Key Personnel (Archive)


Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin
Archbishop of Dublin (President)

Diarmuid Martin is a native of Dublin and was ordained to the priesthood in May 1969. Most of his ministry as a priest was spent in the service of the Holy See, initially at the Pontifical Council for the Family and subsequently at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, of which he was Secretary. He was ordained bishop by Pope John Paul in 1999. In 2001 he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the United Nations Institutions in Geneva. Archbishop Martin returned to Dublin as co-adjutor Archbishop in 2003 and succeeded Cardinal Desmond Connell as Archbishop of Dublin in April 2004.

Archbishop Martin is currently Vice-President of the Irish Episcopal Conference, Chairman of   the Department of Social Issues and International Affairs and Chairman of the Bishops’ Commission on Europe. He is a Member of the Council of the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops and of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.  He is co-moderator of the Joint Working Group for Relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches .


Kevin Doran (Secretary General)

Kevin is a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin, ordained in 1977. Kevin has taught at second and third level and has a particular interest in Catholic Social Teaching and in the Ethics of Healthcare. In addition to parish ministry, he has worked in the formation of candidates for priesthood and diaconate, and was chaplain at University College, Dublin for seven years. He also served for three years as co-ordinator of the European Vocations Service. He was, most recently, parish priest of Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.

Anne Griffin, General Manager IEC2012Anne Griffin (General Manager)

Anne is a native of Dublin but with Kilkenny roots. She has worked extensively in international conference management and business tourism, most recently managing Abbey Conference and Corporate. Anne was a project manager for the Special Olympics World Games 2003 and event manager for the European Heart and Lung Transplant Games (2004). She has a keen interest in jazz , travel and photography.


- Finance and Administration
- Marketing and Publications
- Media
- Logistics and Event Services
- Volunteer Services

- Jill Dempsey (Personal Assistant)
- Nathaly de Mey (Sponsorship Coordinator)
- Deirdre Quinn (Exhibition Sales)
- Sinéad Marren (Workshop Venue Manager)
- Jessie Walsh (RDS Venue Manager)
- Hugh Jones (Croke Park Venue Co-ordinator)


Sheena Darcy (Office Manager)

Sheena, who comes from Dublin, joined the team in June 2010 as Office Manager. Before coming to the Eucharistic Congress, she managed the National Office of Youth 2000 Ireland for four years. She holds a diploma in Human Resources Management and she also studied in Rome for one year. Sheena has participated in three World Youth Days and volunteered at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2003.


Administration Team:

- Marian O'Meara (Administrative Assistant)
- Joanne Dunne (Office Administrator)


Sharon Doyle (Financial Controller)

Sharon is a native of Waterford and is Financial Controller. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, Associate Member of the Irish Tax Institute, Member of Accounting Technicians Ireland and the Institute of Bankers. She additionally holds a BA (Hons) in Business and Financial Studies from Waterford Institute of Technology. Sharon’s experience encompasses practice, industry and financial services and includes roles with Xerox, Merrill Lynch and as Financial Controller with the Reconnaissance Group in Haiti, a subcontractor of Digicel.


Colette Furlong (Pastoral Services Manager)

Colette joined the team in August 2010 and will have responsibility for supporting the development and implementation of the pastoral programme nationwide. A graduate her work has included facilitating retreats; providing training for liturgical ministries; supporting parish councils, chaplaincy in St. Patrick’s College, Carlow and teaching at All Hallows College. She is fluent in Italian and lives in Dunboyne, Co.Meath.



Pastoral Team:

- Gellért Merza (Pastoral Development Officer)
- Anna Keegan (Youth Programme Officer)
- Damien Fitzsimons (Bell Pilgrimage Coordinator)
- Tommy Burns (Bell Pilgrimage Coordinator)

Aisling HarmeyAisling Harmey (Media Relations Manager)

Aisling joined the team in February 2012 to oversee Media Relations for IEC2012. She is a former Managing Editor of Internal Communications at Eircom Plc. Trained as a journalist, Aisling worked as a reporter with Irish Press newspapers for a number of years and later as news editor for Echo Newspapers.  She has also garnered significant work experience in the corporate world, having held the position of director in a successful IT company on the West Coast.


Media Relations Team
- Aoife Connors (Media Officer)
- Mark Linehan (Media Officer)

Teresa Menendez

Teresa Menéndez (Marketing and Publications Manager)

Teresa hails from Argentina and has been living in Ireland for a couple of years. Prior to working for IEC2012 she has worked as the Marketing Officer for The Helix and coordinator of Communications and Institutional Relations for the Cultural Centre of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina. Prior to this, she was Account Executive for PR company, The Jeffrey Group. Teresa holds a Degree in Social Communications and a Masters in Cultural Policy and Arts Management, as well as third level qualifications in Catechesis and Theology. 


Marketing and Publications Team:

- Catherine McIlvenna (Website and Social Media Administrator) 
- Sinéad Fraher (Marketing Officer)


Laura Phelan (Event Services and Logistics Manager)

Laura also joined the Congress team in September 2010. Her role is to support the tendering process for goods and services, so that the contributions made by people all over Ireland are wisely spent on the things that will help to make the Congress work. Her role includes the planning, co-ordination, purchasing and supply of all goods and services for the Congress.  A native of Laois, Laura is a graduate of DIT and the Smurfit Business School (UCD).


Event Services and Logistics Team:
- Dara McNally (Event Services and Logistics Administrator)
- Iseult Byrne (Project Management & Event Services Administrator)
- Mary Anne Stokes (Programming Administrator)
- Sr Brigette Cormack (Clergy Accreditation Administrator)
- Sinead Murphy (Event Services Administrator)
- Lars Benson (Logistics Administrator)
- Natasha Purtill (RDS Site Manager)

Paul Rooney

Paul Rooney (Volunteer Manager)

Paul joined the International Eucharistic Congress team in September 2011. His responsibilities are to manage the Volunteer Services Department and to recruit and support over 2,000 volunteers to work with us during the Congress week. He lives in Dublin and has been working as an engineer for sixteen years. He actively volunteers in youth ministry and has been the National Leader of Youth 2000 for four years, helping facilitate Eucharistic centred prayer groups and retreats. Paul has attended five World Youth Days. He has a great interest in fishing. 


Volunteer Services Team:
- Selina O'Regan (Volunteer Administrator)
- Pauline O'Meara (Volunteer Administrator)

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Interns from various universities supported the staff in various departments. Please click here for more information.

The key personnel and staff for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress have now finished their employment contracts with IEC2012, as the Congress is now over. We would like to thank them all for their work and dedication. Please contact the General Manager Anne Griffin if you would like to get in contact with any of them for employment opportunities.

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