Our Staff

 GRD recognises that funding alone will not result in sustainable development

Galway Rural Development employs 52 people located at the main office in Athenry and outreach offices in Loughrea, Ballinasloe ,Tuam and Rosmuc.

CEO: Delia Colahan


Administrator Mary Claire Brennan

Assistant Administrator: Helen Gilligan

Assistant Administrator Accounts Jean Greally

SICAP Administrator Fiona Langan

Eleanor Linden Secretary/Reception

Nórah Ni Cheannabhain Admin/Reception Connemara (P/T)

Marie Hynes          Data Input Officer

Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme:

Aoibheann McCann Team Leader

Freeda Garman Adult Education Officer

Clara Cashman Adult Education Officer

James Applegate Youth  Development Officer

Elaine Quinn Education Officer 

Deirdre Maloney Employment Officer Tuam

Marie Finnerty Employment Officer Ballinasloe

Nórah Ní Cheannabháin Employment Officer Connemara (P/T)

Deirdre Nic Dhonncha Employment & Enterprise Officer Connemara

Michael Burke Back to Work Enterprise Officer

Martin Macdonald Employer Liaison Officer

Patricia Kelly Social Enterprise Officer

Melinda Coen Ryan Community Development Officer Tuam

Mairead Carney Community Development Officer Ballinasloe

Gearóid Ó Fátharta Development Officer Connemara

Mícheal Mac Dhonnchadha Employment Officer Connemara

Sue Clarke Information Officer


Miriam Stewart   Programme Manager

Claire Conroy  Programme Officer

Joe Curran Programme Officer

Frank Keane Programme Officer

Rural Social Scheme & TÚS:

Sean Broderick RSS & TÚS Co-ordinator

Martina Caulfield/Sinead Cox RSS & TÚS Administrators

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

Niamh Divilly 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 RSS Sliabh Aughty

Michael Stapleton RSS  North East Galway

Ita Kenny TÚS  Loughrea

John Ashton TÚS  Woodford/Tynagh

Yvonne Hoary   TÚS  Portumna

Jarlath Byrne TÚS  South Galway

Joseph Shevlin TÚS  Tuam

Linda Cummins TÚS  Ballinasloe

Michelle  Burke 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.

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.