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

Jean Doyle

Business Development Manager

Jean is our Business Development Manager, working to increase Gaisce’s financial resources and capacity to ensure that every young person in Ireland has the opportunity to take part in Gaisce. Jean works closely with corporate partners and manages Gaisce’s merchandising. If you or your company is interested in supporting Gaisce, get in touch with Jean

M: 087 216 3637

Niall Noonan

Marketing & Communications Manager

Niall is our Marketing & Communications Manager, increasing awareness of Gaisce through engaging PR and social media campaigns. Niall also coordinates and manages many of Gaisce’s events – including our national Silver and Gold Award ceremonies. If you are interested in featuring Gaisce in media, or you have a query regarding an upcoming Gaisce event, Niall will be happy to help.

M: 01 6707001
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
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

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


Ciara O’Gorman

Marketing & Communications Officer

Ciara is our Youth Engagement 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


Claire Byrne

Programme Development Officer

Claire is our Programme Development officer, who works on designing, developing and implementing our PAL programme.  Claire also looks at ways to expand Gaisce’s volunteer programme and identify new ways for Gaisce Awardees to remain connected to, and involved in Gaisce.  Feel free to contact Claire with any queries you may have.

M: 01 6171999

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


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

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: 086 1944329


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