Helen Nolan

Helen Nolan

Co-Founder & Chairperson

Having graduated with a BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance from Dublin City University, Helen trained as a Chartered Accountant with the Kepak Group in Clonee, Co Meath. Helen has worked at a senior level in the manufacturing/distribution industry in Ireland for over 10 years working with both the Kepak Group and the Boyne Valley Group. Helen is currently employed as a Parliamentary Assistant to Deputy Charlie McConalogue. She is a Co-Founder of Spraoi agus Spórt and has been instrumental in developing the Centre into a successful social enterprise. She has considerable experience in managing both private and public funding on behalf of the centre.

Cliodhna Byrne

Cliodhna Byrne

Company Secretary

Cliodhna hails from West Donegal and is a native Irish speaker. Following her graduation from LYIT with a NCEA in Business & Secretarial Studies Cliodhna travelled and worked in the USA, Germany and England for many years before returning to Ireland to take up a permanent position with National Irish Bank. Cliodhna worked for over 18 years in the Bank as a senior bank official where her main area of responsibility was that of mortgage advisor. Whilst in employment, Cliodhna obtained many banking qualifications and a JEB Teachers Diploma in IT. In 2012 Cliodhna commenced employment in Naíscoil Dhomhnach Óg where she is studying FETAC Level 5 in Childcare.

Maria McElwaine

Maria McElwaine

Job Position

Maria is a qualified Chef from Killybegs Catering College, where she obtained her professional City & Guilds Chef Certificate 706-2. She also holds a child care qualification (NVQ Level 3). Maria has worked in the catering industry for almost 15 years and is currently private child care provider.

Patricia McCarron

Patricia McCarron

Job Position

Patricia has a Diploma in Nursey Nursing and specialised in Special Needs. She worked in the childcare sector for over ten years before becoming a full time mum. Patricia has a daughter with special needs and became involved with Spraoi agus Spórt over four years ago to help develop services for children with a disability in her community as there were none at that time.

Karen McCormick

Karen McCormick

Job Position

Karen holds a BA Joint Honours Degree in Business Administration and French from Queens University Belfast and a Master’s Degree in International Business from University of Ulster. She has worked in a variety of marketing related roles in the private, public and not for profit sectors with extensive experience of dealing with key stakeholders on all levels. She has a keen interest in small business and local economic development.

Elaine Harkin

Elaine Harkin

Job Position

Elaine holds a BTEC National Diploma in Travel and Tourism as well as a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies. She has numerous years’ experience working with children and has worked in the family business since she was 16 years old. Elaine is currently a full time mother.

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