Board Members

Denis Duggan – Chair

Born in Tipperary, Denis is currently the Chief Executive of Macra na Feirme and holds qualifications in IT, sustainable rural development, business studies and has completed an executive MBA at NUIG.

Prior to taking up the Macra na Feirme position Denis was a senior regional development executive with Enterprise Ireland. His role at the organisation included encouraging and supporting business start-ups and providing guidance to new developing businesses.

Prior to taking up his post at Enterprise Ireland, Duggan worked with Shannon Development for six years during which he was instrumental in founding the Birr Coder Dojo programme, which ran computer programming classes to teach programming and coding to local children.

Outside of work, Denis has been a volunteer on the board of members at Tipperary Regional Youth Service, where he held the position of treasurer and took charge of the charity’s finances for six years.


Ciaran Lynch – Company Secretary

Ciaran is currently the Managing Director of Community Engagement Partners Limited having retired as the Development Manager of LIT in 2016. He has a background in sociology, town planning, rural development and governance.

He worked as a local authority planner for over 20 years and was The Planning and Development Officer for County Clare for 13 years. He was formerly the Head of the Sustainable Rural Development Department at Tipperary Institute. He is also a former Director of the National Rural Network and was a member of the CEDRA Expert Advisory Group. He has been and still is Chair and a member of many community and voluntary groups at both national and local levels.

In addition to his work in Local Authorities he has worked on many development projects including local and regional social and economic strategies, community planning projects, Interreg, Erasmus and Horizon 2020 projects and on issues of organisational development and governance for national and community-based organisations. He has also presented papers and given presentations at many national and international conferences over the years.


Liam Kelly – Treasurer

Liam lives in Ardfinnan in Tipperary. He was a member of the Gard Síochána from 1975 to 2006 during which he gained first-hand knowledge of property theft amongst other crimes.

Between 2005 and 2016 he worked in a variety of roles in Muintir na Tíre which included actinbg as National Coordinator of the Community Alert Program, managing the Tipperary Community Safety Project, Managed an SEAI Warmer Homes Program and managed the Irish element of an Interreg transnational project.

Liam has wide experience and commitment to the delivery of services to communities using community action models.


Collette Murphy – Board Member

Colette lives in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny and is married to Peter. They have 3
children ages 23, 21, 18.

Colette has been involved in her community since 2006 and set up Goresbridge Rural Development which has made great improvements around the area Her interests include, photography, hurling, crafts, art, vegetable gardening and all things community. In addition to her other activities, she is the Credit Controller in Goresbridge Credit Union.


Michael O’Reilly – Board Member

Michael lives in County Cavan. He has recently retired from his position as Sergeant with the Cavan Monaghan Division which he held for many years.

Michael has been actively involved with both Community Alert and Neighbourhood Watch groups for over 30 years and is a great believer in strengthening the partnership approach between communities and An Garda Síochána. He brings a wealth of recent experience of community-based security to the Board.


James O’Neill – Development Manager

James has a background in agriculture and rural and community development and it is his energy and vision which lies behind the establishment of Property Marking Ireland – an energy which has been confirmed by his being one of the finalists in this year’s Social Entrepreneur Awards.

James has a degree in Rural Development from Tipperary Institute and is passionately committed to the role of community and voluntary organisations in community-based action.

He worked with Muintir na Tíre between 2010 and 2016 in the roles of Regional Development Officer, Acting National Director of Services and National Co-Ordinator Community Development. He has also worked as a Community Development Officer with local communities.

For the past number of years James has been working with the Gardaí, Local Authorities, Joint Policing Committees and communities in piloting the Property Marking Program in Cavan-Monaghan and Cork. These pilots have proved so successful that James is now committed to rolling them out nationwide on a collaborative basis.