Brendan Ring
Brendan RingCEO/Co-Founder
Brendan is the co-founder of Cliona’s Foundation and is Cliona’s father. He is also a director of Cube Limited, a printing and packaging company based in Limerick. Brendan has been the managing director of CUBE since he acquired the company in 1996 with two former directors.

Born in County Limerick Brendan studied Industrial Engineering at the School of Professional Studies in Limerick before achieving his master’s in Business Management with the Open University. In 2010 Brendan took full control of Cube. Under Brendan’s leadership the company is now a recognised leading provider of design, print and packaging throughout Ireland. As the company continues to grow the focus is not only on providing outstanding print solutions but also on value added services offered to top tier companies in multiple business sectors.

Charlotte Kavanagh
Charlotte KavanaghPartnership and Engagement Manager
Charlotte joined Cliona’s in January 2022 after ten years with The Hope Foundation where she was Chief Fundraising and Communications Executive.

Highly experienced in the areas of media relations, networking and digital marketing, fundraising, event management, corporate partnerships, brand development and operations management, Charlotte’s style is energetic and proactive with a focus on collaboration. Charlotte’s role is varied, however, her priority is to leverage skills and experience gathered from a long career in the fundraising and communications sector to influence awareness, growth and financial success of Cliona’s.

Charlotte’s most recent role, during her ten years at The Hope Foundation, was as Chief Communications and Fundraising Executive where she directed the communications strategy and communications team for the organisation in Ireland, US and UK. Charlotte also directed the fundraising strategy whilst overseeing implementation of fundraising activities, campaigns and the fundraising team in Ireland.

“I am delighted to bring my experience in the public and non-profit sector to Cliona’s to help grow as a national organisation. I have a huge admiration for the work they have done thus far. The families who Cliona’s support are truly inspirational.”

Charlotte developed a love for camping during Covid 19 restrictions and is mad for the beaches of Kerry. She loves animals and was inspired by her daughters to rescue, foster and rehome street cats. They kept 4 of them! Charlotte lives in Co Limerick with her husband Nessan, daughter Lucie, and too many pets!

Phil Deegan
Phil DeeganMarketing and Fundraising Coordinator
Phil brings a wealth of experience to her role at Cliona’s having spent 25 years in Shannon Development Company where she held senior roles in industrial property management and development & tourism product development in the Shannon region. Projects she was involved in include; 1st Phase of Limerick City Boardwalk, King John’s Castle redevelopment, Shannon Region Trails and Burren Ecotourism, all of which equipped her with excellent people, project management, collaboration and relationship skills.

Phil’s varied role at Cliona’s includes engaging with potential fundraisers by supporting them in developing, organising and promoting their event. Phil also initiates and co-ordinates Cliona’s fundraising events while also encouraging participation for Cliona’s in independent events. Phil is highly skilled in social media marketing and website content management. Phil is responsible for the many online financial and fundraising platforms that Cliona’s utilises.

In addition Phil submits grant applications on behalf of Cliona’s. Phil also engages with family applicants and has huge empathy for their situations. Phil represents Cliona’s at fundraising and networking events and opportunities while also managing many corporate partnerships.

Outside of work Phil enjoys all sports, has played & coached basketball, loves to walk and also swims in West Clare. She also likes to sing out loud sometimes (the team can confirm this!).

“I feel privileged to be part of the Cliona’s team as we engage with the most special & inspiring people every day of the week!”.

Phil lives between Thomond Park & The Gaelic Grounds in Limerick with her husband Fergal, daughter Ciara & dog Snowy.

Darren Sheahan
Darren SheahanMarketing Communications Executive
Darren joined Cliona’s in the summer of 2019 and became the lead project coordinator for the national bag pack that took place in nearly 40 Dunnes Stores in the months of August and September.

He holds a Bachelor of Business (Honours) degree in Enterprise & Innovation from Limerick Institute of Technology.

He also organises and supports major fundraising events such as the Inter-firm charity race day, the 2 million steps challenge and “Give a Gift for Cliona’s” at Christmas.

Darren also submits grant applications on behalf of Cliona’s and supports the development of Cliona’s Trusts and Foundations submissions.

Darren excels for Cliona’s at coordinating events, social media marketing, website content, networking and relationship management.

When he is not working hard at Cliona’s, Darren loves music, dogs, sport, socialising and travelling.

“It is an honour to be working for this special charity. Having met some of the families and seeing the feedback that we receive, these families are an incredible inspiration for what they go through.”