Liam Keane, Chairperson

Liam Keane is a retired public servant who worked with local authorities and the Health Service Executive. He is a founder member and Chairperson of the Kilkenny Voluntary Housing Association, which is now known as Tar Isteach Housing.

Tony Walsh, Secretary

A retired Director of Services with Kilkenny County Council, Tony Walsh has vast experience of local Government. He founded Kilkenny Free Range with his wife, Mary, which is an authentic and locally run goose farm.

Donna Byrne
 Donna Byrne is the Assistant Centre Manager at MacDonagh Junction
Shopping Centre. A Kilkenny native, her role has provided insight into
the diverse community segments of Kilkenny City and County while
providing a platform to support local charities and community

Ian Coulter

Ian Coulter is the Church of Ireland Priest-in-Charge at Templemore Union of Parishes. As chairperson of the Good Shepherd Centre Kilkenny, he has a track record of helping the people of Kilkenny and beyond. He is a retired eLearning Executive at the Citizens Information Board.

Monsignor Kieron Kennedy

Monsignor Kieron Kennedy, Episcopal Vicar for Family and Social Affairs for the Diocese of Ossory and Director of Kilkenny Social Services. He is also Parish Priest of the Parish of Freshford. Dublin born, he studied for the priesthood in Rome, where he was director of the Irish Holy Year Office after ordination in 1974. Since then he has missioned in  St. Canice's Parish, Kilkenny(1976-1978), London in Housing Aid and Homelessness (1978-1983), St.Kieran’s College , Kilkenny as Administrator/Bursar (1989-2004) , College President (2004-2012) and the Administrator in St. Mary's Cathedral (2012-2018) with the late Bishop Seamus Freeman.

Billy Mernagh

Billy Mernagh brings over 42 years of experience in civil engineering and project management to the board of Tar Isteach Housing.
A retired Senior Engineer with Kilkenny County Council, Billy worked in most departments of the local authorities with the final ten years spent in water services. He is a Wexford native who settled in Kilkenny city with his wife, Noreen.
Billy is motivated by social justice issues and enjoys sharing his engineering expertise to benefit the lives of others.

Our Team

Noel Sherry
Bridget Keating
Finance Manager
Ciara Quinn 
Head of Services
JJ Nolan
Corporate Services

Management Team