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Pádraig Rice

Pádraig Rice is the Coordinator of the Gay Project. He is responsible for the day to day management and leadership of the organisation. A graduate of University College Cork and the University of Oxford, Pádraig previously worked as a Parliamentary Assistant to an independent Senator. He has also worked with Trócaire in Uganda and with Carr Communications in Dublin. As a student, Pádraig was Chairperson of UCC LGBT Society when it was named Ireland’s Best Student Society in 2012. In addition to working at the Gay Project, Pádraig is a part-time postgraduate Law student in UCC. Pádraig is originally from a village called Camp (ironically some might think. He loves to run, read and hangout out with his boyfriend Aaron.

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Michael O Donnell

Michael O Donnell is a Community Worker with the Gay Project. He helps to develop, support and maintain a wide range of varying community groups. In addition, he manages volunteers, gives talks and does a large degree of promotional work. Michael is also the founder of Frontrunners Cork LGBT+ Running Club, the first-ever LGBT Rep on the Cork Drug and Alcohol Taskforce and former Chairperson of UCC Social Science Society. Michael graduated from University College Cork with a 1:1 and works there also as an academic supervisor on a part-time basis. He is currently aiming to complete his Master's Degree from UCC in 2020. Michael is from Listowel originally but has spent most of his adult life in Cork and lives with his partner Thomas in the city.

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Mark Holland

Mark Holland is a Community Worker with the Gay Project. He helps with the day to day running of the Community Centre. This involves welcoming people, providing people with information and distributing resources. Mark lives near Clonakilty.

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Konrad Im

Konrad Im is a Volunteer Leader with the Gay Project. He's a former Mr Gay Cork and Mr Gay Ireland, that now produces the annual heats in search of future LGBT+ advocates. Konrad is currently studying Community Development is CIT where he is also Class Rep and the Chairperson of CIT LGBT* Society. He is also Volunteer Youth Leader for UP Cork LGBT Youth Group and Volunteer Coordinator for Cork Pride Festival as well as being heavily involved in the organisation of the Cork Pride Festival events while also finding the time to volunteer with the Sexual Health Centre Cork, St. Vincent De Paul and other community organisations. He's passionate and dedicated to creating a society that is fair and inclusive for all and believes that any one person can make a change, no matter how big or small.

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