Board Members

Lochlann Walsh Headshot

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. 

Bernard Hanratty Headshot Oct 2018

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.

Karl Vekins Headshot

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.  Karl is a Technical Official with Triathlon Ireland and 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. Ian has been the chairperson and race director for Schull Triathlon club for the past three years.

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. 

Darragh Rae Oct 2018


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. 

Conor MacGuinness

Conor Macguinness - FINANCE director

First elected - 2019

Sporting Background
Conor has been involved in the sport of triathlon since 2011 and was appointed to the position of Finance Director at Triathlon Ireland in May 2019. Conor has completed in triathlons from sprint distance to Ironman and is a member of Belpark Triathlon Club.  He also participates in various running and cycling events and has been an avid golfer for many years and previously played rugby.


Professional Background
Conor has academic qualifications in B.A. Accounting and Finance from Dublin City University and a Masters in Business Administration from UCD Smurfit Business School. Conor has a 20 year career in financial services and has worked in Ireland, Switzerland and Luxembourg during this time. Conor now works as Managing Director at DMS Governance, a leading global provider of risk, compliance and governance services to the investment management sector and is an approved as a Director on investment companies by the Central Bank of Ireland.

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anna deegan - Ordinary director

First elected - 2020

Sporting Background
From a very young age horses were Anna's passion, and she spent most of her spare time on horseback competing in local competitions or exercising racehorses at home in her family's stables. In 2018, Anna swapped the stirrups for cleats and has never looked back.  Anna's first triathlon was the sprint at Tri Athy 2018 and she was hooked before even getting out of the water.  After that Anna joined Athy TC, which she says was the best decision she has ever made.  Anna loves training and racing, and continued to race sprints in 2018 and then in 2019 finished Ironman 70.3 in Cascais, Portugal.  

Professional Background
Anna spent the first part of her career incorporating her passion with her job, working with racehorses and has held managerial positions in some of the largest establishments in the country. In 2017 Anna began a career change, again incorporating her passion for sport into her job.  "If you love what you do you will never work a day in your life".  Anna is the first Women In sport Development Officer with Kildare Sports Partnership, along with being a Fitness instructor, Personal Trainer, Swim Teacher, Lifeguard and Sports Massage Therapist.  In 2018 Anna took up the role of Secretary of Athy TC, a role she is very passionate about.  

Triathlon Ireland's Board of Directors

Board PositionNameContact
Honorary PresidentLochlann 
Honorary Vice PresidentBernard Hanratty
Finance DirectorConor MacGuinness
Ulster RepresentativeKarl Vekins
Munster RepresentativeIan Haseldine
Ordinary DirectorEmma Killian
Ordinary DirectorAnna Deegan
Independent Board MemberDarragh Rea