The Very Reverend Dermot Dunne
The Very Reverend Dermot Dunne is Dean of Christ Church and the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough. Dermot is a native of Mallow Co. Cork; he was ordained deacon in 1983 and Priest in 1984. He is a graduate in philosophy and theology of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and is a Masters graduate of Dublin City University. Dermot served as Dean’s Vicar at Christ Church where he served his title for two and a half years before being appointed incumbent of the Crosspatrick and Carnew group of parishes in the diocese of Ferns. Dermot was appointed to the deanery at Christ Church in May 2008 having served the diocese of Ferns for seven years.
The Reverend Abigail Sines, The Dean’s Vicar Originally from Hampton, Virginia, in the USA, Abigail has lived studied and worked in China, Hawai`i and Belfast before relocating to Dublin to undertake training for ordination at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. Contemplating a vocation for ministry was certainly unexpected turn in life! Abigail’s undergraduate and post-graduate studies were in international relations and Chinese language, and her previous work was for the Hawai`i based East-West Centre, and education and research organisation. There she worked as part of a team organising and facilitating seminar and short courses for professional journalists and young women leaders from around the United States and the Asia Pacific region. Despite greatly enjoying this work she sensed God’s guidance to undertake a course in theological studies in Belfast, for which her dissertation focused on the place of interfaith dialogue in Christian spirituality. It was during this time of study she began to feel a sense of vocation for ordained ministry. Having come from a free church background, she found that quite unexpectedly the path unfolding before her led her into the Church of Ireland and to Dublin for training. As part of her studies, she served her diaconate year in the parish of Glenageary, Co. Dublin, and her academic dissertation focused on the formational and missional aspects of the service of Holy Communion. Abigail was appointed as curate to the Christ Church Cathedral Group of Parishes in 2015 and in 2016 moved into the role of Dean’s Vicar.
Ian Keatley, Organist and Director of Music
Ian is Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral. He is responsible for the direction of the Cathedral’s music, both at the daily choral services and the many diocesan and national occasions which take place there. He directs the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral in its programme of concerts, broadcasts, recordings and tours. Before moving to Dublin in January 2012, Ian was Director of Music at Westminster Abbey Choir School and was previously Deputy Master of Music at the Chapels Royal, Her Majesty’s Tower of London. From 2004 – 2006 he was Organ Scholar at Westminster Abbey where he played at a number of royal and state occasions including the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II, broadcast live on BBC television, and state memorial services for former Prime Minister, Lord Callaghan and comedian Ronnie Barker. Ian was Assistant Director of Music at Croydon Minster from 2000-2002. Whilst Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral from 2002 – 2004, Ian founded and directed the Cathedral Merbecke Choir which performed services, concerts and recitals for City of London livery companies. In 2004 he graduated from the Royal College of Music where he was a prize winner for organ performance. Before moving to London in 2000, Ian was a Vicar Choral at Wells Cathedral and studied singing with Ashley Stafford in Oxford. Recently Ian has performed organ recitals at Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral, St Alban’s Abbey and Truro Cathedral. In 2009, Ian performed an organ and bagpipe duet recital with Pipe Major Jim Motherwell (Personal Piper to HM The Queen) at Westminster Abbey – a first for the recital series at the Abbey!
Ms. Susanne Reid, Head of Tourism and Events
Susanne’s role is to develop leisure and business tourism to the cathedral. She has enjoyed various senior business development and sales and marketing positions within the Irish tourism industry over the last 20 years. Her primary degree is in modern languages (French and German) from Trinity College Dublin and she holds a postgraduate degree in Cultural Tourism from Maynooth University and a postgraduate diploma in Digital Marketing with the Digital Marketing Institute. She recently completed the Failte Ireland Management Course for Visitor Attractions.
Ms. Deirdre Cantwell, Finance Manager
Deirdre is responsible for the finance function of the Cathedral. She previously trained as an auditor in one of Ireland’s leading accounting firms and has also worked as an accountant in the financial services industry. Deirdre graduated from Limerick Institute of Technology with a Honours Bachelor Degree in Business Studies.
Mr. Ruairí Ferrie, Operations Manager
Ruairí is originally from Galway, and is a graduate of the University of Limerick andn University College Dublin. After working for a period in office administration in Galway, Ruairí spent several years working as an archaeologist in Dublin and throughout the east of Ireland. When he wasn’t doing this he was touring around Ireland, Europe and the US as a musician. Ruairí joined Christ Church Cathedral in spring 2011, and is responsible for the overall operation of the Cathedral.
