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Catholic Comment Team

Tracy Harkin

Tracy holds a BSSC from QUB and previously worked in the field of Community Development in Belfast. She takes a keen interest in youth work and evangelisation and facilitated programmes on relationships and life issues in schools for a number of years. Currently studying catechesis with The Maryvale Institute she now resides in Co Cavan. Together with her husband Tom she is Co- founder of Lighthouse Catholic Media Ireland and Mum to seven children from tots to teens. Her daughter Kathleen was born with Trisomy 13 but is now an amazing 7 year old!  Tracy Campaigns for improved awareness and support for parents with babies with life limiting conditions.


Anne Murray

Anne grew up in Cork city and moved to Youghal when she married Paul and they now have three adult daughters. She currently works in the public service having worked in the past in the health sector, the building industry, community work, tourism and fulltime in the home. Anne’s first radio interview was as a child speaking on her interest in wild flowers.  Her interests include travel, gardening, charity work and spending time with family and friends, especially on Bere Island.  Anne enjoys life outside the city and loves living by the sea.   


Gerald O' Donoghue

Gerald is married to Maura and have 2 toddlers under age of two (at the moment!). A "Yellow Bellie" who has returned to live in Wexford. He graduated as a mechanical engineer from Trinity College in 1999 and has worked in the energy sector since graduation with various companies and for periods was self employed.  Gerald enjoys hurling, reading and cultivating strawberries and potatoes in the tropical Wexford climate!!


Catriona Curran

Catriona, originally from Galway, is married to Sean and they have two children.  Catriona works part time as a Parish Pastoral Worker in Dublin. She is a qualified Chaplain and has previously worked as a Manangement Consultant with Deloitte and as a Secondary School Teacher.


David Conroy

Originally from Naas, Co Kildare, David graduated from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where he studied Acting. He subsequently left Ireland to work in Canada before returning home again (he missed the spuds). In his spare time, David enjoys doing all sorts of cool stuff with his young daughter and wife (like putting up shelves and DIY). David’s hobbies include playing the piano, singing opera and making movies of his international chronicles. 


Eileen King

Eileen is a qualified solicitor, originally from County Sligo by way of New York. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Limerick in 2003. After graduation she spent some time in her native New York working in the finance sector before returning to Ireland to complete her legal studies. Eileen has recently revived her love of drama by producing and directing an outdoor play at a heritage site on the outskirts of Sligo town. 


Frank Hurl

Frank is married to Eleanor and they have three adult children. Originally from Newry, Co Down, Frank now lives in Dublin where he is a teacher in Blackrock College. He also works with graduate students of education in the areas of Religion and Catechetics. He holds degrees in Philosophy and Theology as well as a PhD in Education.


Gerard McLaughlin

Gerard, a retired primary school principal, is married to Anne-Marie, who is also a primary school teacher in a school in Amagh City, where they both live with their five children, ranging in age from 12 to 21 years. Originally from Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Gerard now works part-time as an adviser to the boards of management of schools in both the primary and post primary sectors. Gerard is a lay Minister of the Word, and assists in the process set up in the Archdiocese for the Safeguarding Of Children and Vulnerable Adults.


Jacki Ascough

Originally from Texas, Jacki lives in South County Dublin with her husband, Tom, and their six children.  She presents a talk show called Saturday Magazine on Spirit Radio and is a columnist for the Alive! newspaper.  Jacki is a certified FertilityCare Practitioner working in NaPro Technology.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/Film from the University of North Texas.  


Joseph Quinn

Joseph is from Longford town and now lives in Dublin. He studied for his BA degree and Masters at NUI Galway and is currently researching for a PhD in Modern Irish History at Trinity College Dublin.


Siobhain Bradley

Siobhain, originally from Ballinasloe, Co Galway, is the youngest of her four siblings. She is now settled in Claregalway and working as part of the Youth Ministry team at Ballintubber Abbey, Co Mayo. Having studied at St. Patrick's Pontifical University, Maynooth for five years and achieving a Master’s Degree in Theology specialising in Pastoral Studies, Siobhain spent four years employed as the youth ministry coordinator for the Galway Diocese.  Siobhain is involved in a number of voluntary projects in Galway, including being a call facilitator with Childline once a week. 


Karl Melady

Karl is from Wicklow and living in Dublin. He is a graduate of Trinity College, currently working in Finance and he also regularly contributes to programmes on Spirit Radio.


Gavin Dixon

Gavin is from Sligo where he lives with his wife Olivia. He works as a panel beater and has also trained as a psychotherapist.


Kathleen Pacious

Kathleen Pacious is originally from McLean, Virginia, USA. She completed a Masters in Comparative Literature at Trinity College Dublin and is now researching for a PhD in English at NUI Galway. 


Kevin Leavy

Kevin Leavy is a primary school principal from Co Roscommon. He is actively involved in parish choirs and is particularly interested in music.


Tony Curran

Tony Curran, from Firhouse in Dublin, is married to Marie and has three children and three grandchildren. He works in the construction industry, and is a keen musician, a songwriter and a student of Theology at the Priory Institute, Tallaght.


Pauline O' Dowd

Pauline worked for over 20 years in Financial Services.  She took a voluntary redundancy in 2009 to train as a Healthcare Chaplain.  Originally from Co. Meath, she is now living in Dublin and works as a Chaplain in a Dublin Hospital.  She holds an MA in Leadership and Pastoral Care and she enjoys cycling, hill walking and spending time with her 21 nieces and nephews.


Peter Sands

Peter Sands is a History and Geography teacher from County Armagh. Peter volunteers with a number of different Youth Ministry projects and is a Youth Ministry leader for Ulster. A sports enthusiast, Peter also enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, playing and listening to music and is a weekend warrior with a surfboard. 


Paul Bourke

Paul is originally from Dublin and now lives in Co. Meath with his wife and their two young children. He is a lecturer of Computer Science and Information Technology Law in Dublin. He has worked abroad in England, USA and Australia at various times in his career and enjoys walking, cycling, fishing and exploring historical and archaeological sites.


Paddy Scully

Paddy lives in Kanturk, County Cork and is married with four adult children. Paddy is an engineer and also holds an MBA.


Maura Garrihy

Maura Garrihy is originally from Ennistymon, Co Clare. She studied Theology and Business Studies in St Patricks College, Maynooth and graduated in 2012.  She has been actively engaged in ministry since her mid teens and is extremely passionate about youth evangelisation in the Irish Church.  Since graduating in 2012 she has continued to be heavily involved in ministry, including leading a national secondary school retreat team, speaking at Conferences and working in the area of evangelisation and mission.  Maura currently works for the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora as Youth Ministry Director and is based in Galway city.


Robbie Butler

Robbie graduated from NUI Galway with a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Science before completing a Medical Degree in UCD. While enjoying the student life in Galway he made a decision to become a Catholic. He's currently working as a Doctor in Dublin and enjoys a ramble in the Wicklow mountains when time allows.


Jim Carr

Jim was part of the first ever group of Catholic Voices speakers who trained in London before the 2010 visit of Pope Benedict to the United Kingdom.  On returning to his native Ireland, Jim joined the Catholic Comment Speakers Panel and is also part of the Catholic Comment Executive Team.  Jim is a pharmacist and is currently living and working in Galway.


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