Meet the Team

Yvonne McKenna

Chief Executive Officer


Yvonne is focused on ensuring that the strategic priorities agreed by the Gaisce Council to safeguard the quality of the Award, grow its reach and increase awareness of Gaisce and the positive impact participation has on young people are delivered upon by the Gaisce team. Yvonne works with key stakeholders, including the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Áras an Uachtaráin and represents Gaisce nationally and internationally.

 
M: 085 142 4334

Marion Irwin-Gowran

Project Manager


Marion works towards introducing the Award to different organisations, and ensuring that the standards of the Award are maintained. She carries out PAL training around the country, and works closely with Gaisce Award Partners who are establishing the Award within their organisations. Marion also works to ensure that Gaisce – The President’s Award meets national frameworks and guidelines and is Gaisce’s Child Protection Officer. If you have any queries about training, Marion will be able to help you out.

 
M: 087 629 0788

Fiona Whelan

Marketing & Communications Manager


Fiona is Head of Marketing & Communications for Gaisce. Fiona brings with her a vast wealth of brand promotion and PR experience. She will ensure Gaisce’s media presence while setting out Gaisce’s marketing plans and objectives. She will also create and implement Gaisce’s GDPR policies.

 
M: 087 168 5517

Niamh McCabe

Policy and Project Manager


Niamh is the Policy & Project Manager for Gaisce. She is based in Ratra House and is working on ensuring that Gaisce complies with relevant policies and best practice within the Community and Voluntary sector, as well as overseeing several IT development projects and providing board secretary duties to the Gaisce Council.

 
T: 01 670 7005

Patricia Owens

Development Officer


Patricia is our Development Officer in South Dublin and the South East, liaising with PALs in Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, South Dublin, Wexford and Wicklow. PALs in these areas can contact Patricia if they have any queries.

E: powens@gaisce.ie

M: 087 164 6661

Niamh Hand

Development Officer


Niamh is our Development Officer for North Dublin, Wexford and Wicklow. She is also the sectoral lead for Homeless and Addiction Services, Travelling Community, Direct Provision and Probation projects. Niamh supports PALs and GAPs based in North Dublin. If you are a PAL in the above areas and have any queries you can contact Niamh. 

E: nhand@gaisce.ie 

M: 087 932 2314

Thomas Carolan

Development Officer


Thomas is our Development Officer that will be looking after the West from March 2017. He will be supporting PALs and Gaisce Award Partners based in Donegal, Mayo, Galway. If you need assistance give him a call.

E: tcarolan@gaisce.ie

M: 087 094 1466

Mary Yore

Development Officer


Mary is Gaisce’s Development Officer for Louth, Meath, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Longford, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Sligo and Roscommon. If you are a PAL or Gaisce Award Partner in the region and need assistance, Mary will be your first port of call.

 
M: 087 242 6293

Stephen Peers

Development Officer


Stephen is our Development Officer for the South, liaising with PALs and Gaisce Award Partners across the region. If you’re a PAL in Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary or Waterford and need assistance, Stephen will be your first port of call.

 
M: 087 286 8717

Ciara O’Gorman

Marketing & Communications Officer


Ciara works with the Marketing & Communications team to help increase awareness of Gaisce through social media and online content. Ciara also helps to organise Gaisce events, including the Silver and Gold Award ceremonies. If you have a question regarding a Gaisce event, feel free to contact Ciara at:

E: cogorman@gaisce.ie

T: 01 617 1999

Sean Ellis

Marketing & Communications Officer


Sean works with the Marketing & Communications team and oversees Gaisce’s social media presence and digital marketing strategy. He is also charged with gathering and creating content around the Gaisce programme and managing Gaisce’s website.

E: sean@gaisce.ie

T: 01 670 7009

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