Mary Coffey

Mary Coffey

Mary Coffey

Mary’s roots are in East Clare to which she has returned. Since coming home to live in Tuamgraney full time she has been heavily involved with her local community. 

 

Professionally Mary has worked in the field of radiotherapy education and development for many years. She has wide experience of committee work at local, national and international level. Her work has resulted in professional recognition and improved education for radiation therapists and a national strategy for radiotherapy development.  

 

Since returning to Tuamgraney she has shown that she is heavily committed to community development and has been involved in many aspects of the local community :- a long term member of Tuamgraney Development Association and is currently vice chairperson responsible for the future establishment of a community centre; secretary of the local ICA guild and co-ordinator of the Tuamgraney Harp Festival.  Currently she is also the Mayor of Tuamgraney. 

 

“Mary is a woman who believes in local community and is not afraid to speak up and be heard when things need to be said….! “

Rose Anne White

Rose Anne White

Rose Anne White

Rose Anne White has been an active member of the community in Killaloe for the past six years. She founded the Killaloe-Ballina Local History Society with Arlene White in 2017, and the group has flourished since. She has campaigned for improvements locally, specifically in the area of local heritage, public transport, community gardening, and facilities for children. She has had a long career in the heritage sector and is now working in the area of public policy.

Colette Bradley

Colette Bradley

Colette Bradley

For the past 6 years Colette Bradley has been the coordinator of Shannon Family Resource Centre and is committed to the delivery and further development of services and activities for the local community. She also recognises the need for more community services for Shannon and the surrounding areas. Prior to Colette’s Coordination position in Shannon she worked in the Community & Voluntary Sector for 12 years based in Ennis.

Colette was a voluntary member of a number of committees over the years including the group which oversaw the establishment of a community crèche and a resource centre, now North West Clare Family Resource Centre, in Ennistymon.

Colette is committed to working towards a more equal society and recognises social inclusion, equal opportunities and environmental protection as key building blocks to the achievement of a fairer and more progressive society.

She feels privileged to call beautiful North Clare her home living in Lisdoonvarna and prior to that in Kilfenora since moving to Co. Clare from Co. Wicklow in 1998. 

Dermot Hayes

Dermot Hayes

DERMOT HAYES

Originally from Kells, Corofin, I have been based in Ennis for some years. As a young lad I was very active in the Corofin Youth Club and Hall Committee. In my early working life, I was very active in trade unions, becoming Shop Steward and later President of Clare Trade Union. I also became chair of the Trades Council.

I stood for local elections a number of times with the themes of social inclusion and efforts to represent those on the margins. I failed to get elected despite running very close.

In 1992, together with other people with disabilities, I set up a Disabled People of Clare, with the human rights approach – “Nothing about us without us”. We became active in change locally and nationally. This led to the setting up in recent years of the Clare Leader Forum, in which I am very active.

Also during the late 1990s, I was very active in the Ennis CDP, up to its closing in 2016. This group worked with Travellers and with those who came to Ireland seeking asylum. I am also so very involved in my local residents’ association.

Nationally, I am on the board of the Independent Living Movement Network. I was nominated to a disability committee under the Disability Act 2005. I was elected to Clare LCDC and to the SPC on Social Policy, roles from which I had to step down when I stood in last year’s local elections. I will endeavour to maintain communication with relevant Clare PPN groups to represent you to the best of my ability.

Cornelia Wahli

Cornelia Wahli

CORNELIA WAHLI

Cornelia, a native of Switzerland, has lived in Ireland for more than 30 years. She has a background in education and she practises meditation, qi-gong and yoga, and is a member of the Ennis Friary Choir. Her personal quest is to gently move toward a lighter imprint during her residence on the planet.

Cornelia’s passion for the outdoors was kindled in the 1980s while living in Dublin. Since then continued experiments with garden design and permaculture design have resulted in her chemical-free lifestyle both indoors and outdoors. She encourages any and all members of the public to live plastic-free through her “Operation de-Plastification” vision and actions, supporting a healthier environment and re-connection with the natural world through a sustainable way of life.

As the Clare PPN environmental representative on Clare County Council’s Local Community Development Committee, Cornelia would like to be a voice for the natural world; a healthy and nurturing environment that is capable of feeding and supporting humans as well as fauna and flora with sustainable development a core value. Cornelia’s mission is to tread lightly upon this earth, leave few traces and enjoy life in tune with nature.