Council Members


Martin O'Sullivan
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Martin is the interim Acting Chairman of Irish Water Safety. Martin has been involved with water safety since 1970, when he did his lifesaving tests with the Red Cross. Martin has served as Chairman of Cork Water Safety Area Committee at various times since 1973 and is the current Chairman of the IWS National Rescue Commission and the IWS National Technical Committee. Martin is the IWS representative on the Blue Flag jury. He is an Examiner, Swimming Teacher Tutor and Senior Risk Assessment Tutor with International Lifesaving Europe (ILSE). He has been involved internationally since 1990, is a member of the Board of Directors of ILSE and is the Chairman of the Rescue Commission of ILS. He has developed the ILSE Risk Assessment Project on a European wide basis.  

John Considine

profile john considineoJohn Considine has been involved with Water Safety since 1982. He served on the 3rd Council of IWS and was a member of the former Council of IWSA. He has served as Chairman of the Legal Commission and as Vice-Chairman of the Lifeguard Commission. He was the Water Safety Development Officer in County Limerick for 27 years up to his retirement in 2009. He established a lifeguard service on the Shannon Estuary. He is a member of Limerick County WSAC and is its Designated Liaison Person. He holds a degree in law and is currently engaged in further legal studies with a view to entering professional practise. He is a competitive off-shore sailor and power-boat enthusiast.

Michael Cuddihy

profile michael cuddihyoMichael "Buddy" Cuddihy has been a member of the board since 1987. During this time he has served on many national and international committees and is currently the Chairperson of the Lifeguard Commission and Vice Chairman of the Sports Commission of the European region (ILSE). He is also an executive member of the European College of Referees. He has a special interest in promoting sport within international lifesaving and has brought teams to South Africa, Australia, the USA and mainland Europe to compete successfully in international events. He is currently Treasurer of Waterford Water Safety Area Committee.

Tom Doyle

profile tom doyleoFrom Wexford, Chairman of Wexford WSAC and Water Safety Development Officer for Wexford County Council. Tom has been involved in Water Safety since the early seventies having worked in Wexford Swimming pool for over 30 years. He organizes the summer programme for the county each year. At present on the Lifeguard commission. He is also vice chair of the board of Wexford Credit Union and Chair of Chapter 9 which is a grouping of credit unions in south east of Ireland. His leisure interests include electrical design, scuba diving, and cycling.



Paul Murphy

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From Dublin, Paul has been involved in Irish Water Safety for over 35 years. He is involved in IWS as an Instructor, Examiner, Pool & Beach Lifeguard Provider and Swim Teacher Tutor, He is currently the Vice-Chairman and Certificates Secretary of the Dublin Water Safety Area Committee. Paul has also served IWS on different Commissions over the last 15 years and at present is the Secretary of the IWS Lifeguard/Lifesaving Commission.




Christy McDonagh

profile christy mcdonaghoChristy lives in Ballina and is a member of Grainne Uaile Sub Aqua Club in County Mayo. He is an active instructor and examiner in SCUBA diving. He is a member of the Clubs Underwater Search and Recovery Unit which is affiliated to the Irish Underwater Council.





Brendan McGrath

profile brendan mcgrathoBrendan is currently Chairman of the Swimming Commission of IWS and has also chaired a number of other Commissions tasked with other National developments. He began his involvement in life saving with the Red Cross and is an active instructor, examiner and risk assessor. He is also very involved in coaching within the sports of life saving and swimming with much international experience in both areas. He represents IWS on the board of the International Federation of Swimming Teacher Associations (IFSTA) and is a senior Risk Assessment Tutor with ILS(E). Brendan is self employed, working in the field of training and development.




Seamus O'Neill

profile seamus oneilloSeamus O'Neill retired owner/ manager of a dental company. Started lifesaving at the age of 10 and became an Instructor in 1975. Seamus is an Examiner, Lifeguard provider, International beach Referee, Tutor and currently Chairman of Sports Commission and have served on the Education and Swimming Commissions. He is currently Treasurer of Donegal Water Safety Area Committee.



Lola O'Sullivan

profile lola osullivano Lola is from Tramore, County Waterford. She is Chairperson of Irish Water Safety’s Waterford Water Safety Area Committee and is a Councillor with Waterford City and County County Councils.Lola is currently Chairman of the Education Commission. Lola has been involved with Water Safety for over 20 years. She is an active instructor and Pool Lifeguard Course Provider in Waterford and teaches both in the pool environment and the open sea. Lola is very involved in Surf Lifesaving in Waterford and has competed in Surf Lifesaving both nationally and internationally. She currently also holds the position of Sports Officer for Waterford. Lola also served as a crew member with the RNLI in Tramore.

Odran Reid

profile odranOdran is an economist and a planner who has worked in the NGO sector for over 25 years. He is a part time lecturer on the Masters Programme in the School of Spatial Planning in DIT Bolton Street, and in the people College. Odran is the Corporate Strategy Manager for Northside Partnership and is currently the Chairperson of the ICTU Fingal Centre in Finglas, a Director and Company Secretary of Northside Homecare Board in Coolock and a Member of the QQI Appeals Panel. Odran was formerly a member of the Lord Mayor of Dublin’s Anti Social Behaviour Commission and the Garda Síochána Complaints Board. He has been involved with the Aer Lingus Swimming club for over ten years having been Secretary and PRO for the club. He has been trained in child protection and as a team manager by Swim Ireland and works at numerous galas from time to time. Odran is a professional member of the Irish Planning Institute, the Institute of Economic Development and the Institute of Managers of Community and Voluntary Organisations. 


Anne Ryan

Anne RyanOPTA Wexford Native, Anne is an Instructor and Volunteer with Irish Water Safety since 1995. Among her many credentials within the volunteering ethos of Irish Water Safety, Anne is also the  Local Area Secretary, a Swim Teacher and Examiner and the Wexford Water Safety Area Committee Secretary. In addition to these activities, Anne finds the time to organise Cahore Outdoor Water Safety Week, with which she has played an active part since 1996.  In addition to working on FETAC updates, Anne works on all matters assigned to the Education Commission of which she is Vice Chair.

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