Our Staff

 GRD recognises that funding alone will not result in sustainable development

Galway Rural Development employs 55 people located at the main office in Athenry and outreach offices in Ballinasloe, Portumna, Rosmuc, and Tuam.

Steve Dolan                                    Chief Executive Officer


Mary Claire Brennan Financial Administrator

Helen Gilligan Assistant Administrator

Jean Greally Administrator Accounts

Fiona Langan SICAP Administrator

Eleanor Linden Secretary/Reception 

Gearóidín Ui Chualain                    Administrative Officer/Receptionist, Connemara

Marie Hynes Data Input Officer

Anne Marie Doyle Administrative Officer

Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme:

Aoibheann McCann Team Leader

Freeda Garman Life Long Learning Officer

Clara Cashman Life Long Learning Officer

James Applegate  Youth Development Officer

Elaine Quinn Education Officer

Anne Cassidy Rural Resource Officer

Donna Gleeson Ryan Training and Development Officer

Deirdre Maloney Development Officer

Marie Finnerty Development Officer

Nórah Ní Cheannabháin Enterprise & Development Officer, Connemara

Deirdre Nic Dhonncha Enterprise & Development Officer, Connemara

Michael Burke Back to Work Enterprise Officer

Martin Macdonald Training & Employment Liaison Officer

Patricia Kelly Social Enterprise & Development Officer

Emily Hughes Community Development Officer (Melinda Coen Ryan on maternity leave)

Martin Ward Community Development Officer

Mícheál Mac Donnchadha Community Development Officer Connemara

Sue Clarke Information Officer


Conor Carty Programme Manager

Brian Killian  Project Officer

Clare Conroy Project Officer

Joe Curran Project Officer

Frank Keane Project Officer

Rural Social Scheme & TÚS:

Sean Broderick RSS & TÚS Co-ordinator

Martina Caulfield RSS & TÚS Administrator

Claire Tonery RSS & TÚS Administrators

Niamh Divilly  RSS & TÚS Co-ordinating Supervisor  &  RSS Dunmore/Milltown  

Liz Macdonald RSS  Ballinasloe & District

Kathleen Cannon RSS  Galway Central

Martin Collins RSS  South East Galway

Martin Donnellan RSS  Kilconly/Headford

Joe Kenny RSS  Belclare/Caherlistrane

Sean Larkin RSS Sliabh Aughty

Michael Stapleton RSS  North East Galway

Ita Kenny RSS  St Brendans

Sinead Cox TÚS  Portumna/Woodford

Joleene Cummins Loughrea & District 

Yvonne Hoary   TÚS  Portumna/Ballinasloe

Jarlath Byrne TÚS  South Galway

Joseph Shevlin TÚS  Tuam

Linda Cummins TÚS  Ballinasloe

Michelle Burke ` TÚS  Athenry Area   

Julie McGrath TÚS  Oranmore/Turloughmore

Pat McGrath TÚS  North East Galway Area

Geraldine O' Donoghue TÚS  North Galway

Paul Sexton TÚS  Mountbellew Area

Community Employment Scheme:

Mary Feeney CE Supervisor

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.
Charities Governance Code, CHY Number 12101. Registered Charity Number 20034740. Company Registration Number 219337.