Board Members

Ita Mangan (Chair)

Ita Mangan is a Barrister who is currently involved in public inquiries.  She has worked extensively in welfare rights and is now the Chair of the Citizen’s Information Board.   She is a member of the Board of the Irish Hospice Foundation. 

Ita is Chair of the Board of Age & Opportunity and is a member of our Finance, Governance, HR, Quality and Safety Committee and a member of our Audit Committee.

Ita joined the Board in 2011.


Sarah Bowman

Sarah Bowman is Director of Strategic Engagement for the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability, and Director of the Health Research Board-Irish Research Council IGNITE Programme at Trinity College Dublin, which advances public, patient involvement in health research.

Sarah has eighteen years of experience as a public engagement specialist, developing tools and resources for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, AARP, Federal Highway Administration, Quebec Ministry of Health, Abu Dhabi Municipality, Honolulu Department of Transportation Services, National Association of Realtors, Blue Zones, UCC, Campus Engage, European Institute of Technology, FutureLearn, Science Foundation Ireland and others. 

Sarah serves as an advisor for Access Earth and Trinity College’s Engagement Advisory Committee.  She has a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame.

Sarah is a member of Age & Opportunity’s Engage Programme Advisory Group and our Policy, Research and Evaluation Advisory Group.

Sarah joined the Board in 2016.


Mairéad Egan

Mairéad Egan started her teaching career in Kenya where she worked for two years. Subsequently she worked as a secondary teacher at St Paul’s, Greenhills.  She has been working as an External Authenticator with Solas and QQI since 2003.

Mairead is Chair of our Engage Programme Advisory Group.

Mairead joined the Board in 2016.


Claire Kelly

Claire is a fellow of the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants, training with EY. Since qualifying in 1999, Claire has held a number of finance roles in the Financial Services industry. Claire is currently working in Irish Life Group as Head of the HR Service Centre.

She is a graduate of Dublin City University.

Claire joined the Board in 2018, and she is also a member of our Finance, Governance, HR, Quality and Safety Committee.


Mary Kelly

Mary was formerly a registered nurse and midwife, and was Nursing and Human Resource Co-ordinator, Deputy Director and Director of Nursing at Beaumont Hospital.

She has a Diploma in Management and Human Resource Management from the Institute of Public Administration.

Mary served as a Board member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board (An Bord Altranais) Ireland from 1998 to 2002. She also served as a Board member of the Scoil San Carlos, Confey, Leixlip from 2012 to 2015. She was also a Board member of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, from 2011 to 2017.

She is currently on the Board of the Friends of St Brigid’s Hospice and Homecare Service, Curragh, Co. Kildare.

Mary is Age & Opportunity’s Company Secretary and Chair of our Finance, Governance, HR, Quality and Safety Committee.

May joined the Board in 2010.


Tony McCarthy

Tony Mc Carthy, A.I.I.P.A., Dip. in Adm., Dip. in Legal Studies is a retired Revenue official.

Tony is an active PAL (Physical Activity Leader) with Age & Opportunity’s Sport Programme, and is also an Age & Opportunity Fitline mentor. He previously held officer positions with B.L.E. (now Athletics Ireland) and Active Retirement Ireland.

He is a member of the Secretariat of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown P.P.N and he represents the P.P.N. on the Joint Policing Committee. 

Tony is a member of Age & Opportunity’s Audit Committee and a member of our Go for Life Advisory Group.

Tony joined the Board in 2016.


Catherine Marshall

Catherine Marshall is a curator and art historian. She was the founding head of collections at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (1995-2007) and has curated exhibitions of modern and contemporary Irish and Outsider art throughout Ireland, the USA and China and was guest curator for the Mayo Collaborative’s 1916 commemorative exhibition in 2016.

She has lectured in the History of Art at Trinity College, Dublin, The National College of Art and Design, and University College Dublin and acted as adviser to the Arts Council’s Touring Experiment 2007-9.

She co-edited The Art and Architecture of Ireland, Volume V, Twentieth Century, Royal Irish Academy and Yale University Press, 2014. Other publications to which she has contributed include; Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks, RIA, 2016 (co-editor with Eibhear Walsh  and Fintan O’Toole), Irish Women Artists 1800 -2009, Familiar but Unknown (ed. Eimear O’Connor), Dublin 2010,  Making 1918, Material and Visual Culture of the Easter Rising, eds Lisa Godson and Joanna Bruck, Liverpool, 2015. She was commissioned by the Irish Great Hunger Museum to script a video introduction to the Irish famine and its representation in art and popular culture, University of Quinnipiac, Connecticut, 2015.

She sits on the board of the Irish American Cultural Institute, Common Ground, The Liz Roche Dance Company, the arts advisory committees of the University of Limerick and Maynooth, The South Tipperary Arts Centre, and the management committee of Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent.

Catherine is Chair of the Age & Opportunity Arts Programme Advisory Group.

Catherine joined the Board in 2013.


Paul Murray

Paul Murray, after two years in the Irish Press joined The Irish Times where over 32 years he served in a number of positions including correspondent on Social Services, Transport, and in the High Court. He later became a Deputy News Editor.

In 2002 he joined Age Action Ireland as Head of Communications before a brief period in corporate PR .He then worked in the Irish Hospice Foundation as a Development Coordinator with the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme and with the Forum on End of Life in Ireland.

He is a board member of Stewart’s Care.

He has been a representative of the public interest on An Bord Altranais Ethics Committee. 

Paul has a Degree in Arts from University College Dublin and a Diploma in Theology from Kimmage Manor.

Paul joined the Board in 2016.


Helen O’Donoghue

Helen O’ Donoghue, is Senior Curator, Head of Engagement & Learning Programmes, Irish Museum of Modern Art, since 1991 where she has developed the programme from the inception of the Museum. She and her team have devised initiatives for both formal and informal learning for all ages engaging with all aspects of the museum. The programme has supported access for older people to contemporary art and artists through creating innovative and inclusive opportunities for meaningful engagement since 1991. O’Donoghue has presented papers and published widely for Museum conferences. Including most recently Art, Artists and the Public: in Art Education and Contemporary Culture, editor Gary Granville, Intellect 2012; Education in the Visual Arts and Participatory Arts, and Art and Architecture of Ireland/Volume V, RIA/Yale, 2014 and an article in collaboration with artist Marie Brett No it’s not me… that’s not me… on mediating E.gress for the Engage Journal 2017

Helen is a member of the Age & Opportunity Arts Programme Advisory Group.

Helen joined the Board in 2010.

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