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Ireland West Airport Knock Corporate Structure



Patrick Joseph Kennedy- Trustee & Director

Chairperson, CADCO

Based in Manchester and a native of Doocastle, Co. Mayo, Joe is one of the most successful Irish business people in the UK. He is Chairman of PJK investments, a highly successful property development and construction business with significant interests right throughout the UK.  He established the Kennedy Charitable Foundation & has supported hundreds of causes with generous donations both in Ireland and the UK.  Joe joined the Board in January 2002 and was elected Chairman that year until his retirement from the Board in 2009. Joe is currently a Trustee. continues his strong advocacy for Western development.

Patrick Joseph Kennedy

Peter Hynes – Trustee & Director

Mayo County Manager

A native of Moycullen, Co Galway, Peter Hynes appointed Mayo County Manager in 2010. He currently lives in Foxford with his wife Catherine and family. Peter was Director of Services for the West Region and Westport Town Manager from 2001 to 2010. He has worked in Mayo County Council since 1984 when he joined as an Architect and was the head of the Architect's department from 1989 until 2001. Peter joined the Board in 2010.

Peter Hynes

Frank Curran– Director

CE, Leitrim County Council

Responsible for the strategic and operational management of Leitrim County Council
Work with elected members and other stakeholders to promote the sustainable development of County Leitrim with a particular focus on economic and community development
Establishment of new political and organisational structures (Municipal Districts, Local Community Development Committee, new workforce plan, revised management structures)
Chair of Leitrim Tourism Growth Alliance, High Level Economic Advisory Committee, Age Friendly Alliance, Children and Young Persons Services Committee
Previous posts held by Frank include Director of Services @ Waterford County Council and other Senior roles at Waterford and Tipperary County Councils.
He holds a Post Grad Diploma in Business and Executive Coaching, MA in Local Government Management, MSc in Environmental Protection and a BE in Civil Engineering.


John Dillon – Trustee


Retired travel agent and longest serving Board Member

John ran a family travel business in Ballyhaunis which was established by his grandfather more than 100 years ago. John is a key asset to the Airport given his experience and expertise in the travel industry particularly in developing the airport’s charter business.  John was elected to the Board in 1985.

John Dillon

Arthur French – Director

Owner of French Estates, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

A native of Claremorris, he established French Estates in 1975, which has been involved in a number of high profile property, land and development sales, most notably, the exclusive Ryder Cup Village and Ladycastle Developments within the grounds of the K Club in Straffan, Co Kildare. Arthur is very active in charitable and business related endeavours. Arthur joined the Board in 2006.

Arthur French

Rev. Richard Gibbons – Trustee & Director

Parish Priest of Knock & Administrator of Knock Shrine

Fr. Gibbons, a native of Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, was appointed Rev. Richard Gibbons, Parish Priest of Knock in 2012. Fr Gibbons obtained degrees in Arts and Law in UCG before starting his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained in 1999, and was appointed curate to Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock in 2003. He has ministered in the National Shrine of Our Lady at Knock until his appointment as Parish Priest. Fr Richard joined the Board in 2012.

Rev. Richard Gibbons

Kevin Kelly – Director

Acting CEO of Galway County Council

A native of Galway, Kevin has worked in the Local Government Sector for almost 30 years in a variety of different roles and authorities including Dublin County Council, Galway City Council, Laois County Council, Carlow County Council and Kildare County Council.

Kevin is currently Chief Executive (Interim) of Galway County Council which serves a population of 175,000 people has a staff of just under 1,000 and a current revenue budget of €104m.

Previous posts held by Kevin include Director of Corporate Services and Human Resources, Director of Planning and Economic Development and Director of Community and Enterprise as well as holding various management roles in the areas of Planning, Finance and Housing.

Kevin holds a BA in Public Management.


Sean Mulryan – Director

Founder and Chairman, Ballymore Group

Seán was born in the village of Oran, near Castlerea in Co Roscommon.
He founded Ballymore Group at the age of 28, a Dublin-based international property development company now considered to be one Europe's biggest development management and construction management business with a turnover in 2016 of £555m and over 5,500 people engaged at every level on current projects.
Ballymore Group is 100% owned by Seán and his family, working on large-scale projects in London, Birmingham, Dublin and across Europe – with a particular focus on urban regeneration.
He recently oversaw Ballymore’s exit from Nama and group debt repayments to various financial institutions whilst retaining one of the best development land banks in London, their significant land bank in Ireland and other significant property investment portfolios.
Seán and his wife Bernadine have five children and are very active in horse racing. They live at the Ardenode Stud in Co Kildare.

