Office Team

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Alan Shaw - President

Contact at:   President@athlonechamber.ie

Alan has 24 year’s experience as a Chartered Accountant, having worked in Practice for over 20 years and more recently moving to industry where he is Chief Financial Officer with Shaw Commercials.  

A member of Westmeath County Council Audit Committee since 2016, Alan’s experience includes audit, taxation, banking and finance.  As a trusted advisor, Alan hopes to advance the interests of Athlone Chamber in building the membership and alliances in a business world that has changed dramatically.  

A former Mayor of Athlone and former Member of Athlone Town Council, Alan understands the workings of Local Government and this is key to advancing business together in Athlone.

Gerry McInerney - CEO

Contact at:   Info@athlonechamber.ie

Gerry previously worked with Bank of Ireland. He was manager of the Athlone Branch for 9 years. Subsequently Gerry was an  Area Manager in Dublin and finished his career as Head of Bank of Ireland for Longford , Westmeath and Offaly. 

Gerry has been involved in the local community. He has been President of Buccaneers RFC, Chairman of St Brigid’s GAA and is a member of Athlone Golf Club

Gerry took up the role of  CEO for Athlone Chamber of Commerce in late 2019.

Board Members

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Brian Feeney


RBK Chartered Accountants

An Associate member of Chartered Accountants Ireland, Brian specialises in assurance and business advisory services for large indigenous and international companies.

Brian has carried out due diligence for multinational companies across multiple jurisdictions including the BRIC and EMEA countries and has worked on significant corporate structures and restructures.

A founding member of RBK’s International Desk, he has significant experience in assisting foreign direct investment companies setting up operations in Ireland. Brian is an Economics graduate (TCD) and has been a Partner in RBK since 2011.

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Deirdre Hunt


Marketing Officer, Athlone Community Radio.

Deirdre has experience in office admiration, advertising and marketing. 

Having worked in the services sector, print media and now radio Deirdre has amassed extensive experience in customer relations.

Deirdre has also completed a certificate in Certificate in Frontline Management, Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Service.

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David Ganly


Future Learning

David is the director of Ed-Tech Language School Future learning, renowned for their innovative approach to language education though technological advancements. David’s educational background includes holding a B.Ed. from the University of Limerick, Ireland and MSc. in
Technology & Learning from Trinity College Dublin. David has been involved in the development of the ICT
(Information Communication Technology) courses for second level education in Ireland and he has also been
involved in many educational projects gaining worldwide recognition.

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Michael McDonnell


Skipper and Proprietor of Viking Tours

Known locally as ‘Viking Mike’, Michael McDonnell established Viking Tours in 1999 as a Viking themed passenger vessel.

As proprietor of Viking Tours, one of Athlone’s main tourist attractions, Michael has been an ambassador for this area to thousands of visitors. And due to his outgoing, convivial personality, he has become part and parcel of the local community in the intervening years.

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John O’Regan


Software R&D Manager, Ericsson, Athlone

John is a product development Engineer at Ericsson, Athlone. Ericsson are a world leader in the rapidly changing environment of communications technology – providing equipment, software and services to enable transformation through mobility.

John, at Ericsson, through his leadership in technology and services has been a driving force behind the expansion and improvement of connectivity worldwide.

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Michelle Mckeon-Bennett


Dean of Faculty, Business and Hospitality

Michelle , member of both MICI & MESAI is Dean of Faculty, Business and Hospitality at the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest. Michelle has 18 years experience liaising with national SMEs and international research centres developing RDI activities for Food Technology, Cosmetic and Agricultural Solutions.

Michelle is a renowned researcher with 25 years experience int he higher education sector in Ireland. Her primary research interests are in Food Technology for Bio-economy.

 

 

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Stephen Reynolds


Owner Athlone Bookshop

Stephen has been involved in the book trade all his working life. Having worked for Twenty years with Waterstones and Ten years with WH Smith in both the UK and Ireland Stephen managed several stores around London and Dublin throughout his career. During that time, Stephen  completed degrees in Marketing, HR and Cloud Computing.

This encouraged Stephen to realise a long held dream and open his Book Shop located in Athlone. The store opened in July 2021 stocking a range of Fiction, General Non-Fiction and Children’s books.

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John McGrath


MD, MMKDA Consulting Engineers

John has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. In private practice for 25 years John has project managed a large number of residential, commercial and industrial developments.

He has extensive experience in guiding clients through the planning process and ensuring the efficient management of projects through to completion.

John is currently immediate past President of Athlone Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  He considers the contribution of Athlone Chamber to the lobbying carried out for the designation of Athlone as a Regional Centre of Growth as the Chambers most significant success over the last 5 years.  Athlone was first identified as a centre for such designation in 1968. 

MMKDA Consulting Engineers which John runs continues to provide a wide range of services which relate to property where building or planning services are required. 

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Dermot Ryan


Head of Business Banking - Midlands/North East at AIB
Dermot has been involved in the Banking Sector in the Midlands & West for 20 years. He has worked in a number of Senior Business Development and Credit Department Roles and is currently is Head of Midlands-North East Business Centre for AIB Bank. AIB’s Midlands-North East Business Centre, with locations in Athlone, Portlaoise & Drogheda manages the Bank’s mid / large SME customers for the counties, Westmeath, Longford, Offaly, Laois, Cavan, Monaghan & Louth. Dermot holds the position of Company Director & Secretary for Athlone Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
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Regina Bushell


Managing Director at Grovelands Childcare
Regina Bushell is a proud Athlone business women who owns and operates the multi award winning early education centres Grovelands Childcare which has 6 centres across the midland towns of Athlone,Tullamore and Mullingar. Grovelands employs 120 early years professionals and provides service to over 700 families on a weekly basis. Regina is an advisor on the early years sector and sits on the Early Years Forum and many of its sub groups in the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. She is also a member of Childhood Services Ireland a trade association within IBEC. Regina is the Director the RTE All Ireland Drama Festival and is also a member of the board of Athlone Festival & Events Project Group.

Garrett McGuinness


General Manager Sheraton Hotel

Garret has been with the Sheraton Hotel Athlone for over four years as Managing Director.
Garretts has a track record in delivering quality hotel product and achieving key awards for Sheraton Athlone Hotel.
Garrett has substantial experience attained in senior positions in the hospitality industry nationally and internationally as well as in his studies at GMIT Galway in Hotel and Catering Management