Another Talented 38: More of Ireland’s Top Technology and Startup Leaders

Sean Blanchfield and Dylan Collins recently created a list of people driving the technology and startup scene in Ireland. In the interests of equality, here are our additions to the list.

Amy Neale


LinkedIn | @amisnealis | TechVo

Amy Neale is Programme Manager at NDRC, the National Digital Research Centre. She previously worked in various UK universities and has a PhD in Linguistics. She is frequently involved in organising startup and technology events such as the Dublin Startup Weekend.

Andrea Magnorsky

BatCat Games

LinkedIn | @silverspoon | AngelList

Andrea Magnorsky is a games developer and co-founder of BatCat Games. She has lectured on game programming at the Dublin Institute of Technology, and also worked in a variety of software development roles. Andrea is very active in the Irish games development community, and also set up Dublin ALT.NET.

Ann-Marie Holmes


Ann-Marie Holmes is Factory Manager for Fab 24 at Intel Ireland. She has worked at Intel for over 20 years, and is a recognised expert in wafer fabrication. Within the company, she was the originator of a “women in technology” pipeline to enable female Intel employees to participate in leadership and management development.

Barbara Murphy

Equilume / UCD


As well as being Head of Equine Science at UCD, Barbara Murphy is the developer of the Equilume light mask which provides low-level light to a horse’s eye to advance the breeding season. She has a PhD from the University of Kentucky, and has worked with leading equine organisations in the US and Ireland.

Catherina Blewitt


LinkedIn | @blewittca

Catherina Blewitt is West Regional Manager for the IDA, promoting FDI in the west of Ireland. She has a Masters in Regional Planning from UCD. After a recent EA Games jobs announcement in the region, Catherina cited the mix of “technology infrastructure, recruitment opportunities and the pro-business environment and Galway’s lifestyle” as a factor.

Catherine Morris

LinkedIn | @cittiecait | AngelList

Catherine Morris is founder of the Derry-based, an online community aimed at attendees of events. She has taught and studied in the areas of film, television and media studies. Catherine and co-founder Breda Doherty were driven to create their event attendance planning system after frustrations encountered while attending SXSW two years ago.

Claire McHugh


LinkedIn | @clairemchugh

Claire McHugh is co-founder and CEO of Axonista, a developer of TV-related apps. She was previously a Programme Manager for Setanta. Claire has spoken about the possibilities of real-time interactions: “Producers and presenters can interact with their audience during the show, respond to their questions, ask how they are feeling and serve up entertaining coverage that’s tapping into the zeitgeist.”

Clare Dillon


LinkedIn | @claredillon

Clare Dillon currently heads up Microsoft Ireland’s Developer and Platform Group. She was previously a product manager with Havok and with Iona Technologies. Clare is a long-time supporter of Irish technology events as a speaker and through Microsoft Ireland, and is well known for being a great communicator and team motivator.

Cliodhna McGuirk


LinkedIn | @mcguirkc

Cliodhna McGuirk is CEO of Saadian, a provider of market-leading mobile solutions and specialist prison intelligence systems to UK police services. She previously worked with Nua and Allied Irish Bank in development and technical roles. In 2009, Cliodhna was nominated for the Young Businesswoman of the Year Award.

Cornelia Connolly


LinkedIn | @connie_connolly | TechVo

Cornelia Connolly is Operations Manager with LearnOpt, and also lectures at Dundalk Institute of Technology. She has a degree in Computer Engineering, a PhD in education, and previously worked as a consultant with Accenture. Speaking about LearnOpt for professional learning, Cornelia said: “It is an all-inclusive product that would serve any professional body very well.”

Cristina Luminea


LinkedIn | @cristinaluminea

Cristina Luminea is the founder and Managing Director of ThoughtBox, an education software provider based on ‘gameful learning’. She previously worked with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and has degrees in marketing and software development as well as a Masters in the area of energy consumption. She frequently encourages young women to consider a career in technology.

Deirdre MacCormack

Mcor Technologies

LinkedIn | @deemac01 | TechVo

Deirdre MacCormack is Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder of Mcor Technologies, creators of a revolutionary 3D printer that uses ordinary paper instead of plastic extrusions. She studied at DIT and Dundalk IT. Deirdre and the Mcor team wanted to create an affordable and eco-friendly 3D printer that uses a water-based adhesive to glue layers of paper into 3D models.

Ellen Dudley


LinkedIn | @meetforeal | AngelList | TechVo

Dividing time between New York and Ireland, Ellen Dudley is co-founder of the CrowdScanner platform on which PeopleHunt and GuessMyPersona are built. She previously co-founded two other systems, Pass and Poll, and Meetforeal, and also worked as a market development engineer for Proxy Biomedical. A passionate presenter, Ellen’s slidesets range from electronics as social objects to the art of socialisation.

Emma Creighton

National College of Art and Design

LinkedIn | @legolady | TechVo

Emma Creighton is a PhD candidate at the National College of Art and Design, and also carries out research and consultation for South Dublin County Council. She previously created jogo, an Arduino-powered explorative design that uses sound and light to encourage children to play. Emma is currently working with the team behind (Your Arts Map), a service to promote events for young people.

