Our Staff

 GRD recognises that funding alone will not result in sustainable development

Galway Rural Development employs 39 people located at the main office in Athenry and outreach offices in Loughrea, Ballinasloe and Tuam.

CEO: Delia Colahan


Administrator Mary Claire Brennan

Assistant Administrator: Helen Gilligan

Assistant Administrator Accounts Jean Greally

SICAP Administrator Fiona Langan

Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme:

Elaine Quinn Team Leader

Donna Gleeson Training & Development Officer

Freeda Garman Adult Education Officer

Breda Coyle Education Officer (on maternity leave from August 2016)

Deirdre Maloney Education Officer  (part-time from August 2016) & Employment Officer (Tuam)

Michael Burke Back to Work Enterprise Officer

Patricia Kelly Employment Officer

Maireád O'Reilly Policy Development Officer

Sue Clarke Information Officer

Rural Development Programme:

Miriam Stewart Team Leader

Clare Conroy Community Development Officer

Frank Keane Enterprise Officer

Rural Social Scheme & TUS:

Sean Broderick RSS & TÚS Co-ordinator

Niamh Divilly RSS & TÚS Administrator

Liz MacDonald RSS & TÚS Co-ordinating Supervisor & RSS Ballinasloe & District

Tom Burke RSS  Dunmore/Miltown

Kathleen Cannon RSS  Galway Central

Martin Collins RSS  St Brendan's

Martin Donnellan RSS  Kilconly/Headford

Joe Kenny RSS  Belclare/Caherlistrane

Sean Larkin Sliabh Aughty

Michael Stapleton RSS  North East Galway

Martin Anderson TÚS  Loughrea

John Ashton TÚS  Woodford/Tynagh

Ita Kenny   TÚS  Portumna

Jarlath Byrne TÚS  South Galway

Joseph Shevlin TÚS  Tuam

Pat Kelly TÚS  Ballinasloe

Martin MacDonald TÚS  Athenry & District

Julie McGrath TÚS  Oranmore/Turloughmore

Pat McGrath TÚS  North East Galway

Geraldine O' Donoghue TÚS  North East Galway

Paul Sexton TÚS  Mountbellew Area

Community Employment Scheme:

Mary Feeney CE Superviser

Welcome to the Galway Rural Development website. Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we administer, will continue to work along with other agencies, groups and individuals around the county to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our area. We especially wish to work with those who are most in need of assistance, to provide real opportunities for people to gain significant improvements for themselves and their communities throughout rural Galway.