• Mike Shortt


    General Manager

    Originally 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.

  • Jimmy

    Café Manager/ Staff Chaplain

    Jimmy 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.

  • Thomas O'Loughlin


    Head Counsellor

    Tom 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.

  • Megan Gordon O'Murphy


    Counsellor/ Manager

    Megan 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.

  • John

    Director of Emmaus Scripture School

    John joined the An Tobar Nua team 2010. As the Director of Biblical studies, he is responsible for our Scripture School and our Study Abroad Programs. He completed his undergraduate studies at Oral Roberts University and his masters at Asbury Theological Seminary. He joined us after completing his doctoral studies in New Testament at the Dominican Biblical Institute in Limerick. John is an avid fan of every competitive sport. When not at An Tobar Nua, John can be found challenging his colleagues in strategic board game tournaments or spending time with his family.

  • Andrew

    Outreach Manager

    A 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.

  • Emily

    Café Assistant Manager

    Originally from Marshfield, Wisconsin, Emily moved to Ireland in 2012. A Irish Study Abroad program in college first sparked a desire to live the Galway area. She graduated from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2011 with a degree in Communicative Disorders. Her years of interning in the café qualified her for a promotion to Assistant Manager in 2016, and she is currently pursuing a degree in Counseling & Psychotherapy. Emily enjoys singing and leading worship in a local prayer group.

  • Deirdre

    Bookshop Manager

    After 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.

  • Kevin

    Café Staff & Retreat Worker

    A graphic designer by trade, Kevin stepped out of the design industry to pursue working with teens in the Diocese of Galway. In 2011, he joined the An Tobar Nua team and has been a vital part of our retreats and café team since. Kevin also serves as the drummer for Elation Ministries, is featured on two albums and has toured the country with the group. He has a passion for art and photography. When not at An Tobar Nua, Kevin can be found sharpening his professional skills in Dublin and spending time with his wife and children.

  • Caroline

    Bookshop Staff

    With a diploma in Theology and Christian Ministry from Regents Theological College in the U.K., Caroline is well-suited to the bookstore. She was born in London and later moved to Ireland with her family. She joined the bookstore in 2016 and also works as a Children’s Minister in a local church. When not at work, she likes reading and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Demet

    Retreat Worker

    Demi joined the An Tobar Nua staff in 2014 after years of frequenting the café while she was a student in Galway. With a BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care, she loves working with students and traveling all over Ireland to present talks for student ministry. When not at work, Demi likes movies, music, and eating spaghetti bolognaise with her family.

  • Rebekah

    Retreat Worker

    Our resident Dub, Rebekah came to An Tobar Nua from the Nazareth Community, a well known Christian Organisation in Dublin, where she worked as Youth Director. She holds a degree in International Spanish and Linguistics from the University College Dublin. As a part of her degree program, Rebekah also studied at Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain. Following her university graduation, Rebekah moved to Costa Rica to serve as a missionary in an international branch of the Nazareth Community. When not at An Tobar Nua, Rebekah loves spending time with her husband and shopping!

  • Tomasz

    Cafe Staff

    Born in Poland, Thomas moved to Ireland after university and joined the café team in 2014. A trained barista, Thomas also completed his MA in Philosophy from Agieclonian University in Krakow and a MA in Theology from Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow. His hobbies include music, production, playing strategy games, and hiking with his family.

  • Callum

    Cafe Staff

    Born in Surrey, England and raised in Galway, Callum started at ATN in 2012. He is currently studying for a degree in Denominated Psychology at NUIG (National University of Ireland – Galway). He enjoys academia, football, kickboxing, and traveling the world.

  • Elijah

    Cafe Staff

    After he and his family moved from Connecticut, Elijah volunteered at the café before joining the team in 2014. He is currently attending Regent University and studying Physics. Elijah is an avid amateur photographer and collects obscure comics.