Full-Time Elected Officers
The SU Officers are also based in the Students’ Union Building. If you wish to see any of the officers you can pop into the SU Info Centre to see if they are available for a drop-in meeting or to arrange an appointment. The Officers were recently students just like yourself, so they can always relate and help you out in whatever way they can.
Katie Deegan // MSU President
A Business Management graduate, Katie is your President for 2019/20. This is her second year as an elected officer after serving as VP Education last year. As SU President Katie is the CEO and Chief Spokesperson of the Union and represents the interests of Maynooth students when the University are making decisions.
Read more about Katie and her Role
firstname.lastname@example.org / (01) 708 6436 / (087) 908 3602
Michael Butler // MSU VP Education & Deputy President
A Biology & Maths Teaching graduate, Michael is your VP Education and Deputy President for 2019/20. Michael can offer students advice on academic matters and direct people to the appropriate supports across the University. The Academic REP system is also a major part of his brief.
Read more about Michael and his Role
email@example.com / (01) 708 4712 / (087) 278 5204
Ciarán Watts // MSU VP Welfare & Equality
Ciarán is your VP Welfare & Equality for this year while on a sabbatical from studying Primary Teaching. Ciarán can offer students support and advice on wellbeing matters and direct people to the appropriate supports across the University. Ciarán will be running many campaigns across the year, so expect to meet him all across campus!
Read more about Ciarán and his Role
firstname.lastname@example.org / (01) 708 6808 / (087) 630 6433
Paul Kenny // MSU VP Clubs, Societies & Student Engagement
Paul is in his second year in the position after graduating in 2018. Paul wants to ensure that students get involved in extra-curricular activities and really get the most out of their time in Maynooth. If you become involved in a Club or Society Paul will be the person to turn to for support or advice.
Read more about Paul and his Role
email@example.com / (01) 708 6249 / (087) 957 8923
PART-Time Elected Officers
You will often find your Part-Time officers in the Students' Union building too! These officers are taking on these roles alongside their studies, so you might even see one of them sitting in your class!
Finn Nolan // MSU Science and Engineering Faculty Convenor
Finn is a 2nd Year General Science student, studying Mathematics and Computer Science.In his role as the Science & Engineering Faculty Convenor, Finn is a primary means of communication between the students and the Academic Representatives in the faculty, and the MSU Executive. Always here to help!
Read more about Finn and the Role
Julian Nagi // MSU Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy Faculty Convenor
Julian is a 4th Year Single Major Geography student. In his role as Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy (ACSP) Faculty Convenor he represents the student voice on University ACSP Faculty and chairs the ACSP Faculty Assembly. He is passionate about Academic, Commuter and Accommodation issues and would love to hear from you!
Read more about Julian and the Role
Ruairí Weiner // MSU Oifigeach na Gaeilge & Gnóthaí Cultúrtha
Ruairí is a final year Anthropology and Criminology student. In his role as Oifigeach Ruairí ensures we are heading towards a bilingual Union, University, and society. As well as that, the role celebrates the cultural diversity in our University far and wide. Contact Ruairí about anything to do with his role or areas of interest
Read more about Ruairí and the Role
It takes a lot of work behind the scenes to make MSU tick. From Representation and Communications, to Events and Finance- your SU full-time staff support your Officers to ensure that your Union is able to represent MU and SPCM students’ interests to the highest level.
Sandra Byrne is the Finance & Operations Manager for Maynooth Students’ Union (MSU). Sandra joined MSU in June 2012 in a finance capacity and took up her current role in April 2017. Sandra and the team of staff at MSU oversee all of the operations, services and supports that MSU strives to deliver each day, through the Student Centre Facilities, the MSU Bar and Venue, the Front Office Information and Services Centre and the MSU Londis Shop in the John Hume Building on behalf of their student members, the President, Elected Officers, and representative groups of MSU.
Sandra had over 20+year experience in large scale industry in Ireland and fully embraced the move into the Student Union Sector, grasping very quickly the mission and principles of what the Students’ Union sets out to achieve and prides itself on making sure that everything is done in the best interests of its members.
Sandra alongside the current and past Student Union Presidents, Executive and team of staff in MSU have overseen the growth and development of the organisation over the past number of years into a place where the culture and ethos wholly embrace the true sense of a student lead organisation, and look forward to continuing to build on that into the future.
firstname.lastname@example.org / (01) 708 6070 / (087) 297 7075
Dillon graduated from Maynooth University with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and is currently undertaking an MSc Management and Corporate Governance from Ulster University. Throughout his academic life, Dillon has been an active contributor to MSU with a multi-varied perspective of the organisation. Dillon was previously positioned as Deputy Returning Officer, assisting the Returning Office in supervising and executing elections and referendums. Dillon also functioned as an Operations Team member, providing assistance to the sabbatical officers and coordinating their events.