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Joseph (Joe) Gilmore – Director

Managing Director, Ireland West Airport Knock

Joe has responsibility for the ongoing development of Ireland West Airport Knock, which includes attracting new international routes, commercial business and investment, the ongoing development of improved airport infrastructure for the region and the positioning of the airport as the airport of choice and gateway to both the West of Ireland and the “Wild Atlantic Way”. Joe is qualified with an honors degree in Physics/Electronics and also an MBA, and has over 20 years experience in senior management positions held in both multinational global businesses and Irish owned private and public sector organizations.

Joe Gilmore

Timothy McDermott – Director


Tim McDermott has over 25 years of experience working in the aviation industry working primarily in the airport sector. He has managed a wide variety of functions including operations, aviation development and marketing at a number of airports across the world. Tim also has experience working in the in the European tour operator and accountancy sectors. Tim is a graduate of Law and Economics from Keele University and has a Masters Degree in Air Transport Management from Cranfield College of Aeronautics. Married with 3 children Tim enjoys spending time with the family when not travelling. Tim joined the Board in 2010.

Timothy McDermott

Most Rev. Archbishop Michael Neary – Trustee & Director

Archbishop of Tuam

Archbishop Neary has been in the priesthood for a total of 35 years and has a wealth of experience managing both parishes and the diocese of Tuam. He is well known for his annual homily at Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday.  Archbishop Neary joined the Board in June 1995.

Most Rev. Archbishop Michael Neary


John Molloy – Director

Managing Director, Aircraft Consultancy & Equipment Sales Limited

Based in Newcastle and a native of Kilmaine, Co Mayo, John commenced his career in banking in Ireland with Ulster Bank Limited, following which he joined ABN Bank in Dublin providing financing to the major Irish industrial companies as well as asset and development financing in the construction industry. In 1985 he joined an aircraft leasing company in Shannon, before going on to join a finance corporation in the UK in 1994 to establish their structured finance division. In 1996, John set up his own aircraft consultancy company, Aircraft Consultancy and Equipment Sales Limited (ACES), to act as a representative for a number of companies in aviation in getting introductions to airlines, leasing companies and financial institutions and completing transactions on their behalf. Activities provided by the company include buying, selling and leasing of aircraft and aircraft engines, offering programmes for airlines including sale and lease back, operating lease and ad hoc leasing of aircraft and engines. Most recently, in 2010, John assisted in the establishment and identified and provided initial capital to help set up the company Eirtrade which stores, manages and sells surplus aircraft equipment provided on consignment from aircraft leasing companies. In 2012 the company set up their facility at Ireland West Airport Knock and have since acquired a number of aircraft for dismantling.

John Molloy


Pat Gallagher– Director

Manufacturing Director for the Europe, Middle-East & Africa, Baxter Healthcare Ltd

Pat is Manufacturing Director for the Europe, Middle-East and Africa region for Baxter Healthcare Ltd with responsibility for multiple sites across this region. Prior to this he was General Manager for Baxter’s Irish Manufacturing Operations, a position he took up in 2002. Before joining Baxter he held various management positions with Abbott both in Ireland and overseas, before returning to Ireland in the mid 90’s to join Boston Scientific in Galway following the start up of the its first manufacturing facility in Ireland. Originally from Gurteen, Co Sligo and now based in Castlebar, Pat is a strong campaigner for better infrastructure in the West and North West regions.

Pat Gallagher


Brian O Dwyer – International Chairman

Senior Partner, O'Dywer & Bernstein LLP

Brian O’Dwyer is a native New Yorker and has spent virtually his entire legal career at O’Dwyer & Bernstein, LLP, a law firm founded by his late father, Paul, at which he is presently the firm's senior partner. Mr. O’Dwyer received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The George Washington University in Spanish-American Literature and his Masters of Arts degree in Spanish-Language Literature from Middlebury College in Madrid. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University and his Masters in Law from The George Washington University. Brian has been a consummate advocate for immigrants’ rights, and founded the Emerald Isle Immigration Centre which is the largest Irish immigrant centre in the United States. His work in the political arena has concentrated largely on promoting Irish and Irish-American interests, and he was part of the delegation that accompanied President Clinton to Ireland on each of his three trips and served as an advisor to the White House on Irish issues including the peace process. He was appointed by President Clinton as a Commissioner of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and was awarded the Director Citation for Exemplary Public Service by the White House Director of Personnel citing his work on the Commission. In June 2011, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, appointed him as Commissioner of the United States National Commission for UNESCO. Brian has actively worked to advance Ireland’s cause in the United States. He has been recognized with numerous awards by Irish organizations; and in June of 2013 was awarded Dr. of Philosphy Honoris Causa by Dublin City University, in special recognition of his work in promoting Irish interests in the United States. Brian is also chairman of the Irish Chamber of Commerce USA where he works to facilitate American investment in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Brian is married with two children.

Brian O’Dwyer