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Ireland K4C Hub (Limerick)

Eileen Hoffler
Prior to joining UL, Eileen was CEO of SERVE, a development and volunteering organisation committed to tackling poverty in the Global South.  Eileen spent 18 years working with the Society of St Vincent de Paul in various capacities including Regional Coordinator.. She has extensive experience in organisational leadership, policy development, monitoring and evaluating volunteer run projects and is committed to facilitating person centred sustainable change.

Donal O’Leary
Dónal O’Leary is the University of Limerick’s Access Campus Co-ordinator, located on the Southside of Limerick city, where Dónal has been in place since 2004. Dónal enjoys strong connections with local community organisations and is the key driver for UL student placements and partnerships between local communities and the School of Allied Health.

Deirdre Ní Loingsigh
Before Joining UL Deirdre taught Gaeilge at GMIT (Castlebar Campus) and worked with Meitheal Mhaigh Eo Teo, the Area Based Partnership for Co. Mayo, on a rural development initiative in the Erris Gaeltacht. Her research interests focus on: Adult learners; transformative learning; work-based language learning; language advising; ICT in language learning; language policy and organisational change; language learning beyond the classroom; learning spaces; language anxiety; language networks; new speakerness; problem based learning; language teacher education, and the life and work of An Seabhac. She currently coordinates BLÁTHÚ, a PAR project entitled An Rannpháirtíocht Phobail, Líonrú agus Tacaíocht Teanga do Nuachainteoirí na Gaeilge ibpobail Iasmuigh den Ghaeltacht [Public Engagement, Networking and Language Support for New Speakers of Irish in Communities outside of An Ghaeltacht].


Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain
Orfhlaith is an ethnochoreologist and Course Director of the MA in Irish Traditional Dance Performance programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland. As an accomplished performer and teacher of Irish music, song and dance, she delivers workshops and seminars internationally and is a recognised expert in the Irish traditional music and dance world.  Her research interests include Arts in Health, Irish Music and Dance studies and Music and Dance Education. She is an active member of the Arts and Health Research Cluster and a director of Dance Ireland. Notable publications include Jigs to Jacobites (2018), The Terminology of Irish Dance, (2008). She has also published several articles on set dancing for Parkinson’s with colleagues in the Department of Allied Health.

Sarah Hayes
The Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC)  Education and Public Engagement (EPE) programme funded by Science Foundation Ireland plays a key role in communicating the importance and value of science to the wider society in Ireland. The SSPC’s EPE programmes incorporate customised, context based activities for each stage of the Irish primary and post-primary educational systems. Additional programmes designed for third/fourth level students, industry, and the general public also play a role in the EPE strategy to promote engagement with SSPC’s research, as well as to create a dialogue among all participants about Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM), particularly in the area of chemistry and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Sarah is dedicated to education, training and outreach and is responsible for managing and delivering SSCP’s Training, Education and Outreach initiatives.

Alphonse Basogomba
Alphonse Basogomba is from Burundi and has been involved in – creating, leading and collaborating – on a variety of community development initiatives in Ennis and the surrounding county. Alphonse is polyglot, speaking 3 European languages (French, English and Russian) and 3 African languages (Burundian, Rwandese and Swahili). Since coming to Ireland, Alphonse has completed studies in the field of Community Development, legal studies, Social Inclusion, graduating with a Master of Arts in Peace and Development Studies from the University of Limerick in 2017. He has conducted and participated in many types of research on immigrants and ethnic minorities issues in Ireland co-founding the Clare Intercultural Network in 2005 and the Intercultural and Diversity Education Centre in 2010. He is a former chair of Ennis CDP and has served on different committees with and for disadvantaged people, mainly immigrants and Travellers living in Co. Clare.

Jimmy Burke
Jimmy Burke is the University of Limerick’s recently-appointed Interprofessional Practice Tutor. This is a new and exciting role both nationally and internationally, which focuses on developing interprofessional learning for UL students in community-based settings. Jimmy is dedicated to building academic-community partnerships in emergent areas of health and social care practice within this role. Before taking up this position, Jimmy worked as a physiotherapist for over 9 years, specialising in the area of Paediatric Disability. As a qualified clinician Jimmy has extensive experience of supporting health needs in acute, community-based and disability settings. Autism Spectrum Disorder is one of Jimmy’s areas of clinical interest. Last year he was awarded funding for his project “Giddy Up!”, which provides equine-assisted activity to children with additional needs.

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