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Declan O'Callaghan
Native of Mohill, Co. Leitrim. Graduated from UCG (now NUIG) with B.A. and LL.B. Qualified as Solicitor in 1983 and commenced own Legal Practice at Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon in 1987. Lives in Ballaghaderreen with his wife Mary Devine O'Callaghan and three daughters. Chairman of Council for the West, founder member and first Chairman of Ballaghaderreen & Districts Development Ltd. He has been actively involved in many community and voluntary groups.
Ray O'Donoghue
An Industrial Engineer by profession, founding member of the Irish Institute of Training and Development and a former Training Manager with Údarás na Gaeltachta. Chairman of Galway County Community Forum and a Board member of many companies and organisations including the Western Development Commission, Oranmore Community Development Association and Galway Rural Development Company. Founder and former Managing Director of multi-million pound company, Telemara Teoranta based in Carraroe, County Galway. A native of Kilfenora in County Clare, living in Oranmore in County Galway for many years and now semi-retired.
Michael McGarrigle
Resides near Ballyshannon. Employed by New Ireland Assurance as financial advisor and mortgage intermediare. Former national chair of Irish Sudden Infant Death Association and current chair of Cashelard Community Development Association; director of the Breesy Centre, Cashelard, Ballyshannon, and of Ulster Community Investment Trust. Has worked on a voluntary basis with the Bluestack Ramblers and The Breesy Centre to promote walking as a pastime/tourist attraction.
Bishop Fleming
Born in Ardpatrick, Co. Limerick, educated at St Munchin's College, Limerick and St Patrick's College, Maynooth. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Limerick and worked as Diocesan Secretary in Limerick, as Rector of the Pontifical Irish College Rome and as Bishop of Killala since his ordination as bishop on April 7th 2002. He has published a number of books and is on a number of commissions for the Irish Bishops' Conference.

Bishop Jones
Born in Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon. Educated in Summerhill College, Sligo, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, U.C.G./U.C.D. Ordained priest in June 1962. Secondary teacher in St. Muredach's College, Ballina, Co. Mayo from 1962 to 1965 and in Summerhill College, Sligo from1965 to 1971. Director of Sligo Social Service Council from 1971 to1987. Curate in Rosses Point from1979 to 1987. Adm. in Cathedral parish, Sligo from 1987 to1994. Ordained Bishop of Elphin Diocese 15 Aug 1994.

Liam Horan

Liam Horan is a highly experienced Careers Consultant, Media and Interview trainer, who has won numerous awards as a Journalist and broadcaster. Published weekly, his Careers Column appears in 12 regional Irish newspapers, and he is a frequent contributor to live discussions on regional and national radio. Liam is an innovative entrepreneur and a successful business owner and mentor. Sli Nua Careers, the most recent addition to Liam’s repertoire, has achieved great success since its establishment in 2010. Sub-offices of Sli Nua Careers have since opened in Galway and Dublin, and are already proving to be just as successful.  Liam is extremely active within his local community, and is currently the secretary for Ballinrobe GAA club.

Sean Sweeney
Lives at Deerpark, Manorhamilton. Was Principal of St. Clare's Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton until his recent retirement. He has always had wide involvement in voluntary and community affairs locally and throughout County Leitrim including County Leitrim CIS, MABS, the Leitrim Guardian and the Credit Union movement.

Diarmaid Mulcahy

Diarmaid is Executive Director of SDM Consulting, Moycullen Co Galway, a business consultancy company working with the SME and State sectors across Ireland .  He also has business interests in the training and water services industries. He has previously worked in the Agrifood  and seafood sectors.

Is very involved in the community and voluntary sector with bodies such as Moycullen Community Development Association, Galway County Community Forum, Galway Traveller Movement, Galway City Partnership and the Western Development Commission.

Diarmaid holds third level qualifications in both Science(UCC) and Business Administration(Oxford Brooks UK) and he also works extensively with young people in both music (Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eirinn) and sport (soccer, gaelic football and rugby underage coaching).





Micheal Frain

from Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon

Neville Bagnall

Neville Bagnall is a community activist and member of the Council for the West.
Mr. Bagnall is a senior application developer with Propylon, providing IT solutions to international Legal and Regulatory clients. A founding member of the company and earlier startups in the North West region, Mr. Bagnall has direct experience of the challenges and advantages of high tech startups in the western region.


Mike Hogan

From Kilkishen, Co. Clare.

John Connolly
From Kingsland near Boyle, L.C. St. Mary's College, Boyle. L.C. 1964. Worked in England for one year. U.C.G. 1965-69 B.A. Hons. Teaching in Ballaghaderreen 1968-70 and since then in Castlerea Convent of Mercy Secondary school, and Castlerea Community School since 1991. Assisted the delivery of extra mural courses for U.C.G as an Economics Teacher. Interested in Balanced Regional Development and equity in Social and Economic development for the BMW region.

Co-ordinator Profile

Caroline Wilson

Co-ordinator for Council for the West and manages the office and secretariat since 2005 and is The Wheel Regional Champion for Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. Caroline is a native of Knockmore in Co. Mayo and is actively involved in many community and voluntary groups. She was the Mayo Outreach Champion for Community Outreach programmes; Digital Switchover (in 2012) and Eircode (in 2015) via The Wheel and the Department of Communications, Energy & National Resources.

Founder Member:

Bishop Finnegan

The former Bishop of Killala Bishop Thomas Finegan died 25th December 2011, RIP.

He was a founder member of the Council for the West. A native of Roscommon and former President of Summerhill College, Sligo, he also served as first chairperson of Meitheal Mhaigheo, the Mayo Area Partnership established by the Government in 1991 to tackle long-term unemployment. He was a founder member of the IRD Company, Moy Valley Resources. After the publication of the National Development Plan in 1991, Dr. Finnegan involved the Parish Councils of the Diocese in an ongoing audit of their parishes, resulting in two publications, Killala Diocese: Crusade for Survival 2000 and 2001.

Seán Hannick

The former Chairman of Council for the West Seán Hannick died on 30th January 2015, RIP. Seán was a founding member of the Council for the West in 1994 and Chairman from 2002 -2015. Seán was one of the leading figures in the establishment of the Western Development Commission and campaigned for retention of Objective 1 Status for the region in 1997. Seán was a native of Killala

and former Mayo Person of the Year. He was a successful businessman across a number of sectors, whose career spanned over fifty years, during which he has worked in, owned and successfully managed various businesses.