Preparatory work in setting up Bergerie Trust CLG. commenced in 1990. It aims to provide accommodation for homeless elderly adults (male & female) who are capable of independent living from the Limerick area. The board of Bergerie Trust Ltd. comprises of representatives from local businesses and two Good Shepherd Sisters.
The Trust derives its name from the French language (Bergerie which means Shepherding)
OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Mr. Don Reddan
I commenced work in the Royal Insurance Company in Mallow Street, Limerick in September 1957. I worked with the same company until 1969 and decided to open my own Insurance Brokerage during that year.
I had studied for the ACII during that period and obtained my examinations and qualified in 1966. I succeeded in becoming an FLIA in Life Assurance at a later date.
Our Company is still in existence and I continue to work there as an Executive Director.
I have always had an interest in sport and spent a lot of my time playing rugby and when I retired went into coaching primarily with schools, Crescent College mostly.
I have been involved in voluntary work a long number of years and find it very rewarding on a personal level and hope that my efforts make a difference to others.
Bio to be added soon.
Mr. Tom Loftus
Resident in Limerick since 1993.
Educated in St Augustine’s College, Dungarvan, Co Waterford, and University College Cork (B.Comm., 1977).
Worked in a number of Government Departments/Offices between 1977 and 2018, including:
- 1977/78 – Civil Service Commission – organising recruitment competitions;
- 1978-1991 – Department of Labour – administration of employment schemes, maintenance of accounts, application and updating of employment rights legislation;
- 1991-2006 – Revenue Commissioners – responsibilities at different points in relation to debt management, compliance, enforcement, payment accounting and IT;
- 2006-2018 – Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine – management responsibility inter alia for regulation of Ireland’s meat and dairy processing industry, administration of BSE controls, recovery of costs of official controls, structured communication with stakeholders.
Mr Tony Ford
Tony was born in Limerick. Tony completed his Leaving Certificate in CBS Sexton Street and graduated, from University College Cork (UCC), in 1974.
Tony worked for 38 years for the Office of the Revenue Commissioners. During his work in Revenue, Tony worked in the areas of Debt Management, Management Information, Customs and Excise enforcement. In the latter role, Tony was responsible for managing Revenue’s enforcement policy for Clare, Limerick and Kerry.
Internationally, Tony represented Revenue, in Washington, on the establishment of the United States Pre – Clearance Facility in Shannon Airport. Tony took part in an Exchange Programme with the Tax Administration of Finland and in an EU Benchmarking Project on the Evaluation of Free Zones, with representatives of the German and Italian Customs Administrations.
Tony also served as the Revenue representative on the Mid – Western Regional Drugs Task Force.
Born in Limerick.
Educated in St Johns Convent school and CBS Sexton Street.
Married Mary Corcoran in 1962 and worked in the Family Business Butcher shop, and I am still working full time in the business, with our son Gerry.
I have been involved in the Credit Union movement for almost 45 Years, and held the position of chairman for 8 three year terms, and served as secretary for three terms.
I have been a member of St Johns Parish Council since its formation, and Chairman for a number of Years. I am secretary of the St. John’s Cathedral Finance Committee since 1998, and am active in our local resident’s association.
I am a member of the Board of the Bergerie Trust since 1997 and acted as Chairman for two terms.
I enjoy being involved in a voluntary capacity in these organisations, and hope to continue to do so.
Sr. Margaret Lynch
Originally from Kilalee in Limerick City, she trained in General Nursing in St. John’s Hospital before joining the Good Shepherd Sisters. She subsequently qualified with a BA in Theology, a Graduate Diploma in Child Care and an MA in International Development. She has worked in the area of homelessness in Cork City, with Women Experiencing Prostitution in Dublin and internationally in the area of Development and Human Rights, particularly in relation to women and children.
Mr Seán Ó Donncha
Seán was born on Inisheer, the smallest of the three Aran Islands. His education, at second level, was with Ardscoil Éanna on the Crumlin Road in Dublin and, at third level, with Trinity College, from where he graduated in 1976.
Seán has worked mainly as a Civil Servant starting in the Department of the Environment in 1979. In addition to Environment he has also worked with the Departments of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs and with the Revenue Commissioners.
Seán’s work has been broad ranging, including responsibilities for customs enforcement, agriculture appeals and overseas development aid.
As an Agriculture Appeals Officer Seán had responsibility for finding on disputes between the Department of Agriculture and farmers dissatisfied with Department decisions relating to their participation in programmes sponsored by the Department and the EU.
While with the Irish Aid Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Seán had responsibility for leading on engagement with a number of partners and processes – especially in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction – and including at the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015.
Ms. Deirdre O’Sullivan
Deirdre lives in Newport Co. Tipperary. Obtained a Bachelor of Social Science Degree in UCD in 1973. Worked for an Adoption and Fostering Society in London from 1973 to 1976. Was appointed as a Housing Welfare Officer with Limerick City Council in 1976. Deirdre’s main areas of responsibility were Housing Allocations, transfers and recommendation regarding grants for the elderly and the disabled. Deirdre was the Liaison Officer with agencies providing housing for the Elderly. She retired in March 2015.
Sr. Ethna McDermott
Sr. Ethna McDermott, a native of Derry, has served on the board of Bergerie Trust since July 2014. She is a trained teacher with specialisation in Art and English literature. She also holds an MA in Pastoral Leadership.
Ethna has many years’ experience of working in community-based services for women and children and street outreach to women in prostitution. She spent a total of 13 years in the Czech Republic, where she was co-founder and director of ‘Služby Dobrého Pastýře’ – SDP (Good Shepherd Services) in Ludgeřovice, Czech Republic from 1997 to 2002 and 2012 to 2014. SDP provides residential services for women and children.
Ethna also served as Secretary General for Good Shepherd Sisters in Rome from 2004 to 2010. She is currently province leader of Good Shepherd Sisters in Ireland.