Board of Management

Maura McMahon Managing Director
Maura McMahon , Managing Director

Maura lives in the north inner city. A neighbour helped teach Maura to read Dr. Seuss books before she started school, and she has been reading everything in sight ever since. Maura has taught in Canada, Ireland and China, and is a member of the Teaching Council and International Reading Association. Maura has always worked hard to promote a love of literacy with students of all ages. Maura’s commitment to SHaRE stems from her belief that good readers can overcome any challenge to meet their goals.


Stephen Moran
Stephen Moran

Stephen has lived in Cabra West for the past 20 years. When Stephen was younger, he lacked confidence in reading and writing and this has had a huge impact on him. His parents’ belief in him gave him the ability to achieve his goals in life. Stephen’s two children are excellent readers and he buys them books every chance he can get. Stephen co-founded SHaRE because he thinks giving kids the chance to read and write from an early age will also give them the confidence to articulate their needs and wants in our complicated world.


Dr. Marian Farrelly
Dr. Marian Farrelly

Marian has been a primary school teacher with over 35 years’ experience in educationally disadvantaged settings. She spent 11 of those years as a school principal in a large urban school where her connection to the local community made her understand the importance of the collective responsibility for literacy. She has had a lifelong interest in equality and education and believes strongly in the power of schools and families working together to achieve strong educational outcomes for everyone.


Paddy O'Reilly
Paddy O'Reilly

Paddy, a Dubliner, is a widower with five grown up children and seven grand- children. He was educated in CBS Synge Street and has a BA from UCE Birmingham. Paddy worked in insurance and remains an Associate of The Chartered Insurance Institute. Paddy served for many years in the Reserve Defence Forces (FCA) and retired a Commandant. Paddy has been involved in school-based reading activities in disadvantaged schools for seven years.


Laura Vinall
Lorna Vinall

Lorna has retired from teaching in the UK and Ireland. She is committed to helping children with reading difficulties. Lorna believes in the SHaRE programme, not only because it enables children to become competent readers, but because it raises their self-esteem and gives them the confidence to face new challenges. In her spare time, Lorna has been known to conquer various sections of the Camino de Santiago, and help newcomers to Ireland develop their English language skills.

Stephen Moran
Paddy Pender

Paddy was born and reared in the inner city of Dublin. She is parish secretary in the parish of St. Michan in Halston Street, and has worked on a number of projects with the parishioners of the parish, the homeless and the terminally ill.

Stephen Moran
Fr Bryan Shortall

Father Bryan Shortall is parish priest of the inner city parish of St. Michan in Halston Street. He is a native of Dublin and former school chaplain. He is keenly aware of the need for education and reading skills so that everyone has a better chance in life.