amounts of public funding. He represented Upper Falls constituency as the local Sinn Féin Councillor for almost six years. Since 2010 he has been employed as CEO for Ciste Infheistíochta na Gaeilge, a hugely successful Irish language Community Capital Investment Fund which was secured by Gerry Adams as part of the Peace Negotiations that same year. He and his Board of Directors have played a leading role in the funding and strategic development of more than thirty capital development schemes throughout the North, resulting in more than £20 million invested in much needed Irish language community infrastructure.

He has a keen interest in travelling, cycling and scuba diving.

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Doiminic Ó Brolcháin

Term of Appointment: 16/12/2020 - 15/12/2025

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235 per year

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Biography: To be confirmed

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Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin

Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin

Term of Appointment: 05/05/2021 - 04/05/2025

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235 per year

Biography: To be confirmed

Freda was born and reared outside of Athlone in Co. Westmeath. She has a BA in Modern Irish and Music from the University College Cork, a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration from the University of Ireland Galway, and an MA in Translation Studies from the Academy of Irish Language University Education, University of Ireland Galway. She spent a period of training with the European Commission in Brussels and she has also gained the Seal of Accreditation for Translators.

Freda started her career in Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge on Kildare Street, and she has been ploughing the furrow of Irish language and culture since then. She worked as an Irish language development officer in Roscommon County Council, she spent various periods working in An Taibhdhearc, the National Irish Language Theatre, as an administrator, as a manager and as an art director, and she was chief executive of Gnó Mhaigh Eo. Before the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic Freda was acting as an Irish language communications officer with Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture, and since then she has been working as a free lance translator.

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As well as her professional work, Freda worked for years on the committees of various festivals, including Westport Arts Festival and Achill International Harp Festival. She has produced stage shows, including a newly written play on the life of Major John McBride, which was specially commissioned as part of the centenary of 1916-2016.

Freda is a musician who has played her music throughout the world, she won the All-Ireland Championship in the harp at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and at the O’Carolan Harp Festival, Keadew, Co. Roscommon, she composed and played music with Branar Theatre for Children, and she introduced the Geantraí programme on TG4. 

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There is currently two positions available on the Board. This will be filled soon. 


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