Board Members

Lochlann Walsh

Lochlann Walsh – President

First Elected – 2013

Sporting Background
Lochlann was a competitive schools and masters swimmer and water polo player before taking up triathlon in 2000.  As a member of Dublin club 3D Tri he was race director for Fingal Sprint Race for four years before being elected club chair in 2010.  Lochlann has competed at European and World AG Championships as well as competing in three ironman races.  He continues to compete in AG triathlon, veterans’ cycle road racing and open water swimming.

Professional Background
Lochlann is the Director of Sales & Marketing for CAE Parc Aviation, the world largest specialist aviation recruitment and engineering services specialist.  With operations in over 60 countries Lochlann’s team has a global remit in selling to aircraft manufacturers, aircraft leasing companies and airlines.  Previously Lochlann worked as Head of Corporate Sales in eircom and Customer Relations Manager in Aer Lingus.

www.linkedin.com/in/lochlann-walsh 


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Bernard Hanratty - Vice President

First Elected - 2016

Sporting Background
Bernard has been involved in the sport of Triathlon since 2009. Bernard held the post of Chairman of Piranha from 2014 to 2016.   Through Piranha's hosting of Dublin City Triathlon Bernard has been intimately involved in race organisation and administration. Bernard's engagement with Triathlon Ireland commenced with an analysis of and recommendation with regard to the development of the National Series in 2013. Since then, the National Series has evolved considerably and the Category 1 Super Series has been created. Bernard was elected to the position of Vice President of Triathlon Ireland in April 2016.

Professional Background
Bernard is a 30 year veteran of Citigroup - working in London and Dublin in a variety of sales and relationship management roles.  Bernard now operates a technology start-up company and is a Change Management Consultant currently engaged as the Acting Director of the National College of Art and Design.

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Paul Duffy - Treasurer

First Elected - 2012

Sporting Background

Paul played soccer for over a decade before transitioning to fell running, adventure racing and then onto triathlons. Although he has not competed now for several years, while fully intending to make a return (some day), he has remained involved at a local level as Treasurer of Peninsula Triathlon Club. 

Professional Background

Paul is currently Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Agency in Northern Ireland. He is a qualified accountant and previously held a number of finance positions within the Northern Ireland Civil Service, including the Director of Finance and Strategy in the former Department of the Environment (NI). He is experienced in delivering major infrastructure and ICT projects, including change management programmes within the public sector. 


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Karl Vekins - Ulster Representative

First elected -- 2015

Sporting Background
Before taking up triathlon, Karl was a long distance paddler competing in many kayak races. In 1971 he won Division 2 of the Liffey Marathon - a two day race in the K1 class.
Karl has been involved in triathlon in Ireland since the early days (1987), he has competed in many triathlons and as a member of the Belpark Triathlon Club would travel all over Ireland to various races.  He was chairman of Belpark TC for many years when he lived in Dublin but since moving to Donegal is now an active member of the North West Triathlon Club.  He is a Technical Official with Triathlon Ireland and is Chairman of the Technical Committee and is the Ulster Branch race secretary.
Karl is also an ITU Technical Official and has been involved at events in Athlone, Limerick and Cagliari (Italy)

Professional Background
Karl is a tutor in the National Fisheries College, Greencastle, Co. Donegal and delivers Maritime Safety courses.  As a Marine Engineer he has worked all over the World in the oil drilling industry, sea bed surveying operations, bulk cargo vessels and seismographic vessels.  His first voyage to sea was bringing relief supplies to war torn Biafra in 1968.



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Ian Haseldine - munster representative

First Elected - 2016

Sporting background
Ian was both a competitive Alpine skier and soccer player at collegial level. He competed in the inaugural Fastnet Triathlon in 2004, and since then has competed in many triathlons and Duathlons over the years including Ironman and full distance events, he also competed in the European AG Championships. Ian has been a TI Technical official since 2007 and for the past three years has been the Munster TO Secretary. He is currently on the TI Technical Committee and delivers courses for new TO’s. Ian has been the chairperson and race director for Schull Triathlon club for the past three years.

Professional
Ian has been the Principal of a National School in West Cork for the past 16 years, prior to that he was a school teacher and sports director of a school in America. 



Tommie Loughran

Tommie Loughran - ConnaCht Representative

Sporting Background
Originally from Meath  but now settled in Westport ,Tommie’s introduction to triathlon came about by accident when he entered North Tipp sprint in Nenagh as a challenge for his 40th birthday. Eight years later Tommie has completed two ironman distance races and several half ironman and Olympic/sprint distance races. Tommie would describe himself as not overly competitive (he checks the result sheets from the bottom up!) but he enjoys what the sport has to offer and the variety in training. Tommie has been a member of Westport Triathlon Club for six years and has been club chairman for three years and is also race director for Westport Triathlon for the last three years. In this time the club has enjoyed national and international success with Con Doherty and Aichlinn O’Reilly  who are both on the Irish squads and the club has some great under age athletes coming through. Club membership has doubled in four years and the club race which has national series status has nearly tripled in size in three years. Tommie is passionate about triathlon and developing the sport across the region.

Professional Background
Tommie’s background is in operations and various management roles over the years in a variety of large multinationals.  Tommie currently is employed  operations manager in a large printing company in Mayo supply into large pharmaceutical companies , previous experience in sales and operations planning management roles, supply chain and project management roles have made up the majority of Tommies last 20 years experience.

Tommie is currently completing a masters in Operations Management in DCU.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tommieloughran



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DARRAGH REA – BOARD MEMBER

First Elected - 2014

Sporting Background
Darragh is a recent convert to the world of Triathlon and is excited about undertaking more events in the year ahead. 

Professional Background
Darragh has 15 years experience in marketing and specialises in integrating communications across digital and traditional media channels, with experience working across a variety of sectors including Food & Alcohol, Sport Sponsorship, FMCG, Tech, Public Sector, Entertainment and Financial Services. He has contributed articles to numerous media publications, judged industry awards and has spoken at conferences highlighting the importance of brand storytelling in a digital age. Darragh is a Director of Edelman UK & Ireland and leads the digital division in Edelman Ireland. This includes work for clients such as Mars, Irish Distillers, Coca-Cola, National Lottery, Danone, Visa, SSE Airtricity, The Westbury, Balfes, My Legacy, IOOA, ABFI, Pfizer, Roche, Abbvie, Xylem and IMRO. In his spare time he is PRO on the council of the Marketing Society. 

Triathlon Ireland's Board of Directors

Board PositionNameContact
Honorary PresidentLochlann Walshpresident@triathlonireland.com
Honorary Vice PresidentBernard Hanrattysecretary@triathlonireland.com
Honorary TreasurerPaul Duffytreasurer@triathlonireland.com
Ulster RepresentativeKarl Vekinskarlvekins2004@eircom.net
Munster RepresentativeIan Haseldineihaseldine@hotmail.com
Connacht RepresentativeTommie Loughrantommieloughran@eircom.net
Leinster RepresentativeJames Gallagherjim.l.gallagher@gmail.com
Board MemberAoife Nashaoifemarienash@gmail.com
Board MemberDarragh Readarragh.rea@gmail.com