Board

Vice-Chairperson: Barra Ó Muirí

Barra Ó Muirí

Barra Ó Muirí

Term of Appointment: 7/07/2016 - 12/12/2021

Fee: €9,830 / £6,690

Biography: Barra was born and raised in Newtownhamilton, south Armagh. He attended St. Patrick’s College in Armagh and gained an honours degree in Irish in St. Mary’s University College, Belfast in 2002. He spent a year as President of the Students’ Union in St. Mary’s University College as well.

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He is an Irish-medium teacher, working in Gaelscoil Phádraig Naofa in Crossmaglen and was appointed a Sinn Féin councillor in 2014.

He is married to Rosemary and they have four children, Róise, Ríona, Naoise and Lorcán.

Barry is a member of St. Michael’s Football Club, Newtownhamilton, and he trains young players and is a club officer.

He is a member of the Irish Bowling Association and is on the committee of Gaelphobal Ard Mhacha Theas since its foundation.

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Conor McGuinness

Position: Board Member

Term of Appointment: 24/6/2016 - 23/6/2021

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235

Conor McGuinness

Biography: Conor McGuinness is a public representative who lives in Gaeltacht na nDéise in West Waterford. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Irish from the National University of Ireland, Galway, as well as a Master’s degree in public advocacy and activism. His background is in the television production sector. He has worked on programmes for RTÉ and TG4 and he did his training with the independent television production company Nemeton. Conor spent a period of time in the Basque Country working with young people as part of a trilingual education project, where he had the opportunity to become familiar with that country’s language policy and activism.>

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Conor is an elected member of Waterford Council and represents Gaeltacht na nDéise, Dungarvan and West Waterford. He has experience of voluntary board membership, having spend a year as a member of NUI Galway’s university authority. He is a board member and vice-chair of Dungarvan Credit Union and an elected officer of his trade union.

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Maighréad Ní Chonghaile

Position: Board Member

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

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235

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

Position: Board Member

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

Niall Iósaf Ó Gallochobhair

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235

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

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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.

Further information will be available here in relation to an appointment.

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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

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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.

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Neasa Ní Chiaráin

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

Fee: To be confirmed

Neasa Ní Chiaráin

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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.

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Máire Ní Neachtain

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

Fee: €7,695/£5,235 per year

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Biography: To be confirmed

Photograph: To be confirmed

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Sorcha Ní Chéide

Sorcha Ní Chéide

                                

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

Fee: €7,695/£5,235 per year

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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.

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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

Photograph: 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

Photograph: To be confirmed

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Kevin Ó hEadhra

Kevin Ó hEadhra

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

Fee: To be confirmed

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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.

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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

Photograph: To be confirmed

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