General ManagerOriginally from Belfast, Mike came to An Tobar Nua in 2001 as part of the staff, after several years in the medical manufacturing industry. With more than a decade of experience in charity work and his business expertise, Mike oversees the day to day operations of An Tobar Nua. He also directly leads our Retreat and Religious Education department which works with Secondary Schools across the country. He is an avid fan of full-contact sports and trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kick Boxing where he also coaches. When not at An Tobar Nua, Mike can be found in the gym or pursuing his passion for kayaking with his family.
ManagerJimmy has spent more than 19 years travelling the world in charity management. Originally from Houston, Texas, he joined the An Tobar Nua team in 2013 and manages the café as well as the staff and intern team. As Chaplain to the staff, Jimmy also serves as HR for the growing team. With stamps in his passport for over twenty countries, he is always looking for a new adventure. When not at An Tobar Nua, Jimmy can be found repurposing old broken collectables or exploring life with his family.
Head CounsellorTom joined the An Tobar Nua staff in 2002. As a certified Irish counsellor, he has a BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy and is fully accredited by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Irish Association of Christian Counsellors. As our Head Counsellor, Thomas has been a vital part of developing our confidential and nonjudgemental counselling service and has worked tirelessly to advertise and promote our counselling service throughout Ireland. Thomas has a heart to accompany individuals as they journey towards healing and wholeness.
Counsellor; Manager & Staff ChaplainMegan joined the An Tobar Nua team in 2004. She plays an active role in staff leadership. Megan is a certified Irish counsellor and spends her days in the An Tobar Nua Counselling Centre. She has a heart to support and assist people in overcoming life’s challenges as they move towards healing and positive change. Megan has a BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy and is fully accredited by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Youth Outreach Manager; Connaught Retreats Team CoordinatorA native Galwegian, Andrew came to An Tobar Nua in 2014 after working for two years prior with a local church in Galway City. He graduated with a degree in Highway Engineering and was a former student of IBI (Irish Bible Institute) College. A talented singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Andrew often leads worship in different venues in Galway City and for student ministries associated with the café. He enjoys writing music, kickboxing and spending time with his wife and children.
Bookshop ManagerAfter many years in the retail industry with one of Ireland's most successful brands, Deirdre joined the team in 2006. Her love for knowledge and her heart to help others find scriptural answers to life's problems made the bookshop the perfect fit. She is originally from Cavan but has been a Galwegian since 1991. When not at An Tobar Nua, Deirdre can be found volunteering in her local parish or spending time with her daughter and granddaughter.
Leinster Retreats Team CoordinatorFrom County Laois, Michelle joined the An Tobar Nua team in October 2017. She has a colorful background, having initially pursued acting and performance education, whilst living in Los Angeles. Following her time in LA, she decided to return to Ireland and to embark on a new road that led her to study Theology and English at Maynooth University. She became a secondary school teacher; teaching in Crumlin for a number of years, before returning to the States, only this time finding herself in New York City. It was in NYC that she became actively involved in working with youth, which sparked her journey leading teen retreats. In her spare time, she enjoys the simple things in life such as theatre, film, arts and crafts making, hiking and discovering new places.
Munster Retreats Team CoordinatorOriginally from Ballinasloe, Séamus graduated from NUIG with an Arts degree in English and History. He spent three years in Asia teaching English before studying at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in California. He now runs a Christian youth group in Galway city where gets to share his two passions with teenagers: God and History.