Ms Pauline Ryan

Pauline Ryan is Chairman of the Board of Trustees, IARC, and is also Director of The America Ireland Fund. A graduate of the University of Limerick (MA History of Family), she lives in California. She is, together with her husband, John Ryan, heavily involved in philanthropic endeavours in Ireland and America.


Mr David Cronin

David Cronin is Chief Executive Officer of the University of Limerick Foundation. As the Foundation has raised in excess of $200m in philanthropic funding, his work involves close partnership with both the American Ireland Funds & Atlantic Philanthropies.

Prior to joining one of Ireland’s leading Foundations, David was Chief Operating Officer and shareholder of QUMAS, Irish Software Company of the Year in 2006. David has also been involved in the funding of a number of early-stage companies, remains a non-executive director of the Wild Geese Group and is on the Advisory Board of the Bank of Ireland Seed & Early-Stage Equity Fund. He has previously served as a Government appointee to the Management Development Council for the development of world-class management skills within Irish SMEs, and as a member of the Irish Software Association Executive Council. David is a member of the Irish American Business Association Advisory Group, the Irish Special Olympics Leadership Council and the Cultural Odyssey Advisory Group.

He is a graduate of the MSc in International Business from Trinity College Dublin, holds both an undergraduate degree and post-graduate in Economics, is an Alumni of the Global Business Program, IMD International (Switzerland) and Business Development courses at Babson College, Boston.David is a member of the Irish American Business Association Advisory Group, the Irish Special Olympics Leadership Council and the Cultural Odyssey Advisory Group.

Ms Catriona Crowe

Ms Crowe is Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland. She is Manager of the Irish Census Online Project, which has placed the 1901 and 1911 censuses online free of charge over the last 4 years. She is an Editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, which published its seventh volume, covering the period 1941-45, in November 2010. She is Vice-President of the Irish Labour History Society, and a former President of the Women’s History Association.  She is Chairperson of the Irish Theatre Institute, which promotes and supports Irish theatre and has created an award-winning website of Irish theatre productions. She is Chairperson of the SAOL Project, a rehabilitation initiative for women with addiction problems, based in the North Inner City, and also Chairperson of the Inner City Renewal Group, which delivers employment and welfare rights advice and support to the community in the North Inner City. She contributes regularly to the broadcast and print media on cultural and historical matters.

Dr Vincent Cunnane

Dr Vincent Cunnane is currently the President of the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), in Ireland. He was Chief Executive of Shannon Development from 2008-2013. He was formerly Vice President Research (VPR) at the University of Limerick and Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry. He held the position of VPR for six years, where he had responsibilities for research strategy, income generation and outputs, postgraduate education, technology transfer and campus company development. He is credited with overseeing the very significant developments in the research success of UL during this period. Dr Cunnane was a founding member of the Irish Research Scientists Association and served on the first National Research Support Fund Board (1995-1998).

Máire Mac Conghail

Máire Mac Conghail, member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI); member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission.

Mr John Ryan

John Ryan was founder and Chairman of Macrovision, now Rovi Corporation, in California until his retirement in 2008. Born in Tipperary, John has a keen interest in many philanthropic ventures throughout Ireland.

Mr Kieran McSweeney

Mr Kieran McSweeney is a CEO/Managing Director/Board Director with extensive experience within US multinational and startup companies including Avocent International, Cybex International, Intel and Wang Laboratories. Kieran is currently running his own consultancy business in strategy and business development.

Kieran is a computer science graduate of Trinity College Dublin and has successfully completed University of Alabama and University of Limerick Executive Leadership programmes.

Mr Tim O’Connor.

Mr Tim O’Connor runs his own business providing advice and support to Irish and International companies and organisations. His focus is on the interaction between Ireland and the US, (in partciular), and between the public and private sectors in Ireland.

Tim spent 37 years in the Irish Public Service with almost 30 years in the Irish Diplomatic Service in the Department of Foreign Affairs. A large portion of his diplomatic carreer was spent working on the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Tim was Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Gathering 2013, and was vice-Chair of the Limerick National City of Culture 2014.


Dr Ciara Breathnach  -Founding Director of IARC

Dr Breathnach holds a Lectureship at the Department of History, University of Limerick, where she is also Course Director for the MA (History of Family) since 2005. Breathnach is President of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland, and is Principal Investigator of a current IRCHSS award. Her publications include The Congested Districts Board of Ireland, 1891-1923, Poverty and Development in the West of Ireland (Four Courts Press, Dublin and Portland, 2005); Ciara Breathnach and Catherine Lawless (eds), Visual, material and print culture in nineteenth-century Ireland (Four Courts Press, Dublin and Portland, 2010); Ciara Breathnach (guest editor), Ireland: Church, State and society 1900-1975, The History of the Family: International Quarterly, Volume 13, Issue 4, 2008. Ciara Breathnach (ed.), Framing the West: images of rural Ireland 1890-1920 (Irish Academic Press, Dublin and Portland, 2007). Ciara Breathnach and Aoife Bhreatnach (eds.), Portraying Irish Travellers: histories and representations (Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle Upon Tyne, February 2007).