Meet Our Irish Alpha Youth Team

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National Youth COordinator- Amanda O’Shea

Amanda lives in Dublin with her husband George where they foster two children, Ava and Adam.

She brings over 20 years of experience in youth and family ministry to our Alpha team. At 19 years old she pioneered an urban ministry in Atlanta, GA, USA. Amanda moved to Jackson, Mississippi six years later where she served as a Youth Pastor. In 2007 Amanda moved to Dublin, Ireland to serve as a Youth and Children’s Minister. For the past ten years she has also led teams to run Alpha-Youth in local secondary schools. Amanda holds a degree in Youth, Children and Family Ministry.

Loves books, snow-skiing, hiking and theatre. 

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Midlands Coordinator - Annette Evans

Annette lives in Tullamore with two of her four children, Sian, Josh, Mark and Jonathan. Annette joined the Alpha Ireland team in January 2014 as the Midlands Alpha Youth Regional Coordinator. Prior to that she volunteered for three years with Alpha Youth in her parish. Annette also runs prayer spaces in conjunction with Alpha Youth Holy Spirit Days. She is currently studying for a BA in Theology. 

Annette is actively involved with youth in her parish, leading a weekly youth group and managing youth worship band.

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Cork Coordinator - Theresa Cronin

Theresa lives in Cork with her husband Tim and their five children Charlie, Simon, Grace, Barry & Mark.

Theresa has worked as a teacher of History and RE at second level for many years and has been actively involved in running Alpha in her parish for the past 10 years. In 2016 Theresa joined the Alpha Ireland team as the Cork Alpha Youth Regional Coordinator.

She has a heart and passion to see all people, especially young people, come into a living, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

She also loves to chat, cook and play lots of tennis!


Cork Coordinator - Deirdre Lightbody

Deirdre lives in Cork with her family. She joined the team quite recently after supporting the work happening in Cork as a volunteer.

Fun Fact: Deirdre’s daughter Miryam is on the Cork team also as a mission team member.


East Coast Coordinator - Shannen Greenhalgh

Shannen lives in Dublin with her family and dog. She has recently graduated with a degree in Social and Community Development and hopes to use this along with her experience and passion to create a space through Alpha for young people to meet with God.

She enjoys walking her dog on Portmarnock beach, visiting Howth (her favourite place), browsing Dublin markets, finding cute spots to eat and loves to travel any chance she can get!

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Mission Team (East Coast) - Beth Gilroy

Beth Lives in Dublin with her husband James. She has taken a year off from her nursing career to work with youth and serve for a year. She is great at playing games with young people and loves to chat.

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Mission Team (Midlands) - Liam Burke

Liam is part of our Mission team for the year. He also works part time with Youth for Christ in the Midlands and is great banter.

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Mission Team (Cork) - Miryam Lightbody

Miryam is part of our mission team in Cork. She has a heart for young people and has made some killer prayer boxes in her day. She has a kind heart and an open ear for young people.