Kelly and Susan Curry
Founders and Directors
Originally from Belfast, Mike came to An Tobar Nua in 2001 after several years in the medical manufacturing industry. With nearly two decades of experience in charity work and his business expertise, he oversees our daily operations. He also leads our Youth Outreach initiatives which works with students (secondary school) across the country. He is an avid fan of full-contact sports and trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. When not at An Tobar Nua, Mike can be found pursuing his passion for kayaking with his family.
Head Counselor – An Tobar Nua
Thomas joined the An Tobar Nua staff in 2002. As an MIACP certified Irish counselor, he has a BSc in Counseling & Psychotherapy and is fully accredited by the Irish Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy and the Irish Association of Christian Counselors. As our Head Counselor, Thomas has been a vital part of developing our confidential and non-judgmental counseling service. Thomas has a heart to accompany individuals as they journey towards healing and wholeness.
Licensure & Accreditations: M.I.A.C.P., BSc (with Honors) in Counseling & Psychotherapy, Diploma in Christian Counseling & Psychotherapy, Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Post-Graduate Diploma in Child & Adolescent Counseling
Megan Gordon O’Murphy
Counselor; Manager & Staff Chaplain – An Tobar Nua
Megan joined the An Tobar Nua team in 2004. She plays an active role in staff leadership and pastoral care. Megan has a BSc in Counseling & Psychotherapy and is fully accredited by the Irish Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy. She has a heart to support and assist people in overcoming life’s challenges as they move towards healing and positive change.
Licensure & Accreditations: M.I.A.C.P., BSc (with Honors) in Counseling & Psychotherapy, Diploma in Christian Counseling & Psychotherapy, Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Post-Graduate Certificate in Family Therapeutic Skills
Manager- An Tobar Nua
Jimmy has spent more than 19 years traveling the world in charity management. Originally from Houston, Texas, he joined the An Tobar Nua team in 2013 and manages the cafe as well as the staff and Mission Experience Volunteers team. Jimmy also serves as our Human Resources manager for the growing team. With stamps in his passport for over twenty countries, he is always looking for a new adventure. When not at An Tobar Nua, Jimmy can be found repurposing old broken collectables or exploring life with his family.
Manager – Bothar Emmaus Bookshop
After many years in the retail industry with one of Ireland’s most successful brands, Deirdre joined the team in 2006. Her love for knowledge and her heart to help others find scriptural answers to life’s problems made the bookshop the perfect fit. She is originally from Cavan but has been a Galwegian since 1991. When not at An Tobar Nua, Deirdre can be found volunteering in her local parish or spending time with her daughter and granddaughter.
Youth Outreach Manager;Connaught Retreats Team Coordinator
A native Galwegian, Andrew came to An Tobar Nua in 2014 after working for two years prior with a local church in Galway City. He graduated with a degree in Highway Engineering and was a former student of IBI (Irish Bible Institute) College. A talented singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Andrew often leads worship in different venues in Galway City and for student ministries associated with the café. He enjoys writing music, kickboxing and spending time with his wife and children.
Leinster Retreats Team Coordinator
From County Laois, Michelle joined the An Tobar Nua team in October 2017. She has a colorful background, having initially pursued acting and performance education, whilst living in Los Angeles. Following her time in LA, she decided to return to Ireland and to embark on a new road that led her to study Theology and English at Maynooth University. She became a secondary school teacher; teaching in Crumlin for a number of years, before returning to the States, only this time finding herself in New York City. It was in NYC that she became actively involved in working with youth, which sparked her journey leading teen retreats. In her spare time, she enjoys the simple things in life such as theatre, film, arts and crafts making, hiking and discovering new places.
Munster Retreats Team Coordinator
Originally from Ballinasloe, Séamus graduated from NUIG with an Arts degree in English and History. He spent three years in Asia teaching English before studying at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in California. He now runs a Christian youth group in Galway city where gets to share his two passions with teenagers: God and History.