CHAMBER COUNCIL MEMBERS & SECTOR REPRESENTATIVES
Company Director: Dan Kickham
Dan is the CEO of Datapac, one of Ireland’s largest and most successful ICT solutions and services providers. Established in 1982, the company have been at the forefront of technology innovation in Ireland for the past three decades. Dan works closely with the leading global technology companies such as Cisco, Citrix, EMC, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Sophos and VMware. The collaborative partnerships ensure that Datapac are always fully up-to-date with the latest technology developments and can provide our customers with bespoke solutions which meet their unique business requirements. The company holds advanced levels of accreditation with each of their partners, their customers benefit from deep knowledge and experience.
Company Director: PJ Darcy
P.J Darcy is a Director of Enniscorthy and District Chamber of Commerce. He is the retired CEO of Wexford Farmers Co-op having been employed there in various roles over a 42-year period. A qualified Management Accountant he was the founder Chairman in 2007 of New Ross based Green Biofuels Ltd. He is Chairman of County Wexford Community Workshop Ltd and Kilcannon Industries Ltd. He completed a three-year term as President of the Chamber back at the turn of the century and with a small committee oversaw the construction and sale of an advance factory on the Old Dublin Road. He has been on the Board of Management of his old alma mater Enniscorthy CBS for the past 6 years and is Treasurer of his local Ballyhogue School and Church, Celtic Roots and Co. Wexford Friends of Bothar. Coaching and adjudicating public speaking and debating are amongst his interests having himself been a national finalist and winner with Bree Macra in the 1970’s.
Company Secretary: Eugene Doyle
Eugene Doyle is the Chamber’s Company Secretary. As a Chartered Accountant and Qualified Financial Advisor of Eugene T Doyle & Co Ltd, he is the firms founding partner having established the business in October 1987. He studied in Carlow Regional Technical College in 1977 and holds a Certificate in Business Studies. Eugene is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants having qualified in 1983. Prior to the setting up of his own business Eugene trained and worked for Sheil Kinnear & Co. Chartered Accountants and IFAC Accountants and has over 30 years’ practice experience.
Chamber President: John Burke-O’Leary
John is the current President of the Chamber of Commerce for Enniscorthy and its District. John is a Solicitor and partner of Frizelle–O’Leary Solicitors in Enniscorthy with over 30 years of experience in serving the people of the town and county. John qualified at UCD, receiving his Bachelor of Civil Law in 1980 and as a Solicitor in 1983. He has expanded the practice founded by Henry J. Frizelle to a partnership with specialist departments to litigation, conveyancing and probate. John has a wide experience in dealing with Personal injuries, Litigation, Wills and Administration of Estates, and vindicating citizens’ rights.
Chamber Vice-President: Maree Lyng
Maree is the current Vice-President of the Chamber and Branch Manager for AIB Bank in Enniscorthy. With over 30 years’ background working in the financial services industry in Ireland, she has gained experience in all areas of Retail Branch Banking including SME & Agri financing, Mortgages, Personal finance and Wealth. Maree is a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) and has previously acted as a Commercial Lending Manger with AIB. She has a qualification from WIT in Computer Programming.
Past President & M11 ByPass Action: Colm Neville
Colm is the owner and operator of the Riverside Park Hotel in Enniscorthy, the newly opened Crown Bar in Wexford town, and is the Chairperson for the Visit Wexford tourism group.
Secretary: Margot Banville-Hogan
Margot joined Enniscorthy & District Chamber as Secretary initially in September 2004 to September 2006 resigning to work and live in Calgary, Canada. In September 2008 on her return from Canada Margot was elected back into the post of Chamber Secretary and has continued in this post since. Margot is Secretary to the Chamber Executive and Chamber Council of Enniscorthy & District Chamber together with being responsible for the issue/notarisation of both EU and Arab Irish Certificates of Origin. Margot has strong community links, her full time employment is as a Community Employment Supervisor with St. John’s Enniscorthy Community Co. Ltd., Margot was one of the founder members of Enniscorthy Medieval, Heritage & Cultural Festival and Enniscorthy Cultural Street Festival. She is a native of Ferns and has been a resident of Enniscorthy for almost 35 years.
Treasurer: Connie Doyle
Connie Doyle LIB QFA, has many years’ experience with the Financial Services Industry and is an Affiliated Member of Accountant Technicians Ireland. She also holds a Professional Certificate in General Insurance and is currently studying a Bachelor of Business (Honours) Degree with the Institute of Technology Carlow, Wexford Campus. She is an avid golfer and also enjoys being taken for a walk by her dog, Bow.
M11 By-pass Action: Michael Bennett
Michael is Managing Director of Bennett Tarmacadam and an active director of Niall Barry & Co, Coolderry Plant, Dromalane Properties and Cleanfill. He has over 40 years of experience in sales, marketing and contracts management in the construction and engineering sectors. As a pioneer of Passive Home development in Ireland, he has raised the profile of Michael Bennett & Sons in adapting Sustainable Energy technologies to the Irish marketplace and sourcing previously imported building materials from local suppliers.
Agriculture & Food: Sean Hennessy
Sean qualified as a Certified Public Accountant and Registered Auditor in October 2002. Upon receiving his practicing certificates in January 2005 he opened his own practice; Hennessy & Co. here in Enniscorthy.
Sean’s areas of expertise include tax planning and strategy, auditing and business financing advice across many sectors including agriculture, retail, construction and medical.
In Sean’s spare time he has a strong passion for farming and he is an avid follower of the GAA and Leinster Rugby.
Science & Technology: Noeleen Redmond
Noeleen Redmond, solicitor practises in County Wexford. A graduate of University College Cork, she qualified in 1986. In 1989, she established Redmond & Company Solicitors (now Redmond’s). With wide ranging expertise, Noeleen heads up the Commercial & Business unit in the firm and also the specialist area of Family Law. Her extensive knowledge and in-depth expertise and qualifications have resulted in the development of a strong, respected and trustworthy legal practice. Noeleen served for many years on the Law Society’s Business Law Committee and is a former President and Honorary Secretary of the Co. Wexford Solicitors Association. She is a qualified Mediator in Family Law and has completed further studies in civil and commercial mediation. Noeleen is an active contributor and participant in the community, serving on the boards of a number of community and charitable organisations.
Enterprise: John O’Connor
John is the Centre Manager of Enniscorthy Enterprise & Technology Centre. The Centre provides incubation space for innovative start-up businesses and provides third level business/management training for businesses in the South East of Ireland. He has 20 years’ experience in the Wholesale sector and has utilised this during his work in Uganda as a Business Development Advisor for Makerere University Business School. His current position is a blend of Business Development and Education Management and has expertise in designing and managing projects.
Tourism: Jean O’Connell
Jean is the head of O Connell Marketing, Sales & Communications offers a straight talking results based approach for integrated Digital, PR, Sales and Marketing solutions for large and small businesses. Jean offers expert knowledge and proven track record in Tourism developments, Festivals, Hospitality and Events. She prides herself and her business on delivering direct quantifiable revenue through creative marketing and PR campaigns, energetic sales approach and in depth industry knowledge and contacts.
Festivals: Richie Cotter
Richie is a native of Kilkenny and is heavily involved in all aspects of Festival life of Enniscorthy and surrounding areas. He was educated in Rockwell College and St.Patrick’s Drumcondra. Richie is a retired principal after a 40 year teaching career in Dublin. He is very appreciative of the genuine welcome received after moving to the Enniscorthy/Ferns area in 2011. He is now enjoying both family and festival life alongside the many new friends he has made.
Eric is the owner and manager of Eric Barron menswear in Enniscorthy, established in the town since 1974. He has been trading successfully in menswear clothes for over four decades and prides his business on delivering the best quality and service. He has served his time in drapery and menswear for many years prior to the establishment of his Enniscorthy business. Eric received his education from the CBS in Wexford town.
Murry McDonald is CEO of Wexford Echo Newspaper Group and the Waterford News and Star, both part of Landmark Media Investments. Murry is an Enniscorthy native and a past pupil of FCJ Bunclody and CBS primary school Enniscorthy. He trained as an accountant in Dublin in the early 1980s and was appointed company accountant with Weatherglaze Anglian, Gorey in 1984. He joined the Wexford Echo Group as Financial Controller in 1987 and was part of the team that won the licence for and successfully established South East Radio. He is married to Anne Maria, has three grown up children and lives in Enniscorthy.