David Bremner, Assistant Organist
He moved to Ireland in 1999 following an Organ Scholarship at Keble College, Oxford, having previously been a chorister at Durham Cathedral. He was Organ Scholar at both Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral in 2002-2003. From 2003 to 2010 he was Organist and Director of Music at Sandford Parish Church and St Philip’s Milltown. David has performed with many of Dublin’s leading ensembles, including the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and Crash Ensemble. More information about David and his work can be found on his website here.
Ms Caroline Richards, Organ Scholar
A native of County Antrim, Caroline is a recent graduate of Music Education (BMusEd) at Trinity. Beginning her musical studies on violin and piano, gaining diplomas in both, she began studying organ with Dr David Adams after moving to Dublin. She has also developed an interest in choral singing and conducting, furthered by her Erasmus studies in Kecskemét, Hungary, in the Kodály Institute of Music Education. She was a member of the Charles Wood Singers in August 2015 and 2016, broadcasting on BBC Radio 3 as well as performing in several concerts, and is a keen arranger and orchestrator of choral and instrumental music. Caroline has been musical director in the parishes of Castleknock and Clonsilla, as well as Terenure College Chapel. In the past academic year she conducted Trinity College Singers, including on their international tour to Hungary.
Mr Thomas Maxwell, Junior Organ Scholar
Thomas began organ studies with David Adams at the age of 11. A former chorister at St Patrick’s Cathedral, he is now in Transition Year at Sandford Park School where he holds a music scholarship. He has won 1st place in Junior competitions at the Feis Ceoil (2014) and the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition (2014 & 2015). Thomas also studies piano with Ann Keary at DIT and is an accomplished drummer, performing regularly at Sandford with the band “The Drivers”.
Ms. Shawn Talbot, Events Coordinator
Shawn works in all aspects of the cathedral including event management, marketing and general administration. Shawn obtained her BSc in Archaeology and Geology from University College Dublin in 2011 and her GDip in World Heritage Management from University College Dublin in 2013. In her spare time, Shawn sings and performs with the CÓRus Choir.
Ms. Jessica Plunkett, Tourism Officer
Jessica works in all areas within Christ Church Cathedral including the office, welcome desk, helping out with events, lunchtime recitals, general administration and is currently being trained in on doing tours which she is very excited about. Jessica has a keen interest in Drama having studies and got her Degree in Theatre Studies. She has performed in numerous productions and loves going to the theatre on a regular basis.
Ms. Ruth Kenny, Education Officer
Ruth is responsible for the Cathedral’s education programme. An art-historian by training, she has many years’ experience working in the cultural education sector. Prior to joining the Christ Church Cathedral team, she worked as an Assistant Curator at Tate Britain, where she worked on various exhibition projects including the ground-breaking show ‘Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm’ and the hugely popular ‘British Folk Art’ exhibition. Ruth has also worked at the National Portrait Gallery, London, with the Little Museum of Dublin and the National Gallery of Ireland, and has taught and lectured widely at UCD, NCAD, Yale and Birkbeck College amongst others.
Mr. Joseph Walsh, Head Verger
Joseph has been in Christ Church since 2013. He works in all aspects of the cathedral but mostly in the running and maintenance of day to day life in the cathedral. Joseph loves working in the cathedral as every day brings a new challenge which he enjoys. Joseph is currently involved in 7 different Irish charities, raising money and hosting events to raise as much money as possible.
Mr. Daire Daly, Head Verger and Tour Guide
Daire has worked at Christ Church Cathedral since 2009. Hailing from Wexford, Daire has had a varied career travelling throughout Europe with his military and security background. Daily, Daire is Health & Safety Officer, Verger and Tour Guide. He has an amazing knowledge of all things sport especially boxing, rugby and golf. He also has an excellent reputation for his daily cooking.
Mr. Freddie McKeown, Dean’s Verger
Freddie has been with us at Christ Church Cathedral since 1991 and learnt his skills as Dean’s Vicar underneath Archdeacon Jenkins. He has a deep l0ve of liturgy and admires the great Anglican churches in London, such as All Saints, Margaret Street.
