Our Staff and Volunteers

Eddie Gilmore CEO

Eddie Gilmore


I grew up in Coventry with Irish parents and later moved to Canterbury where I spent 28 years with L’Arche, an international federation of faith-based communities that support adults with learning disabilities. Having decided that I needed a new challenge I was happy to be offered the CEO post for the Irish Chaplaincy. I began in January 2017 and am grateful to be part of an organization that seems so closely attuned with my own values and background. I will also celebrate 25 years of marriage this year (2017) to Yim Soon who I met in L’Arche and we will see the third and last of our lovely children leave home.

Declan Ganly


Irish Chaplaincy Administrator since July 2010. Juggler supreme, supporting staff and volunteers for ICPO, Seniors, Travellers and General outreach. Obsessions: databases and keeping important information and in the most productive place.
Golden rule – avoid duplicating anything.
Greatest fault: All round nice guy and IT geek, so my name seems to be the most shouted in the Chaplaincy.
I’ve been an emigrant since late 1990. I think the staff and volunteers of the Irish Chaplaincy provide support especially when the going gets tough. Every family should be very relieved and delighted to know this support is available for their vulnerable loved ones.

Breda Power

London Prisons Case Manager

Works closely with organisations and prison departments caring for the welfare of Irish prisoners and their families. She visits Irish nationals/Travellers on the wings, providing advice and information on various issues including: deportation, repatriation and returning to Ireland while on licence.

Breda has received various nominations and awards, including: a, Liberty and Britain and Ireland Human Rights Project - of which she was a patron - nomination, for a Reebok Human Rights Award; a ‘Civil Liberties Award’, commemorating the late Martin Ennals, former Secretary General of Amnesty International and an Irish Post Community Award, accepted on behalf of those working for relatives of prisoners, who serve the sentence also.

Liz Power

Senior Caseworker (Prisoners)

As senior caseworker, my job is to process all the follow-up casework from prison visits throughout the country. This involves inputing prison visit information on to the database, answering letters, phone calls, providing prisoners and their families with the relevant advice/information relating to their inquiries, etc. Indeed, letters and phone calls are my daily diet of work. I find the work challenging, rewarding and stimulating. Just being able to advise and help people and let them know that we are there for them and their loved ones in prison is what makes the work worthwhile for me.
Gerry McFlynn

Gerry McFlynn

Project Manager of the ICPO

My official title is Project Manager of the ICPO, which means that I oversee prison visits and the follow-up casework throughout England and Wales. We have a fulltime prison visitor/caseworker for the London prisons and a volunteer for the northwest, which leaves the rest of the country for me! As the only priest now working in the Chaplaincy, I also provide pastoral care for the Travellers and Elderly Irish. Being able to help and support the three most vulnerable groups in the Irish community is what motivates me. The Gospel imperative to serve is what makes sense of the work we do here.
Ellena Costello

Ellena Costello

Project Officer, Traveller Equality Project

I am Project Officer in the Traveller Equality Project. I started with the Irish Chaplaincy in 2011 as a volunteer, and I have been a full time employee since 2014.

I have a passion to meet new people, listen to them and share with them. I meet people from all walks of life in this role, I learn on a daily basis, but most importantly, I offer understanding to those who may have never had a listening ear.

Despite often difficult circumstances, many Traveller groups I visit are alive with spirit, culture and humour, which drives me to continue the work I do. Similarly the Chaplaincy is a positive place to work, in light of the sometimes dire situations we are dealing with. We inspire each other to continue, share good news stories, and offer support when needed.

Without the people I serve, and the other members of the Chaplaincy, my job would be much more difficult.

Paul Raymond

Paul Raymond

Irish Chaplaincy Seniors Manager

With Liverpool Irish roots, I have been at the Chaplaincy since 2009. As manager of the Irish Chaplaincy Seniors I co-ordinate our outreach service to over hundred isolated older Irish people across London. We are there to ensure that these vulnerable older people are not forgotten, that their voices are heard, and that they receive the support and help they need to improve and enrich their lives. It is inspiring to work alongside these older Irish, whose experiences can be very hard and difficult, yet who also display great perseverance and courage in managing their everyday lives.

Finbar Gibbons

Seniors - Volunteer

Sr Moira Keane

Volunteer on the Prisoner Outreach Project

Sr Agnes Miller

Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas - Volunteer

Anne Harding

Seniors - Volunteer

Bernadette Hennigan

Seniors - Volunteer

Pat Gormley

Seniors - Volunteer

Pat Delaney

Seniors - Volunteer

Radmila Vujnovic


Michael Martin

Seniors - Volunteer

Our Board Members

John Walsh (Chair), Tom Egan (Treasurer), Mary Tilki, Vicky Cosstick, Michael Walsh, Brendan McCarthy, Gerry Mulumby