Georgina Bowes


LinkedIn | @ginabo

Gina Bowes is Social Stategist with Glanbia, where she works on digital strategies and monitoring tools for their consumer brands. She previously worked as Head of Social Media in the eircom Group, including eMobile and Meteor. She has presented about social media strategies at and the dot conf.

Grainne Barron


LinkedIn | @grabar

Grainne Barron is CEO of corporate video production company Foxframe, creators of a content-as-a-service video production and distribution system. She previously worked for NBC, Animo, and Windmill Lane Studios. She won a prize for Best Investment Proposal at the PwC Docklands Innovation Park Enterprise Awards in 2011.

Gráinne Barry

Another Friend

LinkedIn | @grainnebbarry

Gráinne Barry is Managing Director of, a popular online dating service in Ireland that has been online since 2000. She previously worked at BDO Simpson Xavier and Golden Vale, and has a science degree from Queen’s University Belfast. has over 60% of the Irish online dating market, and over 660,000 members.

Heather James


LinkedIn | @hjames

Previously based in Sligo and now in Belfast, Heather James is Manager of Training with Acquia, providers of support and training for the popular Drupal content management system. She previously taught at IT Sligo, and worked in the learning technologies space for some years. She is a frequent speaker at tech events and Drupal Camps around the world.

Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh


LinkedIn | @janeonbike | TechVo

Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh is the developer of Sugru, a multi-purpose self-curing silicon rubber that has been featured in Wired, TIME, Fast Company and Technology Review. She is based in London, and developed the idea for Sugru while studying at the National College of Art there. She regularly takes part in maker and creative events in Ireland and elsewhere.

Jennifer Cullen


LinkedIn | TechVo

Jennifer Cullen is Chief Financial Officer with StatCounter, a web traffic analysis tool that is one of the top 200 websites worldwide. She has a degree from UCD, and has been working with husband Aodhan at the company he founded in 2006. She was also advocate for their Global Stats service, a free web research tool that allowed the public to monitor internet market share battles.

Joan Mulvihill

Irish Internet Association

LinkedIn | @JoanMulvihill | AngelList

Since 2009, Joan Mulvihill has been CEO of the Irish Internet Association, a professional body for those conducting business via the internet from Ireland. She has degrees from NUI Galway and the University of Oxford, and has held a variety of consulting and management roles. Joan says her IIA role is “essentially a daily obsession with promoting internet technologies within businesses and to consumers for growth”.

Judith Browne



Judith Browne is Product Data Director of Dell Europe, Middle East and Africa. Judith joined Dell 13 years ago, and has worked with over 350 managers in the area of business process improvements. She was also the overall winner of the Microsoft-sponsored WMB Woman in Technology Award in 2011.

Juliana Gomez



Juliana Gomez is Director of Quality with Microsoft, based in Dublin. She has worked with Microsoft since 2006, previously was with GE Healthcare, and studied at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Juliana has three tips for women to achieve success in the corporate world: “Don’t be afraid to set audacious goals. Find a male mentor and a female role model. Deliver results.”

Karlin Lillington

Irish Times

LinkedIn | @klillington

Karlin Lillington is a weekly technology writer for the Irish Times. She has previously written for a range of publications including the Guardian, San Jose Mercury News, Wired and New Scientist. She frequently covers the Irish startup scene with some thought-provoking articles on the future of the Irish technology sector.

Lavinia Morris

Friends First


Lavinia Morris is Senior IT Manager for Friends First Group, where she is responsible for aligning and driving the group’s IT strategy. She has also worked for Fujitsu and AIB, and has a degree in electronic engineering from NUI Galway. She is currently chair of the Irish Internet Association’s Working Group on Cloud Computing, and was shortlisted for the WMB Women in Technology Award 2012.

Linda O’Sullivan

Footbridge Interactive

LinkedIn | @osullind | TechVo

Linda O’Sullivan is founder and Managing Director of Footbridge Interactive, a producer of story-driven computer games for children with various educational needs. She worked for over ten years in the development and writing of children’s television and animation. Observing learning exercises being taken by her son who is dyslexic, Linda felt that these would be ideally suited to a game-based environment driven by an animated story, and Footbridge was born.

Lisa Domican

Grace App

LinkedIn | @lisamareedom | TechVo

Lisa Domican is co-creator of the Grace App picture exchange system to help non-verbal people. With support from O2 Telefonica, Lisa developed the Grace App system and prototype for her autistic daughter Grace, with technical development by Steve Troughton-Smith. She is winner of various awards including the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Elevator Programme Award in 2011, the WMB Big Idea Award in 2011, and the UN World Summit Award for Excellence in m-Learning and Education in 2010.

