Proinsias Ó Tuama
Founder of Clean Coasts Ballynamona, The East Cork Biodiversity Networking Programme, and Sea and Land Trust. Proinsias is a qualified Irish and Economics Teacher with a Post grad in Educational Leadership. He is the recipient of Cork Environmental Forum Award for Individual of the Year. He has also won numerous Ocean Hero Awards, including Individual, Group of the Year and School of the Year. Clean Coasts Ballynamona were also Cork County Council's Group of the Year for 2019.
Director of Ministries
Paul is a wildlife and bird enthusiast all his life, Paul is passionate about nature conservation and managing habitats on his 140acre farm. Over the years he has planted trees on the land, managed hedgerows for birds, incorporated wildflower margins around field boundaries and increased the nature corridors where possible on the farm. The land is home to many bird species, many of whom are becoming scare in the Irish countryside. There are barn owls, stock doves, swifts, ravens, buzzards, reed buntings, yellowhammers, meadow pipits, stonechats, starlings, house sparrows and more. Foxes, stoats, shrews and rabbits are also a common sight on the farm.
Sally (Sarah) O’Reilly is sea-addicted psychologist and amateur photographer living and working in her beloved East Cork with her husband, fellow Clean Coasts member Tomás Mulcahy. She was first drawn to Clean Coasts Ballynamona while writing an article about seaside living and its mental health benefits. Since then she has become an active member of Clean Coasts, then East Cork Biodiversity and most recently has joined the board of the newly formed Sea and Land Trust. Her hope is to make a positive difference as part of a growing community of caring individuals who are collectively working towards a brighter future.
Cathal is an award winning PPAI (Press Photographers Association of Ireland) photographer. He won first place in the PPAI Nature and the Environment section for his image "All Aboard the Sky Train". He grew up in a quiet village on the outskirts of Birr, Co. Offaly, and got his first camera when he was around 12 years old. He has worked closely with and documented the work of Clean Coasts Ballynamona and the East Cork Biodiversity Networking programme since 2017. It is here that Cathal has refined his love for the environment, helping to tell the story of biodiversity and Ocean plastics through rich imagery.
Meet the Team
The Directors of Sea and Land Trust comprise: