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Members of CAIRDE Teo Staff

Gearóid Ó Machail

BA (Hons) Social Sciences, Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge, Advanced Diploma in Social Economy
c/o Tulach an Uisce,
Droim Dubh,
An Bhinn Bhorb,
Co.Thír Eoghain,
BT71 7LJ
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Since 2009, Gearóid has been employed as a Strategic Development Officer with CAIRDE Teo. He is also a Director of the cultural development company Aonach Mhacha which is building a £1.5 million state of the art cultural centre in Armagh City. Previously, he was employed by Armagh City and District Council as a Neighbourhood Renewal Development Officer and Project Coordinator working with community groups and statutory organisations to stimulate social regeneration and to enhance community infrastructure in west Armagh City. Prior to his employment with the Council, he worked for many years as a voluntary community and trade union activist to address a range of issues arising from socio-economic disadvantage in the west of the city. Gearóid is a northern representative of the Independent Workers Union and he has participated in a broad range of multi-agency partnerships to confront issues of deprivation and was a co-founder of the West Armagh Consortium in 2002. Gearóid chaired the Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership in Armagh and he was also instrumental in overseeing the development of the Recreation Centre at Cathedral Road into a fledgling community enterprise and social and cultural hub of the west of the city. He has been responsible for managing many projects in areas as diverse as Irish language promotion, cultural diversity and awareness, post-conflict issues, community relations, youth engagement, employment rights and representation, community safety and environmental improvements. He has also previously established his own business, a surgical chiropody practice in Co. Kerry.

Cáit Ní Choirbhín

BA (Hons) An Ghaeilge agus Léann Ceilteach, MRes Phonetics and Linguistiscs of Irish
Aonach Mhacha
74-76, Sráid na nGall
Ard Mhacha
BT61 7LG
028 37998160 / 07522728595
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Cáit has recently been employed as Irish Language Development Officer by CAIRDE Teo in Armagh at the beginning of 2022. Cáit spent 5 years working as an Irish Language Assistant for the Department of Education in many schools across the North before her current job. Cáit also sits on the committee of her local GAA club, St. Peter's GAC Lurgan where she an active player and member and is involved in promoting the Irish language and culture and organising events. She has a degree in Irish and Celtic Studies as well as a Masters of Research in Phonetics and Linguistics of the Irish language from Queen's University Belfast.

Máire Ní Phronntaigh

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Since 2000, Máire has been involved in the organisation and development of several, major community arts projects in the Armagh area. Throughout this time, she also participated in a range of accredited training programmes related to the sector and coordinated work with over 20 community groups and 500 event participants. Máire sourced and established contacts and partner agencies throughout the island of Ireland and in the UK that have assisted her in the development of the annual West Armagh Carnival Parade. In January 2007, she was appointed County Armagh Coordinator for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and successfully exceeded the specified fundraising target of £50,000 through the development and management of community projects and sponsorship drives. In 2007 and 2008, Armagh City and District Council appointed Máire as their lead coordinator for the St Patrick’s Day Parade held in Armagh City. In 2008/09, she established a series of samba drumming and dance workshops to enable young people from Armagh to participate in the East Belfast Lantern Parade and most recently, the Lord Mayor’s Carnival Parade in Belfast. Máire was formerly Chairperson of Drumbreda Community Group and was a founder member of the West Armagh Consortium. She was also a member of the Carnival Consortium of the BEAT Carnival Company in Belfast. She previously worked in St Catherine’s college, Armagh as an Art Technician. Máire joined the CAIRDE Teo team in 2010 as a retail consultant before becoming a full time member of staff in 2015.

Connie Russell

BSc (Hons) Sociology and Education, SLA
4 Drumbreda Walk
BT61 7PB
028 37518923
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Connie worked as a Scottish Law Accountant in Dunfermline for several years following her graduation. She has also been a teacher in Portadown Technical College and worked for 10 years as a head cashier in JR Stephenson Marshall Solicitors. Connie also has experience in bookkeeping and administration from her 9 years spent with Unimush Ireland. Currently, Connie is employed with Marks and Spencer as a HR and Recruitment Officer. As well as her professional duties, Connie has for many years voluntarily served her local community in a bookkeeping and accountancy capacity. She helped to re-establish the local community association in her area and advised the West Armagh Consortium – the local umbrella organisation for community groups in Armagh City. In 2010, Connie received a Lord Mayors Award for her services to local community development. In 2011, she joined the team at CAIRDE Teo as Accounts Manager.

