How it all began
Jennifer McCarthy Flynn
Head of Operations & Development
Clinical Services Director
Clinical Services Manager
Úna Crawford O’Brien is an Irish actor, best known for her role as Renee Phelan in the long-running soap opera, Fair City which has been broadcasting since 1997. Additionally, she has done a lot of stage work, including Menopause the Musical and Grumpy Old Women.
She was previously married to Brian O’Brien, and they have two sons, Tim, and Fionn. They also had a baby daughter Sorcha, who sadly passed away at 17 weeks, from SIDS (Cot Death). After the death of her daughter Sorcha, Úna became involved with FirstLight.
Úna’s partner is Irish actor, Bryan Murphy. She supports FirstLight as an Ambassador in many ways, specifically around FirstLight’s Mile in Memory Walks.
Gerard Heneghan is 19-years of age from Clonberne, County Galway. Gerard is a first-year student at Dublin City University, studying primary school teaching while working part-time at his local service station. He lives in Clonberne with his parents Paddy and Bernie and 17-year old brother Seán. Gerard’s second brother Noel born prematurely at 32 weeks on Christmas Eve, 2000, died at home of SIDS on January 27th, 2001. Following contact from University Hospital Galway, Gerard’s family received support from the Irish Sudden Infant Death Association (now FirstLight). Gerard has been supporting FirstLight since he was 13 years old, raising in total over €18,500 in donations via the Baby Noel Heneghan Barn Dance. In 2021, Gerard Heneghan joined the FirstLight Fundraising Committee and was appointed a FirstLight Ambassador alongside Irish actress Una Crawford O’ Brien.
Board Members and the Chairman are volunteers and donate their time without payment. FirstLight is committed to complying with and implementing The Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations of Ireland.
Oliver Blackwell: Chairperson
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Ciara Regan: Secretary
Rita O’Reilly: Treasurer
Lisa O’ Hara
Brian Rowntree, CBE
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