Meet the Team

Yvonne McKenna

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

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

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.


M: 087 1646661

Niamh Hand

Development Officer

Niamh is our Development Officer for North Dublin. 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 need assistance give her a call. E: M: 087 9322314

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: M: 087 0941466

Mary Yore

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

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

Sheila McBrearty

Development Officer

Sheila is our Development Officer for the West. Sheila supports PALs and Gaisce Award Partners based in Donegal, Mayo, Galway. If you need assistance give her a call. E: M: 087 0941466


Ciara O’Gorman

Marketing & Communications Officer

Ciara is our Marketing & Communications Officer who helps to 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: T: 01 6171999

Cristin O’Gorman

Engagement and Programme Officer

Cristin is our Engagement and Programme Officer who is responsible for the development and implementation of Gaisce’s awardee engagement strategy, strengthening and fostering meaningful relationships between Gaisce and it’s awardees. If you have any queries about alumni Cristin is the person to contact. E: T: 01 6171999

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