Directors of CAIRDE Teo

Réamonn Ó Ciaráin

B.Ed (Hons), M.A. Irish Studies, MA (Cultural Management)
Regional Manager Gael Linn,
Aonach Mhacha
74-76, Sráid na nGall
Ard Mhacha
BT61 7LG
028 37 522 162 / 0044 7711 689665
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Réamonn has been employed with Gael Linn in the north of Ireland for 17 years and is based at their offices in Armagh. He has a wealth of experience in working in the post-primary and Irish medium education sectors. Réamonn was one of the architects of the heritage scheme, ‘An Enrichment Programme in Gaelic Studies’, a scheme which was designed to allow Protestant teenagers to learn about Gaelic placenames, surnames, music and the influence of the Irish language on the English language as spoken in Ireland, amongst other things. Réamonn is co-editor of the book ‘Aspects of Our Shared Heritage’. Réamonn has gained many years of experience in organising Irish language Gaeltacht courses. He has played an integral role in organising Irish language events for Irish medium schools in educational centres such as Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, the Kingdom of Lilliput, Belfast Zoo and Armagh Planetarium. In 2009, Réamonn was appointed national director of Gael Linn summer colleges. In that same year, along with Gearóid Ó Machail, Réamonn founded the CAIRDE Teo social enterprise. This was followed up by the foundation of the Aonach Mhacha social enterprise in 2011. In 2015, Réamonn published his first book ‘Laoch na Laochra’ in association with Gael Linn.

Pól Mac Stiùbhard

BSc (Hons) First Class Sociology, PhD Sociology
c/o University of Strathclyde
16 Richmond Street,
G1 1XQ
+44 (0)141 548 3219
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Pól is Professor of the Sociology of Work and Employment at the University of Strathclyde. He was born in Derry City and grew up in Belfast in the 1970s. He is co-ordinator of the Marie Curie programme "Changing Employment, a 4 million Euro FP7 ITN programme (2012-2016) with eight partner European universities and range of European social partners. He has been researching the impact of lean production on auto workers for over two decades, working with assembly workers and UNITE at national and plant level. With the support of the NI Community Relations Council and the Carnegie Trust he is also currently working on projects assessing the impact of sectarianism on Polish and Lithuanian migrant workers living in the north of Ireland and Scotland and the consequences of (dis)placement for community participation and engagement in political life. Pól is a member of UNITE and the Independent Workers' Union in Ireland and a non-executive director of CAIRDE Teo. He is also a member of the Critical Labour Studies network, an alternative critical labour studies forum. He is co-author of "We Sell Our Time No More", a critical Sociology of the struggles of car workers against lean production in the UK automotive industry. He was editor of the British Sociological Association's journal Work, Employment and Society (2001-2004). He is currently on the editorial committee of Capital and Class and Employee Relations. He has published in range of world class and international journals over the last twenty years. As a researcher is committed to working with labour organisations and social movements.

Stiofán Mac Cléirigh

c/o 18 Drumarg Park,
BT60 4AQ
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Stephen has been an active community worker in west Armagh city for over 32 years. For over 25 of those years he has served as Chairperson of Drumarg Community Association. Since 2004 he has been centrally involved in a multi-agency partnership project that has overseen a major regeneration scheme on the Drumarg estate. Stephen is also a founding member of the West Armagh Consortium, the umbrella organisation for community groups in the west of Armagh city. He is also a representative on the Armagh Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Board and liaises closely with statutory and non-statutory agencies to deliver a broad programme of community development initiatives in areas that have been heavily impacted upon by statutory neglect, political conflict and multiple deprivations. Stephen has a wealth of experience of community organisation and project specific fundraising. In addition, he has undergone numerous training programmes related to capacity building and skills development in the local community. Previously a self-employed roofer by trade, in 2014 Stiofán founded Armagh Men’s Shed of which he is now full-time Project Manager.