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Long Serving Officers

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Front row left to right: Dr Catherine Adley, Mr Matthew Dempsey, President, and Ms Kyra Donnelly
Back row left to right: Mr David Murnaghan


Throughout its 280 year history, the Society has been extremely fortunate in attracting volunteers to help it pursue its foundation aims of advancing Agriculture, Sciences, Arts and Industry in order to improve the welfare of the country.

The 3 people we honoured in 2015 were Dr Catherine Adley, Kyra Donnelly and David Murnaghan. Without the dedication and selflessness of such people, the Society could not carry out the work of its founders. The Society is indeed lucky to have Members of such high calibre who have been willing to give their time to furthering our Foundation aims.


Long Serving Voluntary Officers of the RDS 2015

Having completed periods in office of at least 12 years, these Voluntary Officers stood down in 2015 but will remain active in the events and life of the Society.

Dr Catherine Adley, BSc, MSc, PhD, CBiol, FIBiol

Dr Catherine Adley joined the RDS in 2003. A former advisor to the EU directorate for Science & Society, her expertise is in microbial contamination. She lectures at the University of Limerick and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

Kyra Donnelly, BA, LLB, Acc.Med., Barrister

Kyra Donnelly joined the RDS in 1975. She was the Steward and Chief Steward at RDS and IPS Shows, a member of the Foundation Board, former Vice-Chair of the Equestrian Committee and Chair of the Horse Show Protest Committee, Kyra was also a former Member of the Board of Management and is an RDS representative on the HSI Sub-Board.

David Murnaghan, MSc, CPhys, FIPEM, MInstP, ALCM

David joined the Society in 1970. A Medical Physicist and Radiation Protection Advisor, he has written about RDS Radium, St Luke’s Hospital and Cancer Therapy. David is a former Science Committee Chairman and Council member. An interest in music, he has worked with Professor Aloys Fleischman.


Long Serving Voluntary Officers of the RDS 2014

Two people we honoured in 2013. They are as follows:

Jim Flanagan

Jim Flanagan joined the RDS in 1999. He is a former Director of Teagasc; former Chief Inspector, Department of Agriculture; Former President, European Association for Animal Production and Assistant Professor, West Virginia State University. He has been Ireland's representative on several EU bodies.

David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson joined the RDS in 1999. He has been involved in countryside event management through his work as Director of the Irish Game & Country Fair and Director of the Irish Forestry, Woodland and Bio Energy Show.  He is a Farm Conservation award winner.

Long Serving Voluntary Officers of the RDS 2013

Eight people we honoured in 2013. They are as follows:

Mrs Ida Delamer

Ida joined the RDS in 1990. She has been a Board member of the National Library, Warden of the Dublin Goldsmith Company and Silver research consultant to the National Museum of Ireland. Ida served on the Committee of Arts and on the General Purposes Section of the Council.

Mr Dermot Forde

Dermot joined the RDS in 1980. He is a Veterinary Surgeon, Horse Breeder and Exporter and Equestrian Journalist. Dermot has seen service as a member of the Agricultural Section of the Council and as an Equestrian Committee member.

Mr Ian Fox

Ian joined the RDS in 1976. He is a regular Broadcaster, a musicologist, a music critic and lecturer. He served on the Section of the Council for the General Purposes of the Society, the Committee of Arts and Board of Management and as Chairman of the RDS Music Sub-Committee.

Professor Fionn Murtagh

Fionn joined the RDS in 1997. He is a former Director of ICT in Science Foundation Ireland. he has been Head of Computer Science at the Royal Holloway, University of London, Chair in Computing in Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster, and Senior Scientist Space Science Department, European Space Agency.

Dr Con O'Rourke

Con joined the RDS in 1982. A Microbiologist, he is a former Research Administrator and Editor at Teagasc from 1964 to 2003. Con served on the Section of the Council for Science and its Industrial Applications, the Committee of Science and Technology of which he was Chairman, and the Board of Management.

Mr Billy Reynolds

Billy joined the RDS in 1956. He was involved with the Committee of Agriculture from 1974 and served on the Agricultural Section of the Council; and Steward at RDS Shows for over 40 years. Billy is a former Chairman of County Dublin Milk Producers.

Mr John Roche

John joined the RDS in 1993. He is a Business Consultant in Relationship Marketing, Communications and People Management. John is a former Chairman of the Committee for Industry and Commerce and a former member of the Section of the Council for Science and its Industrial Applications, the Board of Management and the President's Appeals Committee at the Horse Show.

Ms Anne Marie Stynes

Anne Marie joined the RDS in 1968. During her time as an Officer she has been Chairman of the Committee of Arts, a member of the Section of the Council for the General Purposes of the Society; member of the Board of Management; Honorary Life Membership Selection Committee and Chairman Music Sub-Committee (now the Music Working Group). 

