Members Directory

Together our members share expertise, knowledge, experience on cooperative, democratic and community based solutions in a broad range of areas from worker and consumer cooperatives, social care and mental health, arts and culture, housing, ecology and climate adaptation, facilitation and community resilience. This public directory profiles a few of our 40 members, and we will update it over the coming months.

Alice McLarnon

Alice McLarnon

Member

I am a founding member of the Belfast Cleaning Society, Northern Ireland’s first cross-community worker-owned cooperative and winner of the inaugural Living Wage Award, I lead Trademark’s co-operative economic development programme.

Emer O'Siochru

Emer O'Siochru

Member

Architect, Artist, Farmer, Grandmother. Chair of 'Ranelagh Arts' Ltd, a Community Charity supporting Arts and Culture in Dublin 6. Part-time organic farmer of native cattle in Tipperary. Working with the 'Irish Biochar Co-operative' to promote biochar as mechanism to reduce GHGs, increase biodiversity and rural incomes.

Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle

Member

I am a historian of the co-operative movement in Ireland. I am a Lecturer in Politics and Community Development at the University of Limerick.

Conor O'Brien

Conor O'Brien

Member

I am a retired dairy farmer from a tradition of cooperative and local involvement.

Evonne Boland

Evonne Boland

Member

I'm a new-comer to the Cooperative space having cut my teeth with the foundation of OFN Ireland since mid 2020. I'm convinced by the potential of Coops to help empower communities in the response to the challenges presented by the Climate breakdown.

Sam Toland

Sam Toland

Member

I'm a co-operator, governance professional and co-operative development practitioner passionate about starting and sustaining democratic, distributive organisations.

Davie Philip

Davie Philip

Member

I am a community catalyst and facilitator at Cultivate, the Sustainable Ireland Cooperative and the coordinator to the Open Food Hub at Cloughjordan Community Farm, a community-led social enterprise based in the WeCreate enterprise centre in Cloughjordan Ecovillage.

Kevin Flanagan

Kevin Flanagan

Member

I am a researcher, educator and artist, interested in the relationships between social movements, transformative economic practices and grassroots social innovation.

Tiziana O’Hara

Tiziana O’Hara

Member

Tiziana O’Hara has been living in Northern Ireland for the past 20 years and most of her working life has been spent in the local community, voluntary and social economy sector. Tiziana is one of the founder members of Co-operative Alternatives and has a passion for member-led organisations embracing the principles of co-operation and the values of fairness, equality and solidarity.