Board Member Bio’s

Caroline Dooley Martyn

An Environmental Scientist with a background in clinical science and research. Caroline has worked in the voluntary sector for a number of years working across all age groups and disciplines. She has held the roles of Honorary Treasurer and Secretary of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. Following her fathers diagnosis she became a founding member of PSPA Ireland. Caroline is Chairperson of PSPA Ireland for the last number of years.

Barra O Briain

Barra O Briain has a background in finance and management. Barra retired from work in property management to look after his wife Clodagh when she was diagnosed with PSP in 2009 until her demise in 2016. Barra is Secretary of PSPA Ireland and a founder member.

Liam Mulready

Liam Mulready has a background in the hospitality industry and has been a keen athlete all his life with many medals under his belt including gold Dublin Cross Country Master Championship  He looked after his wife Kathryn who was diagnosed with PSP until her demise in 2018 . Liam Mulready is Treasurer at PSPA Ireland and a founder member.

Patrick O’Mahony

Patrick O’Mahony professional career spans both the private and public sector. With vast experience in the banking and Financial Services Sector and the Irish Medicines Board. Third World Aid work and consultancy are also part of the experience

Dr. Sean O’Dowd – Scientific Advisor

Dr. Sean O’Dowd is a Consultant Neurologist and Co-Director of the Institute of Memory and Cognition at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH)      He completed a Research Fellowship and MD in CSF biomarkers of the tauopathies at UCD and was funded to undertake further   subspecialist training in movement, cognitive and sleep aspects of neurodegenerative diseases in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2015. He   subsequently worked as an NHS consultant at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and as Honorary Consultant at the Cambridge   Memory Clinic at Addenbrooke’s Hospital before returning to his current appointment at TUH. Dr O’Dowd has an active interest in   tauopathies such as Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Corticobasal Degeneration and is Theme Lead for atypical parkinsonian syndrome  at TUH, Ireland’s only ERN-RND approved centre for Atypical Parkinsonian Disorders.

Maria Bailey

Maria Bailey is currently a lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Limerick. Maria has worked in the healthcare system in both Ireland and the UK and has an extensive background in palliative care, community care. Her research interests include aspects of palliative nursing, pain management and spiritual care. Maria was a Home Care Sister for a hospice in inner city Birmingham UK before moving to Ireland. Having worked as a Clinical Nurse Manager at Milford Care Centre, she made the transition into teaching in 2002 joining UL in 2006. Maria cared for her husband until his death from a PSP related illness.

Diarmuid Kennedy

Diarmuid Kennedy has a background in technology and the financial markets in Chicago, London and Dublin.  For the past five years, he has been working in a research centre in DCU. Diarmuid is a pianist and composer of national and international fame. Many will have attended his fundraiser for PSPA Ireland in 2020. He cared for his mother who suffered from PSP.