Bróna Haughey
Bróna HaugheyChairperson
Bróna has been a great champion for this area both in her voluntary roles as Chairperson of Friends of Sliabh Fuait and Secretary of Naíscoil an Chéide, and in her role as Councillor for Cusher on ABC Council. Bróna is a fluent Irish speaker and holds a BA in Irish and Celtic Studies from Queen’s University and, although she is also a qualified and experienced Irish-Medium teacher, she moved on from education and is now an Events Officer for An tOireachtas. Bróna has a keen interest in environmental issues and enjoys walking and hiking in the Sliabh Fuait area and beyond, having completed the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
Maeveen Brown
Maeveen BrownSecretary
Maeveen has a strong background in event management from past roles managing bars, and involvement in many community groups and sporting clubs. She has worked for Alzheimers Society as a Community Fundraiser in the past and continues to volunteer for the Society as a Dementia Friends Champion and organises a Memory Walk around Seaghan Dam each year. Maeveen is an experienced campaigner and currently works as Office Manager for Minister for Finance, Sinn Féin MLA, Conor Murphy. She has a passion for all things community-based with a particular interest in grief support and mental health issues.
Cathy Whyte
Cathy WhyteTreasurer
Cathy has been working in commercial accounts for a number of years.
She has a keen interest in all sports, particularly GAA.
She enjoys hiking in the hills of our beautiful country and beyond, having climbed Kilimanjaro in 2015.
Cathy is passionate about making the countryside accessible to all, and promoting the benefits of walking and/or spending time outdoors both physically and mentally.
Cathy has a keen interest in environmental issues, as well as local history.
Áinín Uí Chaiside
Áinín Uí Chaiside Member
Áinín has been a member of Friends of Sliabh Fuait since it was founded. Her main interest is in the cultural and linguistic heritage of the area as she is a fluent Irish speaker having studied Irish at undergraduate and postgraduate level at Queen’s University. She is also a qualified teacher and, having taught Irish for several years, moved onto full-time Irish Language development and is now a Development Officer with Glór na nGael, a national Irish language organisation. This work means she has worked closely with community groups all over Ireland and has seen first-hand the difference they can make and the fantastic work they do. Áinín is also the treasurer for Keady’s Irish-Medium preschool, Naíscoil an Chéide.
Joan Kiernan
Joan KiernanMember
Joan is a veterinary nurse with 10 years of experience. She has recently moved to the area and has taken a huge interest in keeping the Sliabh Fuait area tidy and accessible to all. She is very interested in all wildlife and the conservation of the wildlife in the surrounding areas. She also has a keen interest in traditional Irish music, playing the guitar, concertina and singing. She has recently enjoyed learning about the local folklore. She enjoys training and walking and hiking with her dogs as well as horseriding. She normally walks to the top of Sliabh Fuait at least once per day with her dogs and is hoping to get her own bee hive soon to help with pollination in the Sliabh Fuait area and to use the honey to make soaps and the wax to make candles.
Willie Monaghan
Willie MonaghanMember
Willie Monaghan is an Irish teacher in Warrenpoint, Co. Down, and an extremely active member of this local community. He is a founding member of a number of groups including Friends of Sliabh Fuait, Naíscoil an Chéide, Darkley History Group and Darkley Rural Community Group, of which he is currently Chairperson. He has been a member of Keady Michael Dwyers since 2003 and was instrumental in forming the ladies’ football side of the club in 2006. Willie is a local history enthusiast and published ‘The History of Darkley’ in 2014. He was also a main contributor in ‘Origins of Surnames in Co. Down’ (2013) and ‘Flames of Freedom: A History of Republicanism in Co. Down’ (2016). He is currently working on publications relating to conflict in West Armagh and the folk stories connected to Sliabh Fuait.
In his spare time, Willie teaches Irish classes in the community and has recently set up Darkley Forest Walking Group, having completed his Community Walk Leader training
Colm Boylan
Colm BoylanMember
Colm comes from a creative background and works in graphic design and marketing. Originally from Armagh and with strong family ties in the Sliabh Fuait area he now lives in Ballymacnab with his young family. With a keen interest in the environment and the outdoors he has a passion for promoting and educating on the virtues of our local area so that it may be enjoyed and preserved by future generations.
Martin McCann
Martin McCannMember
Martin is a founding member of our group after being involved in Community Work for over 25 years. He is a sporting enthusiast playing both gaelic and soccer, but his best achievement was All Ireland Champion at Irish Dancing. Having to retire early from these, he then took up cycling and enjoys the cycle from his home in Armagh to Carrickatuke. He is currently Media Manager and Community Relations Officer in Armagh City FC and Vice Chairperson in Darkley Rural Community Group.
Caitríona O’Callaghan
Caitríona O’CallaghanMember
Catríona O’Callaghan is a founding member of Friends of Sliabh Fuait. She has a degree in business studies and has worked in a doctor’s surgery and in administration roles. She is a mother to four small children and this keeps her busy. At present she is busy homeschooling and enjoys trips out to Darkley and Carnagh forests to break up the day. She is involved in Granemore GFC as all her children are playing members. She is keen to preserve the environment and teach her children how to do the same.
Liam Lappin
Liam LappinMember
Liam is from Armaghbreague and has a keen interest in history and traditional and folk music. Liam joined Friends of Sliabh Fuait due to his passion for hiking and the outdoors. A qualified secondary school teacher, Liam is a full time political activist and previously served as Special Advisor to former Agriculture & Rural Minister Michelle O’Neill.
Conor Hamill
Conor HamillMember
Connor is a commercial diver originally from North East Scotland recently moved into the area. He is interested in conservation and wildlife and the environment. He enjoys hiking and climbing and outdoor and country sports. He can often be seen walking the dogs in the Sliabh Fuait area.
Corriena Flanagan
Corriena FlanaganMember
Corriena has been working as a District Nurse sister for a number of years. She has a keen interest in GAA and a passion for all types of music, her knowledge of lyrics knows no bounds!
She works in the community and has a passion for health care in the home. Corriena is passionate about our environment and its preservation. Having recently moved from the town to Tullynawood she has a new found love for this area, its wildlife, history and most of all, beauty.
Peter Madden
Peter MaddenMember
Peter has been working in hospitality in Armagh and Belfast for many years, he loves spending his free time in the great outdoors. Peter is passionate about conservation and protecting our planet for future generations. As a native of Keady, he wants to help develop the town and the surrounding area.
John McGuigan
John McGuiganMember
Born and raised in the Sliabh Fuait area, John is a chartered architect by profession who has undertaken considerable work across the public and private sectors. Coupled with a love of the outdoors and a particular interest in wildlife conservation and management, his deep knowledge of the local landscape allows him to positively affect the built environment whilst upholding the values of the natural environment.
Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown Member
Kevin is a GAA enthusiast and has been a playing and non-playing member with Granemore GFC for many years. He is a part time farmer and has a keen interest in protecting our local environment as it is integral to the health of livestock and our eco-systems. Kevin enjoys maintaining a good level of health and fitness and regularly utilises the lovely walks around Granemore, Clady and Ballymacnab and he can be found cycling the roads at the weekends. He has a wealth of experience in management and campaigning and is a busy community activist.

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