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WHO
WE ARE

We are a group of wildlife conservationists wanting to make a difference in Ireland 

Meet The Barn Owl Project Team

The founder of the project  

John Carrig is a published wildlife photographer and has been involved in wildlife conservation and rescue for many years. John now holds the position of director of the Barn Owl project.

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John Carrig

           The founder of the project  

John Carrig is a published wildlife photographer and has been involved in wildlife conservation and rescue for many years. John now holds the position of director of the Barn Owl project. 

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Susan Kerwin

Wildlife care expert

Susan Kerwin is an expert in wildlife rehabilitation with a long history of working with birds of prey. Susan set up and runs Bat rehabilitation Ireland in Co limerick. She helps the Barn Owl Project with all the injured wildlife that comes through the project

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Danny Dorrhy

         Soft Release manager

 Dan Doorhy who has been involved in helping Barn Owls make a comeback in the west of Ireland he is also conservation officer on our 600 acre soft release site . 

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Bev Truss

                 Wildlife care expert

Bev Truss is an expert in wildlife rehabilitation

A qualified Vet Nurse with over 30 years experience with wildlife. Bev also set up and runs The Hogsprickle in Co Clare which is a dedicated facility to help injured hedgehogs in Ireland. She helps the Barn Owl Project with all the injured wildlife that comes through the project

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Martin O Malley

                 Wildlife care expert

Martin O Malley is a Veterinary Surgeon and is a partner in Ark veterinary practice Co Galway.

Martin helps with any Wildlife that comes through the Portect . Ark vets are also a Sponsor to The Barn Owl Project 

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                       Honorary Chairperson

Clare Burke  got her degree in TCD in the 1940s before moving to Vienna to work with the UN where she spent her whole working career before retiring and moving back to Ireland. Clare has work hard to protect wildlife on her family's Estate and has been instrumental in pushing the Barn Owl project forward this includes the set up and modernisation of our soft release sites.

 Claire Besnyoe

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                     Project advisor
Dermott Crombie is advisor to the project he is a lover of all wildlife and a bee keeper in his free time. Dermott has many skills including vast experience gained in his time as 

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at IngersollRand

  • Operational Excellence Six Sigma

  • Leadership

  • Sustaining Engineering

  • Strategic Initiatives

  • Engineering

  • Quality Assurance

  • Sales

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Padraig Mac Concharraige

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Eirn

Bran Owl Ambassador 

Eirn is our Barn Owl Ambassador and is a valued part of our team. Eirn is used to let people see the beauty of what we are trying to protect. Eirn is Captive bred Barn Owl who came into our care and can never be released  

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Jack Canning

Ambassador 

Jack Canning has been helping out on the project for a few years now. A farmer in Portumna co Galway he has a passion for wildlife and in particular the Barn Owl since seeing one on his farm. Jack also plays Hurling with Portumna and inter-county with Galway and comes from one of Ireland's most successful hurling family's 

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Jack Lawless

             Youth Ambassador 

Jack Lawless 11 is an ambassador to the Barn Owl Project and has helped the project to identify nest sites in east Galway. Sadly Jack past away in late 2021 after a short illness but he will alway be an ambassador for the Barn Owl Project. We talk about him regularly and he has left his mark on us all      

 

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 Isabella Dagg

                Youth Ambassador 

Isabella Dagg is a young girl with an amazing love for wildlife. Isabella had Barn Owl visiting her family farm where she keep a close eye on them for the Barn Owl Project.

 

                 The BARN Owl Project Officer 
Padraig Holds the position of The Barn Owl Project Officer with responsibility of community engagement. Padraig has been involved in wildlife rescue for a number of years in both home and abroad. As former sniper in the armed force Padraig spend time in many foreign countries.This has build a strong understanding of the challenges being faced by both Humans and wildlife throughout the world. He is also a qualified paramedic and PT     

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