Meet Our Team

Gerard D’Arcy

Gerard worked with a semi-state organisation as a building services engineer for over 40 years. In the last 15 years his emphasis has been mainly on renewable   energy for domestic, commercial, industrial and community buildings. Gerard is semi-retired at the moment and has continued carrying out some engineering work,  mostly on a voluntary basis. He is a Board member of the Galway Civic Trust and acting treasurer, an EI chartered engineer and holder of a BComm  (UCG) and MSc Mechanical Engineering (Brunel University, London).
Gerard has worked with communities throughout the Gaeltacht on renewable energy projects over the last fifteen years, provided mentorship to graduate engineers from NUIG, GMIT, SIT and LIT. He has worked extensively with communities on SEAI grant applications. Gerard is a past member of the Galway Cathedral Gospel Choir and the Tribe Tones choir, he helped to establish a new community choir in September 2021 with a main  emphasis on mental wellness.


Ulf Strohmayer

Ulf Strohmayer is a native of Freiburg, Germany, and has lived and worked in Germany, Sweden, France and Wales, and has obtained his PhD in Pennsylvania before settling in the West of Ireland some 20 years ago. An urban geographer by training and inclination, Ulf is equally passionate about the historical development of cities as he is engaged in practical solutions to contemporary urban problems. He teaches at NUI, Galway where he is the Established Professor of Geography.


Declan O’Shea

Declan is an IT professional who returned to third level education as a mature student, achieving a  degree in IT and Archaeology from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is currently completing research in Landscape Archaeology at NUIG. Declan has a special interest in vernacular farm architecture and the streetscapes of Irish towns. His technical career began as an engineer with the US Navy in San Diego. He traveled extensively before returning to Ireland and finally settling down in Galway.