Lyra McKee


LinkedIn | @LyraMcKee | TechVo

Lyra McKee is the Editor of Mediagazer, an automated media news aggregator and sister site to Techmeme, and is based in Belfast. She previously founded NewsRupt, a news technology startup, and TechFluff, a PR firm for startups. A former Sky News Young Journalist of the Year, Lyra has freelanced with Private Eye Magazine, Channel 4 and the BBC.

Martha Rotter

Woopie / Idea Magazine

LinkedIn | @martharotter | AngelList

Martha Rotter is co-founder of Woopie, a digital publication platform, and of Idea, an Irish tech community magazine. She was previously a developer evangelist with Microsoft Ireland, and worked with Microsoft for nearly ten years. Martha is an excellent communicator of technical ideas, but also an experienced creator of technical products that work well and look really good.

Mary Forde

User Story

LinkedIn | @User_Story

Mary Forde is founder of User Story, providing expertise in online user testing, online A/B testing, and site / app reviews. She has a background in technical writing and communications. User Story was selected as one of 17 companies to participate in the DIT Hothouse enterprise incubation programme in 2010.

Nicola Byrne

11890 / Stenics Media

LinkedIn | @nicbyr

Nicola Byrne is founder of 11890, a third player in the directory enquiries market in Ireland. Previously she has worked with Jacobs, Bank of Ireland and AC Nielsen. Nicola is pushing for various innovative technology features in the 11890 service including sending a map corresponding to the phone number being searched for to a user’s mobile phone. Nicola says that “when you ask, you get what you want”.

Orla Cox


LinkedIn | @orlacox

Orla Cox is Senior Manager for Security Intelligence Delivery at Symantec. She studied at Dublin City University. Her team looks at the motivations and security risks of cyber attack systems like Flame, and also studies the epidimiology of computer viruses such as Stuxnet.

Orla Sheridan



Orla Sheridan is Consumer Channels Group Director for Microsoft Ireland. She began her career in Galway, worked in Germany and Switzerland, and was with Gateway before joining Microsoft. Orla is responsible for Microsoft’s entertainment and consumer devices in Ireland, including flagship products such as Xbox 360, Office and Windows 7.

Regina Moran



Regina Moran is CEO of Fujitsu Ireland Ltd., and the chair of IBEC’s ICT Ireland group. She started working with Fujitsu in 2006, and was appointed CEO of their Irish division in 2009. Regina is an inspiration to many for succeeding without an undergraduate degree; she is quoted as saying “I didn’t have an undergraduate degree, but I’m living proof that this need not prevent you from being a success in business.”

Sarah Doyle



Sarah Doyle is the CTO of Kinesense, developer of CCTV video search, analysis and reporting solutions for law enforcement and security. She previously worked with Amideon Systems, and has degrees in science and management. Kinesense uses video content analytics (VCA) for the automatic detection of events in CCTV video, reducing the time taken to go through hours of video looking for certain events.

Siobhan King-Hughes


LinkedIn | @siobhankhughes | TechVo

Siobhan King-Hughes is founder and CEO of Sensormind, an ambient assisted living solution for elderly people. She has previously worked as Head of International Products with AOL, and with Oracle, Lotus, Frame and Microsoft in a variety of management and engineering roles. Siobhan recently appeared on Dragon’s Den Ireland, and has been a finalist in the Docklands Innovation Park Awards 2010 and WMB Awards 2011.

Sonia Flynn


LinkedIn | @soniaflynn

Sonia Flynn is Director of Online Operations EMEA for Facebook, is also Facebook Ireland’s Head of Office. She was previously Director of User Operations EMEA for Google, and has also worked for and ModusLink. Sonia has degrees in languages and literature from the University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast respectively.

Stephanie Francis


LinkedIn | @cloudsteph

Stephanie Francis is Interaction Designer at X-Communications, where she develops interfaces for websites and web apps. She has lectured on CSS3 at Trinity College Dublin, and previously worked at Xwerk Media and Intuition Publishing. She is been very active in 24 The Web, an event to create websites for various charities, and is co-founder of the Crafthouse Dublin meetup series for web designers.

4 thoughts on “Another Talented 38: More of Ireland’s Top Technology and Startup Leaders

  1. Thanks Ronan!>> This is a great idea – thanks! I’ve a suggestion (or two!) for an extended list:Naoise McNally and Susan Gallagher at – their site may look easy on the eye but both are experienced tech-heads, Naoise in digital project management and social media (ex-Daft) and Susan in development (ex-IBM). Susan also has her own web development practice (http://www.susangallagherdesig…, while Naoise also has a side-project, Identify Consulting. From what I understand, the bulk of the site runs on customised WordPress plugins, which among other things integrate across fresh content and the commercial aspects of the site such as the supplier directory. The site which was set up as a hobby is now the biggest of its kind in the UK & Ireland, with 100,000 readers a month. They’re also taking on their sixth employee next week and I believe there’s talk of going global!


  2. How do you qualify for the list? I am co founder of Tus Nua Designs returned to Ireland 4 years ago and set up our biz, we develop our own apps and out current task,project,time management app myWorkTime is ranked in the top 9% of global app sales at the moment:).


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