Trustees

The current trustees of the Society of St Vincent de Paul are

National President: Kieran Stafford - appointed May 2017 (first appointed to NMC: August 2007)

Kieran is a member of his Conference of St Peter & Paul’s in Clonmel, Co Tipperary since 2001. He is married with two girls one of whom is President of her youth Conference in Mary Immaculate College Limerick. He was South East regional twinning officer before becoming Regional President in 2007 & was appointed National Vice President in May 2013.

In his current role he is responsible for home visitation, social justice, youth, training and twinning in the Society. Kieran is partner in a small family business since returning from the UK in 1989. He is a keen sports fan and a passionate follower of Tipperary hurling & Arsenal football club. His interests include walking and golf.

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National Vice President for Members: Rose McGowan - appointed June 2017

Rose has been a member of the Society since her early school days, visiting the North inner city in Dublin where she continues to carry our her visitation today with her Conference. She has held a number of roles in the Society over the years from Conference President, Area President and was Regional President for the Dublin Region from 2005.

Rose was appointed National Twinning Coordinator in 2006 and became a member of the Commission for International Aid and Development in Paris having been appointed by the previous President General, a position she has been reappointed to by the current President General.

National Vice President for Governance & The Rule: Ciara Reynolds - appointed July 2017

Ciara Reynolds joined the SVP in 2008 as a member of the Holy Family Conference in Clonmel in Co. Tipperary which she was involved with visitations and fundraising efforts.

Ciara also spent a year as Secretary to the Sacred Heart Conference in Dublin 2. She currently resides in Meath and is a member of the Holy Cross Conference in North Meath

National Treasurer: Peter Fitzpatrick - appointed July 2017

Peter is a native of Belfast, where he lived until he graduated from Queen’s University. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England before moving to Dublin in 1980, where he has lived since then.

He is now retired and was previously a Partner in Coopers & Lybrand, Chartered Accountants ( now part of PriceWaterouseCoopers) before embarking on a career in Financial Services. In the past, he has acted as a non executive director for a number of companies and served with Associations in a voluntary capacity.
Peter’s previous involvement with the Society was in the role of Independent Examiner for a number of years.
He is married with four children and seven grandchildren. 

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Regional President South West: Christy Lynch - appointed January 2015

Christy Lynch is a widower with 5 daughters and 8 grandchildren. He retired from The Kerryman newspaper after 40 years and he drove a taxi for 19 years with John Crean taxi firm in Tralee.

Christy joined St Pius Conference Tralee in 1974. He served as Conference President three times over a forty-year period. In 2006 Christy served as Vice-President for Tralee area until 2009. From 2009-2014 Christy served as President of Tralee area. In 2013, while serving as President, Christy established the SVP Tralee furniture shop, which was and still is a huge successful. Christy became the South-West Regional President in 2015. Christy is a big fan of Manchester United, Kerry football and his local John Mitchell’s Club and is a member of Tralee Golf club.

geoff.jpgRegional President West: Michael McCann - appointed November 2015

Michael McCann was President of the Galway Area Council of the Society from 2012 until appointed West Regional President in November 2015 and has been a member of the Conference of the Resurrection, Headford Rd., Galway, since he joined the Society in 2007. He served for a number of years, before becoming Area President, as a member of St. Augustine’s Conference in Galway, the Conference charged with the disbursement of the legacy of the late Maureen O Connell.

As a former Secondary school Principal, he has a very keen interest in education and sees it as one of the most powerful tools in breaking the cycle of poverty and deprivation and changing peoples’ lives. For that reason he was particularly pleased, as a member of St. Augustine’s Conference, to help promote the funding of two educational initiatives aimed at improving the life chances of young people in Galway. These were the ‘Incredible Years Programme’ which was successfully completed with pre- school children in disadvantaged areas of Galway city and a Learning Mentor Initiative which was organised in a DEIS second level school in the city.

geoff.jpgRegional President Northern Ireland: Brendan O Neill - appointed September 2017

Brendan O Neill was elected as Regional President for the Northern Region in September 2017. Brendan was previously Regional Vice President and served as Area President in North Down and Ards and was Conference President of St Patrick's Conference Portaferry.

Brendan is originally from North Belfast and is now a “blow in” in Portaferry for 20 years. He is a building inspector and is the owner of a business which provides quality inspections on major construction projects. A keen follower of Antrim GAA and Liverpool FC, Brendan relaxes by spending as much time as he can with his 5 children and 7 grandchildren and his wife.

geoff.jpgRegional President Mid West: John Lupton - appointed April 2015

John Lupton is Regional President of the Mid West Region (i.e. Clare, Limerick, Offaly and Tipperary). Born (August 14th 1952) in Roscrea and a member of the town’s St. Cronan’s Conference since March 1983. Having been involved in various community empowerment initiatives over the years, he sees his role, as a Vincentian, as facilitating those isolated and marginalised, through need, back to their rightful place in their community of belonging.

A past pupil of Roscrea CBS and graduate of UCD, he is founding principal of the Accountancy firm, Lupton & Associates, and a Trust & Estate and Personal Insolvency Practitioner.

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Regional President NorthEast & Midlands: Liam Reily - appointed May 2013

Liam Reilly joined SVP in 2005. Three years later he was elected Dundalk Area President, serving for 5 years, he represented 12 Conferences on the Regional Council. In June 2013 Liam was elected as Regional President for the then North East region (Louth, Meath, Monaghan & Cavan). Liam remained on as Regional President under the Society’s restructure and is now Regional President for the North East & Midlands region (Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Cavan, Longford & Westmeath)

Liam is also Post Primary Teacher of History & Business and is a Public Representative elected in 2009 & 2014. The enthusiasm and dedication he brings to the role of Regional President is evident in the level of vibrancy, activity & progression in the NE & Midlands Region.

 

Regional President NorthWest: CURRENTLY VACANT

Regional President South East: Ben Doyle - appointed April 2017

Ben has been a member of SVP since 2010 beginning her volunteer role with the Visitation Conference in Barntown. She is also a member of the Hospital Visitation in Wexford and served as Wexford Area President for two and a half years.

Ben is also a member of the regional training team in the SouthEast. Ben is married for 35 years and has two children, Paul and Deirdre and three grandchildren. Her motto in life is “Live life to the max”.

Regional President East: Liam Casey - appointed July 2015

Liam joined the Society in the late 70s as a member of St. Marys Conference, Sandyford, Dublin 16. Subsequently he was one of the founder members of The Ascension Conference, Balally, Dublin 16. As a member of The Ascension Conference Liam served as Conference Secretary, Treasurer and President on different occasions over the years.

In 2011 Liam served as Area President of Rathdown Area Council. He became a Board member of the old Dublin Region in 2013.

In 2015 he became Regional President of the East Region covering Wicklow, Kildare and Dublin.

Spiritual Advisor: Fr Eamon Devlin - appointed February 2012

Eamon Devlin is a priest of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) He studied at the University College of Maynooth, Ireland where he obtained an honours BA in English and French and a BD in theology before his ordination in 1987.

He then taught at Castleknock College, Dublin for twelve years before joining the mission team. He was stationed in Dublin and worked extensively with the homeless and other marginalised groups. He served on the Provincial Council for 5 years and became Provincial in 2012.