Graduate Lives

Una McCarthy

BA European Studies 1982

Originally from Charleville, Co. Cork, Úna took up the post of Director of Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) in 2015.  The return to Limerick brings Úna's professional life full circle as she started her career in the Belltable having then spent time in Bristol, Belfast, Sligo and most recently as Head of Festivals at the Arts Council in Dublin.


Liam Shorte

BBS Economics 1991

From Athy in Co. Kildare, Liam joined the Graduate Management programme with Sun Alliance following which he took the opportunity for a secondment to the Middle East where in 1998 he set up the first Saudi Arabian Life Insurance operation for Oman National Life. In 2001, Liam moved to Australia and retrained as a Financial Planner, setting up his own firm in 2005. An early adopter of social media, he targeted a specific niche in Self-Managed Superannuation (Pension) with a blog called The SMSF Coach and twitter handle @SMSFCoach. Liam now writes and comments for a number of print and tv media outlets on retirement and self-managed superannuation.


Desmond Butler

Diploma Quality Management (Lean Systems) 2007

*The University of Limerick Community has been deeply saddened to learn of the recent sudden and tragic death of Desmond Butler.  Our thoughts are with his family and friends.*

As Compliance Manager with TelecityGroup, Desmond is responsible for maintaining regulatory compliance assurance and delivering new technologies and expertise. TelecityGroup has recently been acquired by Equinix which connects the world's leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centres. Although Desmond works in Dublin, he lives in his hometown Limerick with his wife and two children.


Ciarán Coyle

BTech Information Technology and Telecommunications 2001

Ciarán was appointed Chief Administrative Officer for Ulster Bank in 2015, joining the Bank’s Executive Committee where he is responsible for Technology, Operations, Payments, Transformation & Innovation. Previous roles involved working across the Bank’s Retail Markets & Services divisions before being appointed Head of Transformation in 2012 and subsequently Head of Banking Operations in 2014. Originally from Co Mayo, Ciarán now lives in Dublin with his family.


Colin Kelly

BEng Mechanical Engineering 1997

A native of Co. Clare, Colin was recently appointed as Managing Director of Kirby Group Engineering for the UK, with overall responsibility for the management and development of this growing construction and engineering business, working with clients such as GSK, IBM and Flour. Prior to his move to London, Colin held the position of Process Engineering Manager with Kirby’s and was previously a Director of BCD Group. Colin is married to fellow alumna Aileen Galvin (BA, European Studies 1997) and they have two young children.


Sinead Browne

BA European Studies 1993

Cork native Sinéad is a member of the Board of Management and Chief Operating Officer at Allianz Global Property and Specialty, an entity with €8billion premium volume with offices in 28 countries, making it a Top 3 player in the world of industrial insurance. Joining the Allianz Group in Ireland following her graduation from UL, Sinéad moved to the Group Headquarters in Munich, Germany in 2004 to join their Global Strategy Unit. Her current role oversees Operations, IT, Projects, Human Resources and Catastrophe Risk Management.


Breiffini Kennedy

Graduate Diploma Business Administration 1999

Originally from Ennis in Co. Clare, Breiffini participated in the IBEC EOP Programme with Bord Bia in London following his graduation from UL. Fifteen years on, having enjoyed roles with Dairygold in the UK and Bord Bia in London, Asia and Dublin, Breiffini continues his career in the Irish food industry with one of Europe's leading food processing companies, Dawn Meats as International Markets Manager. He and his wife live in the West Midlands, UK.


Ruan Dillon McLoughlin

BSc in Construction Management and Engineering 2009

Based in Wellington, New Zealand for the past three years, Ruan works for the NZ Treasury as part of the National Budget and State Services Management team. He focuses on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Government agencies. Prior to the Treasury, Ruán worked supporting the CE of the New Zealand Ministry of Justice. He is looking forward to returning home to Ireland in the near future.


Kirsten Allstaff

MA Irish Traditional Music Performance 2003

Originally from Scotland, Kirsten has taught and performed extensively as a flute and whistle player. Now settled in Liscannor, Co. Clare, where she directs The Online Academy of Irish Music along with her husband Mathew, Kirsten’s aim at OAIM.ie is to create simple, creative, accessible and affordable music lessons via the internet.