Committee

These are the Members of SDCSP Committee:

Michael Hannon

Senior Executive Parks Superintendent, South Dublin County Council

A graduate of UCD in Landscape Horticulture, Michael has worked as a Parks Superintendent in Dublin City Council and South Dublin County Council since 1982. His role covers Operations Management, Design and Planning of parks and open spaces throughout the county. Michael also represents SDCC on the Dublin Mountains Partnership, the umbrella group representing the interests of recreational users of the Dublin Mountains.

Cecil Johnston

Community Development Coordinator, SDC Partnership

In his role with South Dublin County Partnership Cecil has been involved in various programmes and activities, from the provision of training supports for local organisations to the promotion of the Grand Canal as a local amenity, and activity programmes in areas such as Bawnogue, Knockmitten, North Clondalkin and Quarryvale. In a voluntary capacity he is Chairperson of Killinarden Community Games and has acted as Manager for the Dublin Community Games at national finals for most years since 1991. He is also a Committee member and coach with Tallaght Athletic Club and a Committee member of the Dublin County Athletics Board.

Gerard Loh

Youth Sports Officer, Dublin/Dun Laoghaire ETB

Gerard’s role as Youth Sports Officer is to develop sports services with voluntary youth groups in DDLETB catchment area. The Youth Sports Officer is also responsible for designing, planning and implementing sports programmes directly to the target group and for the development of new sporting opportunities for young people. An example of this would be the Jobseeker programme run in partnership with SDCC which provides sports leadership training to young unemployed to help them start a career in sport.

Tim O’Connor

Sports and Recreation Officer, ITT Dublin

A Graduate of WIT in Recreation and Leisure, Tim has been involved in Athletics internationally as an athlete, coach and manager. Working in ITT Dublin his role involves establishing, coordinating and promoting circa 40 successful sports clubs and arts and culture societies, as well as establishing as many links as possible in the South Dublin community to help make the area become recognised for quality sports provision. Tim is also an Executive member of Student Sport Ireland the representative body for 3rd level sport in Ireland.

Caroline Peppard

Health Promotion Unit, HSE

Caroline works as a Senior Health Promotion Officer in the HSE. A graduate of the University of Ulster she has a MSocSc from UCD. She is interested in how social and health policy can promote health and wellbeing, including being active in hard to reach groups.

David Ross

Provincial Domestic Game Manager, Leinster Rugby

First appointed to the position of Club Development Manager in Leinster and subsequently appointed Provincial Domestic Game Manager – Leinster. David’s area of responsibilities covers all aspects of Domestic Rugby (non professional rugby) both “on” and “off” field activities and includes links with Clubs, Schools, 3RD Level Colleges & the Community as well as links to Committee structures. David is also a representative on the Committees of Fingal and Dublin City Sports Partnerships.

Pat Ryan

Regional Development Officer, Athletics Ireland

Region covers Westmeath, Laois, Kildare, Carlow and South Dublin. Pat works with local clubs in terms of providing coach education, equipment grants, event promotion, official training, development squads, introducing new initiatives to boost membership, etc. The Fit4Life scheme and Little Athletics would be examples of some of the programmes. He also liaises with local bodies to work on areas of mutual benefit.

Ed Sadlier

Community Forum

A now retired member of An Garda Síochána. in April 1984 Eddie was transferred to Tallaght as the first Community Garda and Juvenile Liaison Officer dealing with first offenders. He liaised with all the various community groups, schools, clubs and statutory agencies and helped network the senior citizens groups. He was also one of the Garda Ethnic Liaison officers. As Chairman of Tymon Bawn Residents Association he helped run the community center and as Chairman of the South Dublin Senior Citizens Group he manages a daily activities programme in the Postal Club in Kiltipper for older aged.

Alison Silke

Sports Officer, South Dublin County Council

After completing an Honours Degree in Health & Fitness Studies in Tralee, Alison was appointed as the Youth Sports Officer with the then County Dublin VEC, responsible for the promotion of sport amongst youth at risk in the Tallaght area. From there she moved to South Dublin County Council where she was appointed Sports & Recreation Officer in 2006. The aim of the Sport and Recreation Unit is to plan, promote and develop sport and recreation in South County Dublin.

Paula Swayne

Sports Officer, South Dublin County Council

Paula graduated from Waterford IT in Recreation and Leisure Management. After a number of years managing leisure facilities in the public and private sector she moved to South Dublin County Council as Sports & Recreation Officer in 2001. The aim of the Sport and Recreation Unit is to plan, promote and develop sport and recreation in South Dublin County. The vision is to increase participation in sport, recreation and physical activity while supporting excellence regardless of age, gender, ability, economic or social circumstances.

Enda Timoney

Second Level Schools and PEAI (Physical Education Assoc. of Ireland

A PE Teacher in St. Mark’s Community School, Springfield, Tallaght, since 1982. Involved in promoting all sports and supporting teachers in taking school teams. Specialist interest would be Gaelic Football. Many years experience in leading groups hill walking and bringing groups to Outdoor Education Centres)

Marc Thornton

MD at DTA Marketing

Marc Thornton is md of DTA Marketing a leading Dublin firm of marketing consultants and trainers. He represents South Dublin Chamber of Commerce on the Board and communicates with the business community on relevent matters. Marc has a special interest in communications, branding, social media and digital marketing. Marc is a keen sportsperson having previously played rugby with St Mary’s College RFC and is a member of Kilmashogue golf club.
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