 

Long Serving Voluntary Officers of the RDS 2012

Twelve people were honoured in 2012. They are as follows:

Dr Brídín Brady

A forensic toxicologist by profession, Brídín joined the RDS in 1981. She is a former Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee; served on the Section of the Council for Science and its Industrial Applications and was a member of the Board of Management from 2001 to 2007.

Mr David Cornwall

David joined the RDS in 1956. He has served on the Committee of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the Board of Management and the Agricultural Section of the Council. He was Chairman of the Committee of Agriculture and Rural Affairs from 2003 to 2006 and is a former Chairman of the Livestock Sub-Committee.

Mr Ian P. Counihan

Ian joined the RDS in 1969. He was a former Council member and Board of Management member. He was a member of the By-Laws Committee, and the Speaker Series Committee.

Mr Peter Counihan

Peter joined the RDS in 1973. He has served on the Committee of Agriculture and was its Chairman from 1991 to 1994. He has also been a member of the Council and of the Board of Management. Peter has been a Steward at the Society’s Shows since 1973 and was Chief Steward of the Spring Livestock Show in 2002.

Dr Ian Elliott

Ian joined the RDS in 1974. Before he retired, he held the post of assistant professor at Dunsink Observatory and was a former Secretary and Chairman of the Royal Irish Academy, the National Committee for Astronomy. Within the Society, Ian was a member of the Committee of Science and Technology and also served as its Chairman.

Dr Brendan Finucane

Brendan joined the RDS in 1990. He is a former director of Enterprise Ireland and also worked in various Government Departments. Brendan has served on the Section of the Council for Science and its Industrial Applications and the Board of Management, as well as the Committee of Science and Technology in the past.

Dr Alec Lyons

Alec joined the Society in 1975. During his time as an Officer he has served as Chairman of the General Purposes Committee, Chairman of the Library Sub-Committee, member of the Council and of the Membership Committee of the Council. He has always been very active in developing the Library and in bringing a Northern point of view to the Society.

Dr Charles Mollan

Charles joined the RDS in 1976. For 17 years he was the RDS’s Science and Arts Officer and acted as editor of many of the RDS’s scientific publications. He has been a member of the Committee of Science and Technology and of the Section of the Council for Science and its Industrial Applications.

Dr Christopher Moriarty

Christopher joined the RDS in 1972. He has chaired the National Committee for Biology and the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission and is the author of several books on heritage and ecology and has published papers in international scientific journals.

Mrs Susan Philips

Susan joined the RDS in 1967. Susan has been a member of the Agricultural Section of the Council and of the Committee of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. She is currently an RDS representative on the Board of the National Library.

Mrs Faith Ponsonby

Faith joined the RDS in 1974. She has served with great dedication on the Equestrian Committee, the Agricultural Section of the Council and Sub-Committees and Working Groups. During her time as a Voluntary Officer she has worked towards upholding the aims and objectives of the best equestrianism in Ireland.

Mr Chris Shouldice

Chris joined the RDS in 1990. Chris was Chairman of the Committee of Science and Technology from 1997 – 2000. He has also served on the Section of the Council for Science and its Industrial Applications.

 

Long Serving Voluntary Officers of the RDS 2011

Eight people were honoured in 2011. They are as follows:

Mr Leonard Cave

Leonard joined the RDS in 1975. He has been an Officer of the Society for 21 years, which includes service on the Agricultural Section of the Council and the Equestrian Committee.

Mr W.R. (Reddy) Day

Reddy joined the RDS in 1960. He has been an Officer of the Society for 34 years and during that time has served on the Agricultural Section of the Council, the Committee of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the former Management Committee. He is a former Chairman of the Committee of Agriculture and has acted as a Scrutineer for the Society's Annual Election.

Mrs Bernardine Hurley

Bernardine joined the RDS in 1993. Her 16 years as an Officer of the Society includes service on the Section of the Council for the General Purposes of the Society and the Committee of Arts.

Mrs Nancy Larchet

Nancy joined the RDS in 1956. Her 31 years as an Officer of the Society includes service on Council and the Committee of Arts. She also served on the former Executive Committee, the Honorary Life Membership Selection Committee and was a member of the former Visual Arts Sub-Committee.

Mr George McCullagh

George joined the RDS in 1981. He has been on the Committee of Industry and Commerce and the Membership Affairs Committee. George has also served on the Board of Management and as a President's nominee on the Horse Show Appeals Committee.

Mr Philip O'Connor

Philip joined the RDS in 1964. He has served on the Agriculture and General Purposes Sections of the Council, the Equestrian Committee and the Membership Affairs Committee. Philip has also been a member of the Board of Management.

Mrs Veronica Rowe

Veronica joined the RDS in 1989. She has served on the Section of the Council for the General Purposes of the Society and the Committee of Arts. Veronica is a former Chair of the former Crafts Sub-Committee and was the instigator of the RDS Crafts Travelling Exhibition.

Professor John Turpin

John joined the RDS in 1990. He has served on the Section of the Council for the General Purposes of the Society and the Committee of Arts. He is a former Chairman of the Committee of Arts and of the former Visual Arts Sub-Committee.

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