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Our Team

Anne Goggin

Project Manager
Project Office, Croom, Co. Limerick

Anne Goggin is the Project Manager. Anne trained as a Civil and Structural Engineer, but has worked in the area of Environmental Protection for over 20 years. A large focus of her previous work was implementation of the Water Framework Directive and River Basin Management Plans at local authority level, with particular focus on agriculture, wastewater and industrial discharges. She has strong belief in the power of communities to effect change and was instrumental in establishing the Maigue Rivers Trust.

Paul Duffy

Paul Duffy

GIS & Data Manager
Project Office, Croom, Co. Limerick

Paul is the GIS & Data Manager for the Waters of LIFE. A Geographic Information Scientist and Land Surveyor, Paul has over 10 years’ experience in the collection, mapping and analysis of ecological data. Paul has a background in ecology, and worked with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) for over 15 years, both as a Conservation Ranger and an Ecological Data Specialist. His most recent role was with Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) where he worked on the Water Framework Directive Rivers and Lakes survey programmes.

Bronwyn Hayes

Bronwyn Hayes

Project Administrator
Project Office, Croom, Co. Limerick

Bronwyn Hayes is our Project Administrator and is responsible for the financial and day-to-day administration of the project and associated systems.

Bronwyn holds a professional post-grad qualification in Business Studies and Taxation. With over 14 years’ experience in the Civil and Public Sector, she has worked in the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine, Revenue Commissioner’s and Limerick City and County Council.

Living in South Limerick, Bronwyn volunteers with youth charities. She joins the project with a special interest in sustainability and climate action.

Philip Murphy – Agricultural Scientist – Awbeg (Kilbrin) Catchment, Co. Cork

Agricultural Scientist
Awbeg (Kilbrin) Catchment, Co. Cork

Philip Murphy is an Agricultural Scientist with Waters of LIFE. Philip studied Agri-environmental science in University College Dublin and went on to complete a PhD on source level nutrient budgeting and distribution on intensive dairy farms with Teagasc Johnstown Castle. He has since worked with the Local Authority Waters Programme and gained substantial experience in receptor/waterbody level environmental assessments as well as experience in recommending measures to mitigate impacts on water quality at local and regional scale. Philip comes from a busy farming background of cows, crops, and contracting in south Tipperary. His primary interest is in supporting farmers to make small and local changes that can contribute to maintaining and improving the environment. With the Waters of LIFE programme Philips goal is to ensure the promotion of positive actions by farmers to protect High Status rivers in Ireland.

Tom Drinan

Project Senior Scientist
Project Office, Croom, Co. Limerick

Tom Drinan is the Project Senior Scientist with the Waters of LIFE.  After completing a PhD investigating the impact of plantation forestry on peatland lakes with University College Cork, Tom moved to New Zealand for over ten years and spent most of his time there working in the Public Sector.  A significant portion of Tom’s role was working with landowners to help restore/protect the water quality and ecological status of receiving freshwaters.  Tom has also worked in environmental consultancy roles, both in Ireland and New Zealand, and has also spent time with Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.  Tom is a strong believer in working with landowners to find practical solutions to help protect the natural environment.

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Mark Desmond – Catchment Scientist – Avonmore Catchment, Co. Wicklow

Catchment Scientist
Avonmore Catchment, Co. Wicklow

Mark Desmond is a Catchment Scientist with the Waters of LIFE. Mark has an MSc in Marine Biology from University College Cork, where he studied population diversity of Brown Trout a sub catchment level. Mark has previous experience in ecological consultancy working on a range of freshwater ecology projects some of which include the delivery of freshwater ecosystem training courses to local stakeholder groups, assessing ecological impact and environmental compliance of drainage works and developing biodiversity enhancement measures for various heritage sites. Mark also spent some time with Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Environmental River Enhancement Programme investigating measures to enhance arterially drained catchments in Ireland. Mark believes in the importance of community investment into the preservation of their local freshwater resource and seeks to support landowners in their goals to protect and improve their local waterbodies.

Ciaran Sheelan

Ciarán Sheelan – Agricultural Scientist – Shournagh Catchment, Co. Cork

Agricultural Scientist - Shournagh Catchment, Co. Cork
Shournagh Catchment, Co. Cork

Ciarán has completed a masters in Agricultural Extension and an Agricultural Science degree, both through University College Dublin.

He has worked closely with farming communities protecting water quality through Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme. Providing one to one support covering farm yard management, soil health, nutrient use efficiency, grassland management, catchment science and biodiversity. While also speaking at numerous public events on these topics.

Ciarán has also gained experience working within Teagasc Farm Advisory and Education services, where he developed nutrient management plans, facilitated farmer discussion groups, completed result based agri-environmental farm plans and provided training in biodiversity and climate change.

Ciarán is looking forward to supporting farming communities realise their sustainability goals.

John Kelly

John Kelly – Agricultural Scientist – Islands Catchment, Galway & Roscommon

Agricultural Scientist
Islands Catchment, Galway & Roscommon

John Kelly is a Catchment Agricultural Scientist with the Waters of LIFE with over 25 years’ experience of farming in the west of Ireland.

This includes multiple Agri Schemes including REPS, GLAS, ACRES, BDGP, Afforestation and Ash Dieback Reconstitution Scheme.

Having converted to organic farming in 2015, he is passionate about High Nature Value Farming and Regenerative Agriculture.

After completing a Degree in Agriculture and Environmental Management, the Galway native lectured in Mountbellew Agricultural College before going on to work as Project Officer with the Hen Harrier Project and the ACRES CP Scheme.

Through his work as a project officer, John trained and advised farmers in getting the most from their farms when scoring through Results Based Agri Environmental Schemes.

John is dedicated to maximising environmental benefits and improved payments for farmers that stay in the community.

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Ross O’Donoghue – Communications and Stakeholder Relationship Manager

Communications & Stakeholder Relationship Manager
Project Office, Croom, Co. Limerick

Ross O’Donoghue is the project’s Communications and Stakeholder Relationship Manager.

Ross brings a broadcasting and journalism background to the project and is excited to tell the story of the project and its scientists, stakeholders and communities.

He has worked in communications management for the past 10 years with a particular focus on community and organisational change.

His goals for the building of stakeholder relationships on this project include active collaboration, localised engagement and a plain english approach to science and technology (le cúpla focal freisin).

Ross would particularly like to hear from anyone with a story to tell about people working together in the catchments’ communities and making Clare, Cork, Galway, Kerry, Roscommon and Wicklow a better place to live.