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About us

CyberSafeIreland is a not-for-profit organisation, established in 2015, that works to empower children, parents and teachers to navigate the online world in a safe and responsible manner. Our founders have backgrounds in cybercrime investigation, law enforcement, forensic psychology, online child protection, academia and the not-for-profit sector. As parents of young children, we can see on a daily basis how technology is going to play an increasingly important part of their futures. It will be used more widely in schools and even a fairly basic mobile phone these days will allow a child the ability to take risks almost unthinkable 20 years ago. We want our children to be able to embrace the opportunities for learning and enjoyment that technology can deliver, but we recognise that as parents and educators we have a responsibility to equip them with the tools to stay safe and avoid harm.

We believe that everybody can play a role in keeping children safe online, including children themselves. Education is a key part of the solution and both schools and parents have a vital role to play in supporting children to be safe online. 


Our Team

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Alex Cooney, CEO

Alex is an experienced programme manager from the not-for-profit sector. She has spent most of her career working in the international development sector w ...

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Philip Arneill, Head of Education & Innovation

Originally from Belfast, Philip is an international educator with over 20 years experience teaching and training all ages of learners in a range of multicu ...

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Aoife Keogh, Marketing & Administration Officer

Aoife has amassed considerable experience in both the public and private sectors over a fifteen year professional career. She managed projects around the i ...

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Louise O'Hagan, Education Officer

Louise undertook a BA Hons in Psychology, during this time she developed a great interest in online behaviour. This then led her to completing a masters in ...

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Cliona Curley, Advisor

Cliona specialises in cybercrime analysis and investigation. From 2005 to 2013, she worked as a senior officer for the UK National High Tech Crime Unit (NH ...

Our Trainers

We have a fantastic panel of external trainers who go out into schools all over Ireland delivering hugely important messages to children on how to use technology in a stronger, smarter and safer way. Some of these are listed below.

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Aoife Boyle

Aoife has been working in the Technology World for the past 15 years and worked in a number of different countries around the world mostly in Telecommunica ...

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Ann Harte

Ann is from Dublin originally but has lived and worked in Cork for a number of years.  With a background in PR, Marketing and Event Management, Ann worked ...

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Enda McGahern

Enda McGahern has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and is an expert on cybersecurity. As a parent he is passionate about educating other pare ...

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Brendan Noone

Brendan has extensive experience dealing with victims of crime. He was drawn to work in the education and crime prevention sector following his completion ...

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Martyn Wallace

Martyn Wallace works in law enforcement and has completed a MSc in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation. ...

Olwyn Beresford

Olwyn Beresford holds a degree in Computer Science and a MBA and worked in the software industry for many years. As a mother of teens and tweens she has ex ...

Volunteers and Cyber Ninjas

We are very grateful to the good people such as Ben below who volunteer for us on an ad hoc basis, who have enabled us to achieve great things with very limited resources. We also have a growing team of volunteer technical researchers, our Cyber Ninjas, who help us to keep on top of the constantly changing landscape of what kids are doing online. These people are always working away in the background, ensuring that CyberSafeIreland staff and trainers stay up to speed on the latest apps, games and YouTubers! If you would like to join our current Cyber Ninjas, please get in touch.

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Ben Ó Mathúin (Digital Media)

Ben is a seasoned leader working as an industry expert in the digital marketing space. His career has seen him oversee the digital marketing activities for ...

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Michelle Garrigan (Lead Cyber Ninja)

Michelle Garrigan leads the Information and Cyber Security Programme for Ulster Bank. Her career has spanned a wide range of roles across, Retail and Corpo ...

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Caroline O'Neill (Cyber Ninja)

Caroline has over 10 years experience working within the technology sector in Ireland. She has always had an interest in cyber security and has had an IADI ...

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Karen McDonnell (Cyber Ninja)

Karen is a specialist in mobile and online products with over 16 years experience in that area. She is currently working with Dell as Global E-Business Con ...

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Adam Tallon (Cyber Ninja)

Adam has been immersed in technology from a very young age, with his first computer at the age of 9 opening a world of possibilities. Fortunately when Adam ...