About Us 2018-08-20T13:55:06+00:00
IRWC visits The Gearagh, near Macroom in County Cork, October 2011

IRWC hosts public event at Scohaboy Bog near Cloughjordan, May 2018

Meet the team

As a group, we meet quarterly to discuss and advance a plan of work that is focussed on achieving our objectives. Our members currently include:

Maurice has worked with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht since 1999. In 2015 he was appointed Senior Wetland Ecologist with the Science and Biodiversity Unit. Since that time a lot of his work has been on raised bog conservation and restoration, with a focus on efforts to meet Ireland’s commitments to the Habitats Directive. He is responsible for managing survey, research and monitoring work on Ireland’s wetland habitats and for communicating the results of this work within the scientific community and to the public at large.

Ciara is an Inspector in the Environmental Protection Agency, has a background in ecology and a particular interest in water and biodiversity. Ciara is a keen advocate for citizen science and community engagement through her involvement in steering EPA-funded studies and her participation on the Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee and the Community Wetlands Forum.

Email: c.maxwell@epa.ie

Environmental Protection Agency

Email: T.O’Mahony@epa.ie

Inland Fisheries Ireland

James is a Fisheries Biologist with Iasach Intíre Éireann, Inland Fisheries Ireland.


Brian is a member of the Environment Section within the Office of Public Works (OPW) whose works focuses on environment issues within Flood Risk Management services.  OPW are the lead statutory authority for implementation of flood risk management in Ireland, which includes arterial drainage programmes, flood relief works and implementation of the EU Floods Directive.
Email: brian.fitzgerald@opw.ie

Micheline Sheehy Skeffington is Emeritus Senior Lecturer at NUI Galway, where she lectured in plant ecology and set up the Plant Ecology Research Unit. Her research interests focus on wetland habitats, notably turloughs. Her publications, many with postgraduate students, also include many other wetland habitats such as upland plant communities and threats to them through climate change, peatland rare species and habitats in the west of Ireland, flood-meadows and sustainable agriculture. She continues to research and publish on wetland plant species and habitats.

Hydraulic expert, Education Trinity College Dublin

Email: pjhnston@tcd.ie

Heritage Officer Wicklow County Council

Deirdre works for Wicklow County Council, and is one of twenty eight Heritage Officers employed by local authorities across Ireland. Heritage Officers work to strengthen policy and decision making within the local authority in relation to natural and built heritage, and to provide advice and guidance for the wider community. Deirdre co-ordinates a programme of work in Wicklow through the County Heritage and Biodiversity Plans that in recent years has included, amongst other things, the production of a County Wetlands Map, habitat surveys, as well as promotional material on biodiversity, the coastline and individual wetland sites in Wicklow.
Email: dburns@wicklowcoco.ie

Catherine Keena is a Countryside Management Specialist with Teagasc

Mary is one of 20 Teagasc advisors working in a new collaborative targeted “Agricultural Sustainability Support & Advisory Programme “ (ASSAP) which has been jointly funded by DHPLG & DAFM and will be implemented from 2018-2021. Marys function is to improve environmental sustainability of farmers through one to one advice and group/public activities with an initial focus on water quality. She is involved in providing a free advisory service to farmers who manage lands around “critical source areas” of catchments that are currently under significant environmental pressure. These areas have been identified and set out in the River Basin Management plan.

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CEPA Focal Point

Karin is based at Trinity College Dublin. She sits on the Environment Pillar steering froup, National Biodiversity Forum and Council of the National Economic & Social Council, and on a variety of wetland expert groups. She brings practical wetland protection and restoration experience as well as project design and implementation.
Email: kdubsky@coastwatch.org

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