Dillon was elected as Vice President Education / Deputy President of MSU in 2015 and as President and CEO in 2016, overseeing budgets and annual workstream planning, and acting as a primary student representative to the Governing Authority & Academic Council and Chief Spokesperson of the Union. Subsequently, Dillon joined the MSU full time staff team as a Union Development Administrator, working to build upon successful policies enacted in his term as President of MSU.
In his current role of Director of Democratic Affairs, Dillon is primarily focused on enhancing student representation, transparency, and student engagement in decision making. His key areas of interests lie in bolstering student democracy, accountability, and constitutional compliance throughout MSU.
Dillon loves Maynooth so much! SO MUCH HE HAS NOT LEFT IT!
Dillon is a member of the Corporate Governance Association of Ireland (CGAI) and is studying to become a chartered member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).
email@example.com / (01) 474 7253 / (086) 874 6967
Colin Maher is the Director of Facilities and Services at Maynooth Students’ Union (MSU). Colin joined the team in 2010 as an Audio Visual Engineer having completed a degree in Audio Visual Media Technology at Dun Laoghaire Institute Of Art Design & Technology. In 2012 Colin returned to study at Maynooth University while working at MSU and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Engineering. So Colin truly understands what it means to be a Maynoothian!
Through extensive involvement with events at MSU and other external events, including Body and Soul and Electric Picnic from 2012 - 2016, Colin became Events Manager at MSU in 2016. Events operations and health and safety are intrinsically linked to ensure events on campus operate at industry standard and beyond. Colin undertook a MSc in Environmental Health and Safety at the Technological University Dublin in 2017 and graduated in 2019. In 2020 Colin moved to Director of Facilities and Services at MSU.
Colin works closely with the team to deliver student centred services while managing the organisations daily operations, events, facility and health and safety requirements. In 2020, Colin will celebrate 10 years of working at MSU.
firstname.lastname@example.org / (01) 708 3946 / (085) 718 4899
Ann Marie returned to education back in 2007 as a mature student. She studied to be a teacher, right here in Maynooth. Having received her qualifications, she decided she loved Maynooth so much that she would stay!
Ann Marie worked within the University for a number of years, before changing positions and starting to work with us in the SU in July 2017. As Front Office Manager she can be found behind the 'Green Door' and can assist you if you are looking for your Student Leap-card, to meet your MSU officers, hoodies, printing, binding, information, parcel-point, etc.
Always prepared with a smile, just pop in and say hello to Ann Marie anytime you are in the SU.
email@example.com / (01) 708 3669
Eddie studied Visual Communication and Professional Design Practice through to Masters level across Institutes as varied as Waterford IT, University of West London and TU Dublin. He is currently studying for a Postgraduate Cert in Student Engagement in Higher Education through Winchester University.
Eddie has worked in the Higher Education and Students' Union areas for over 12 years, beginning as a graphic designer for TU Dublin SU and now as Communications Manager for MSU. In his current role Eddie is primarily focused on ensuring the Union communicates effectively with its membership while supporting the elected officer team in delivering engaging and results focussed campaigns.
An avid lover of pastries and coffee, Eddie can be easily bribed with sweet treats- good to know!
firstname.lastname@example.org / (01) 474 7467 / (087) 269 1580
Louise joined the Accounts Office back in 2015 and instantly found herself at home! With over 25 years years of bookkeeping and payroll experience, across many companies and sectors, she provides a safe pair of hands for the Union's finances.
Louise works away from the limelight on the practical work of accountancy and plays an important role in producing reliable financial information. If you work for the Union in any capacity Louise will be one of the first faces you see as she sets you up on payroll and begins your induction.
email@example.com / (01) 708 6049
Louise studied Business Studies Management in IT Tallaght leaving with a BBS. She worked in a number of other industries before finding her home in the MSU.
Louise is a relatively new member of the team, only joining us in 2019. She has taken up the role of Representation & Democracy Administrator. She will be working with the Student Senate, Academic Assembly and other relevant committees to ensure their smooth operation during the year and to enable your voice and decisions to impact the daily running of the Union.
/ (01) 474 4709
The SU Shop is headed up by General Manager Brian, Assistant Manager Fiona and Shop Assistant Jackie. They lead the student staff and ensure the busy shop delivers on providing students with the best value on campus.
Brian and his team are always happy to hear about any ideas or suggestions to improve our offering. Just tell them what you are thinking next time you are in the shop!
(01) 708 3876
The original double act, our Bar Managers Conor and Dec head up the student staff in the SU Bar. They work to ensure that students have a great space to meet up, chill out and enjoy the entertainment!
Prices in the Bar are student friendly and a warm welcome will always await you from Dec, Conor and the entire team.
(01) 708 3945