Board and Staff



RADE has a voluntary Board of Directors who ensure that the project remains innovative and addresses the needs of our participants. The RADE Board are a strong cross-section of experience and talent that provides a sound foundation upon which RADE operates.

RADE board members are:

Eoin Ryan

Fedelma Martin, company director, Martin & Co. Chartered Accountants

Tony Geoghegan, CEO, Merchants Quay Ireland

Theo Dorgan, poet, writer, broadcaster, member of Aosdána
Carmel Furlong, school principal (retired)
Dominique Cleary, Solicitor, writer
Anna Quigley, Coordinator Citywide
Colm Ó Cléirigh, company director, Ó Cléirigh Architects


Project Director
Michael Egan

Michael Egan, who initiated the RADE programme, has been working in community and professional theatre as both a playwright and actor since the ’70s. He has also worked on film acting/writing/directing. He established the first FÁS scheme in the Merchants Quay Project and worked there from ’92 to ’96. During this period he wrote, directed and produced a number of short drama pieces which were performed by clients of the Merchants Quay Project. This culminated in the production of his play Laughers and Screamers, performed during the Dublin Theatre Festival ’96. Michael produced Theatre in Education work in Down to Earth Theatre Company, where he also developed the pilot Theatre/Arts/Drugs group that became the RADE project.

Programme Co-ordinator
Síne Lynch (Currently on maternity leave)

Síne Lynch joined the RADE team in November 2006. She graduated from University of Limerick with a Bachelor of Business Studies degree. In 2009, Síne completed her Business Management Certificate in UL. She began her career in business development in the commercial sector before moving into the community sector. She is responsible for financial management, programme development, project management of artistic events and publicity surrounding RADE events.  Síne also facilitate weekly drama workshops. She has produced many of RADE’s live stage performances including the critically acclaimed shows Source, The Last Ten Years  at Dublin Fringe Festival. Síne’s film production experience saw her producing films shortlisted at the BelfastCharlie Chaplin and Clones Film Festivals. She is also a qualified drama teacher and conducts drama workshops to prepare participants for theatre and film performances.

Programme Co-ordinator
Chantelle Maritz

Chantelle studied Political Science and Public Health. Originally from South Africa, Chantelle started with the Irish Traveller Movement in 2006. This is a Not-for-Profit membership organisation that works with members of the Travelling Community nationwide. Chantelle joined Rade in May 2017 and is mainly responsible for administration and finances.

Programme Co-ordinator
Andrè Lyder (Maternity leave cover)

Educated at Blackrock College and the University of Guelph, Ontario, Andre has had a varied and colourful career in both Ireland and abroad. This includes extensive experience in Community Development work in Dublin’s south inner city. He is a former Chairperson of the South Inner City Local Drugs Task Force.

Rehab & Training Co-ordinator
Averyl Swords

Averyl joined the RADE team in December 2006 and is responsible for overseeing the running of RADE’s Rehab Service managing a team of three Project Support Workers and three counsellors. Averyl also facilitates a weekly Relapse Prevention Programme, looking at encouraging participants to change their drug-using behaviour through the use of CBT techniques. Averyl supervises the key-working of 21 programme participants and has acquired a number of years’ experience in community-based projects. Averyl achieved a Masters in Social Science, an NUI Cert in Drugs Counselling and Intervention Skills, both from UCD, a HDip in Health Services Management and, more recently, an NUI Cert from Maynooth in Adult Guidance Counselling.

Support Worker

Owen Gleeson 

Owen has keen interests in fashion, art, drama and animals. He has starred in two short films ‘The Bakery Job’ and ‘The Bus Stops Here’ with a local community group in his hometown. Owen also has a background in Hairdressing and has done some studies of Fashion and Art Design.  Having come from a disadvantaged, poverty stricken area; Owen has witnessed first-hand the devastating impact addiction can have individuals, families, and communities as a whole. Having huge compassion for this, Owen went on to complete the QQI level 7 Higher Certificate in Addiction Studies with NUI Maynooth and is currently completing the QQI level 8 Diploma in Arts Addiction Studies also with NUI Maynooth. Owen is also a Facilitator for Smart Recovery and has certificates in Motivational Interviewing, Choice Theory and SAOR. Owen is also on the Board of Directors of Neart Le Chéile and has worked voluntarily in local community based organisations.

Support Worker
Monika Rampal 

I came to Ireland in Jan 2016 for doing my Masters in Addiction studies from Dublin Business School. I came in contact with RADE in May 2016 during our clinical visit. I have a background in Holistic sciences and started volunteer acupressure in RADE from June 2016. I passed my graduation (BSc), Level 8 from India. I also have certificate and Diploma in acupressure, acupuncture, SUJOK acupuncture, Electro-homeopathy, Nutrition and health education, Naturopathy and Yoga sciences.

My holistic background and the wisdom that I have gained thus far for 13 years provided me with many resources that will be helpful to my career in health sciences as I have come into contact with many charitable organisations. Here, I came across so many patients suffering from mental stress and addiction. This is a common and devastating problem globally including India. After 2 years of regular search I found DBS offering Master degree (Level-9) in addiction studies and I decided to join DBS for this post graduate degree programme. During our clinical visits from DBS I came in contact with RADE and started my journey as a volunteer acupressure and Yoga instructor in RADE. Soon after my final examination in Jan 2017 I also started working as a support key worker with RADE and enjoy working with the participants.

Support Worker
John Gavin 

John learned about Rade down at the Intreo office and immediately liked the ethos of Rade. John has spent several years in the caring industry in various capacities. He has been been involved in music and has a love of drama and art and while not directly involved in productions he has worked in the administration side of it. John is starting back in Inchicore College of Further Education in September studying Social Care and is hoping to keep up with Rade in a placement capacity after that. John watched “high hopes” with David Brophy and one couldn’t fail to realise how artistic people with addiction can be. A large part of his work is one to one with Rade participants and he really enjoy this as it gives him a chance to support participants to fulfil their potential.


Lenny Abrahamson, film maker
Pom Boyd, writer, stand-up comic
Steven Burke, writer
Stuart Carolan, writer/producer
Jack Cawley, sound technician
Juliet Clancy, writer
Cathy Coughlan, dance artist
Tony Curtis, poet, broadcaster, member of Aosdána
Emma Downey, costume designer
Jason Figgis, camera man
Eugene Finn, film archivist
Maeve Ingoldsby, writer
Dan Keane, AV technician
Rodney Lee, acript writerfilm maker / editor
Declan Lynch, film editor
Malcolm MacClancy, writer
Trish Mcadam, film maker
Paula Meehan, poet, dramatist, member of Aosdána
Sean Millar, musician and songwriter
Gerry McDonnell, poet/playwright
Bren McElroy, actress
John McNamee, writer
Alessandro Molatore, film maker
Olga Criado Monleon, costume designer
Larry O Bryan, author
Joe O’Donnell, writer/magician
Mark O’Halloran, actor, writer
Darryn O’ Kane, Designer (costume & lighting)
Judith Ryan, actor, script writer and director
Dave Stone, film maker
Peter Young, stained glass artist
Paddy Lynch, comic creator, graphic designer
Deirdre Keirns, yoga Instructor
Brian Flanagan, film maker