Ms. Maureen Reid, Sacristan
Maureen has worshipped in the cathedral for 14 years. She has worked as a volunteer on the welcome desk and in the shop before becoming sacristan. She works with the Dean’s Verger, Freddie McKeown in preparing and setting up the Eucharist and any other services that take place. She also looks after the altar linen and is part of the group that prepare the intercessions for Sunday Eucharist. Her interests include walking her dog, music, reading history and medical books. Her latest interest is taking part in a new venture in UCD as a patient educator for doctors.
Mr. Bernard Woods, Diocesan Lay Reader
A native of Dublin, Bernard has been engaged in the commercial world which embraced Shipbroking, Consumer Electronics, Plastics and Catering. He is a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and in past years has been their Honorary Secretary and a Vice-Chairman. Having moved home to within the St. Bartholomew, with Christ Church, Leeson Park, Parishes, he and his late wife, Anita Maria (Lockhart) (called home 2007), became regular worshipers there since 1994. He retired from business Directorships in 1997, deciding to focus more upon his Christian belief. He was elected to the Select Vestry and served as Vicar’s Warden and Peoples’ Warden. He attended the Church of Ireland Theological College (now Institute) and completed the Archbishop’s Course in Theology in 1998, and Pastoral Studies in 2000. Following two years of study he was Commissioned a Diocesan Lay Reader (Lay Minister) by Archbishop Most Rev’d Walton N.F. Empey on St. Luke’s Day, 18th October, 2000, at Christ Church Cathedral. Further studies of Theology and Philosophy followed at the Milltown Institute. Over the years as a Diocesan Reader he has assisted at many Parishes and in particular at St. Thomas, Mount Merrion; St. Philip & St. James, Booterstown; St. Bartholomew, Clyde Road; Christ Church, Leeson Park; St. Patrick, Donabate; St. Columbus, Swords; St. David, Killsallaghan; St. Audoen, Cornmarket; St. Catherine & St. James, Donore Avenue. In 2014 he was enrolled as a Member of the Register of Readers and is entitled to the benefits from that status. Bernard is now serving as the Cathedral Diocesan Lay Minister.
Mr. Jonathan Bull, IT Support
Jonathan has worked in various parts of Christ Church Cathedral since September 2014. Although he joined originally as a Lay Vicar Choral in the choir, he has branched out in other areas of cathedral life and helps with marketing and promotions as well as running the website. Jonathan obtained his BA(Hons.) in Theology and Religion from the University of Exeter in 2012 and would like to study Music, particularly voice, further in the future. Outside of Christ Church, Jonathan is an avid follower of all things rugby and cricket related and used to play before injury put paid to his professional ambitions…
Ms. Megan McDonnell, Verger
Megan has worked in the cathedral since June 2015. She started on the welcome desk and has since taken on the roles of Verger and Tour Guide. She began actor training in September 2015 and is now one of our weekend staff. Megan has a passion for history and story telling so she was delighted to become a tour guide and loves being a part of the cathedral team.
Ms. Jaque Hespanha, Events
Jaqueline is originally from Brazil but moved to Ireland in the summer of 2015 to further her studies. She has been with Christ Church since October 2015 and she works on events, the maintenance of the cathedral and on the welcome desk. Jaqueline loves working in the cathedral as it gives her the chance to meet people from across Ireland, as well as interact with tourists visiting from all over the world. She speaks Portuguese and English.
Ms. Helen Dawson, Welcome Desk Assistant and Tour Guide
Helen is from Dublin, born into the Christ Church Cathedral group of parishes. She studied Classics and Philosophy in Trinity College. After graduation she worked for a year as a church organist before going to northern China for two years as an English teacher. She has worked in the cathedral since her return at Christmas time.
Mr. Christopher Hynes, Events
Mr. Roberto Bruxel, Events
Mr. Andrew O’Hare, Verger
Ms. Michelle Goonan, Welcome Desk Assistant and Tour Guide
Mr. Victor Black, Diocesan Lay Reader
Mr. Geoffrey McMaster, Diocesan Lay Reader
Dr Stuart Kinsella
Dr Kenneth Milne
Historiographer of the Church of Ireland, Dr Kenneth Milne was appointed honorary keeper of the archives in 1992, and has chaired the committee (originally advisory to him rather than, as now, reporting directly to the Board) since its establishemtn in September 1993. He also edited the cathedral history in 2000 and is an active member of the Board and the Friends.