Fionnuala is a philosophy graduate with more than has 25 years of community work and activism behind her, both in a professional and  in a voluntary capacity.  Holding additional qualifications in Community Development practice, Youth and Community Work and International youth mobility project management, she has worked directly with a range of vulnerable and “at risk”  groups over this time. She is currently the South West Regional Co-ordinator of MOVE Ireland (Men Overcoming Violence).

Since moving to Clare in 2006, she has served in many voluntary roles for a diverse range of organisations-including Secretary for East Clare Community Co-op, Treasurer then Chairperson of Whitegate Camogie club, Secretary for Whitegate Community Council, parents representative to the board of Lakyle National School and lately as a committee member on a newly formed community games committee. This depth of experience has helped her to see the needs of the region from a range of viewpoints, from youth/educational to environmental/sustainable development.

Fionnuala has been instrumental in directing financial resources to East Clare, through a wide range of grant applications over the past 12 years, including  POBAL employment grants ,  LEADER/SEAI capital grants , EU ERASMUS educational training grants and Local Authority grants. She has been the Irish co-ordinator for 2 International projects, one on the theme of sustainable local food and the other was a training course on Youth leadership. Fionnuala has a strong interest in Community Leadership and collective agency and this led her to invite the President of Ireland to Scariff in 2012 to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of East Clare Community Co-operative.