Learn more about the team behind ‘As Darragh Did’

Andrew Mc Ginley

Andrew is the father of Conor, Darragh and Carla who all left this world together on January 24th 2020.

He is the founder of As Darragh Did and the creator of Conor’s Clips and Snowman for Carla.

Conor had asked for help to set up a YouTube channel and you will find Conor’s Clips there supported by a presence on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Carla wanted a snowman but as it doesn’t snow every year in Ireland, Andrew has set up a colouring competition in her name with Snowman for Carla.

Darragh had asked Andrew to get involved with Rathcoole Boys as a coach for the Under 10’s team he played for. Andrew promised he would and is currently coaching there. Upon reflection Andrew thought about how Darragh was involved in so much locally. Darragh, at one time or another, was involved in Rathcoole Boys, St Marys GAA in Saggart, Commercials Hurling, The Scouts, Rathcoole Athletics Club, The Drama Club and many, many more. Darragh got involved and in memory of that, Andrew would like to encourage more people to get involved locally ….. as Darragh did.

Message from Andrew

“I cannot do this without you all and I need your help. These projects will help keep the memories of Conor, Darragh and Carla alive and give them a life that they did not have.Thank you all so much for your support”

As Darragh Did Trustees

Tom Clayton

Tom Clayton was appointed to the Board of As Darragh Did in March 2021.

Tom has vast experience in corporate governance as Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary and member of the Board of Dennison Trailers Group, a leading privately owned Irish OEM operating in Ireland as well as export markets in the UK and Europe. Dennison were awarded  ‘Best Managed Company Status’ in 2018.

Prior to joining Dennison, Tom was group Financial Controller with Kleerex Group, a high-growth display systems manufacturer. He also served in Public Sector roles as Chief Financial Officer on the Executive Committee of Forfás.

Tom is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants.

Colm Coughlan

Colm Coughan was appointed to the Board of As Darragh Did in March 2021.

Colm is an experienced Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer that has worked in several business from start-ups to plc’s.

His sectoral experience includes: food and hospitality, telecommunications, environmental services, media and construction. Colm is a currently a Finance Director for a privately owned group within the Auto sector.

Colm is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, an Associate of the Irish Tax Institute and an MBA graduate of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Dr Michelle Maher

Dr Michelle Maher was appointed to the Board of As Darragh Did in March 2021.

Dr Michelle Maher is the Programme Manager for See Her Elected (SHE). The SHE programme is a community led initiative to support women in rural constituencies into politics.

Michelle is employed by Longford Women’s Link; an NGO and social enterprise based in Longford Town. She holds a PhD from the Department of Sociology at Maynooth University for her thesis on the Irish Pension System.

Prior to joining See Her Elected in January 2020, Michelle held a postdoctoral research position in the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute and lectured on the University’s undergraduate politics degree course.

Michelle’s background is in financial services, and she was a Consultant in Mercer Ireland’s employee benefits division until 2004, as well as a trustee of the Mercer Ireland Pension Fund.

Emma Murphy

Emma Murphy was appointed to the Board of As Darragh Did in March 2021.

Emma Murphy is a dual Masters graduate in International Development and Management from UCD and the University of Limerick with over a decade of practical experience in International project management, business development and non-profit sector programme operations. She has a successful record of implementation of social justice and civic entrepreneurship projects in Ireland and sub-Saharan Africa through her work across the non-profit sector.

Emma has a diverse curriculum vitae with a broad range of experience in the areas of policy, advocacy, fundraising and non-profit management due to her previous roles with Amawele International, Limerick 2018 Gay Games Bid and the Down Syndrome Centre.

In her current role Emma is the Communications Director for Barry Andrews MEP in the European Parliament. She, herself, was elected in 2016 to South Dublin County Council where she represents the Firhouse-Bohernabreena Local Electoral Area.

Sally Anne Sherry

Sally Anne Sherry was appointed to the Board of As Darragh Did in March 2021.

Sally Anne is General Counsel of Bartra, a Dublin headquartered real estate investment and development group focussed on the delivery and operation of real estate solutions in Ireland, and internationally, including social and affordable housing, commercial real estate, residential homes, nursing homes, shared living, tourism and renewable energy.

While Sally Anne’s main areas of expertise are in real estate, contract law and corporate governance, she also acts as an executive and non-executive director on a range of companies and charities.

A first-class honours graduate in Law from the National University of Ireland, Sally Anne is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland and is currently enrolled in its Chartered Director Programme.  She acts as an External Examiner for the Law Society of Ireland and was named “Rising Star: In-House Counsel” at the Euromoney LMG Europe Rising Star Awards in London in 2019.