About us

The team members have a combined skill base and experience in teaching, training and renewable energy and all have a track record in community work. Our teams focus is to inspire and mobilise homeowners and communities to take ownership for reducing their energy use and using more renewable energy, we do this through

  • The delivery of a programme of education on energy and renewables titled “The Energy Ambassadors”, aimed at individuals and communities. The programme title delivers a message on not only who we are and what we do, but also it encourages homeowners and communities to become energy ambassadors in their homes, places of work and towns and villages.
  • The Energy Ambassadors programme is delivered though a facilitator led, highly interactive, hour long session, that engages people in an enjoyable learning experience, and that will set the foundations for attitude and behavioural change.
  • For those who attend the one hour introductory programme and that need deeper information or advice, the energy team will provide this through further education and workshops.

Team Members

Eugene Conlon
Eugene Conlon – Manager Energy Team
Founding member of the Energy Team with over ten years experience delivering skills training services and solutions to Irish business. Involved in community work for over thirty years, Eugene was one of the founding members of the Dunleer Community Development Board, a community based organisation in Mid Louth where the focus has been to partner with voluntary groups, business and state agencies in building community capabilities and capacity.He has led the establishment of Dunleer as a Sustainable Energy Community, and the successful implementation of a Better Energy Communities programme in the town.

Elizabeth Kearney
Elizabeth Kearney – Better Energy Communities Advisor
Elizabeth Kearney is a member of the Dunleer Community Development Board. Her background is within the manufacturing industry with experience within quality control, research and development and customer service functions.Elizabeth brings to the Energy Team significant knowledge and experience of the key elements to successfully implement a Better Energy Community Scheme (BEC), helping to deliver sustainable energy solutions to the residential, community and commercial premises in the Town of Dunleer. Taking the scheme from the initial start-up, delivering on timelines, communications with all stakeholders and budget management thus ensuring successful implementation. Elizabeth is the lead for the 2017 planned BEC scheme to incorporate Mid Louth.

Gerry Reaburn
Gerry Reaburn (M.Sc.) (B. Eng.) – Energy and Renewables Specialist
Also a founding member of the Energy Team, Gerry is an Independent Renewable Energy professional who specialises in Rural Community Development. He works as a trainer, lecturer, researcher and teacher, working mainly from the Centre for Energy and Renewables at Dundalk institute of Technology (CREDIT).His main areas of work are in sustainable energy solutions for individuals, homes, farms, businesses and communities. He has worked extensively in these areas for over a decade and has been heavily involved with projects for state agencies, local authorities and local development companies. Projects undertaken include those under INTERREG, PEACE, LEADER, Horizon 2020 and REDZ.

Gerry holds a Masters and Post Graduate Diploma in Renewable Energy Systems, a Higher Degree in Product Design Engineering and Diplomas in Rural Development and Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a FETAC Level 6 qualification in Energy Crop Management.

Gerry sits on the current Dunleer Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) steering committee and is the representative for the border region for the wider SEC programme. He is also involved with the International Energy Agency, Design Side Management Task 24 (Energy Efficiency). He is a former member of the Irish Bioenergy Associations (IrBEA) Wood Fuel and Energy Crops Committee and sat on the first two North/South Peoples Panels.


Martin Cassidy
Martin Cassidy – Educational Advisor
Martin holds an Assistant Principal position at Scoil Uí Mhuirí Dunleer County Louth. He has extensive experience in teaching across the cohort of Technological subjects. Martin holds a first class Master’s degree and post-graduate Diploma in “Information and communication technologies in education” from the University of Limerick and currently develops and delivers teacher Curriculum Professional Development (CPD) programs for the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST).Throughout his career, Martin has held a number of school management positions and has driven initiatives within the Department of Education and Skills within Engineering and Technology. In 2006, Martin was seconded by the Department of Education to act as Assistant National Coordinator for the design, development and rollout of a CPD program for a new Leaving Certificate subject – Technology. Supported by a team of four full time staff and 10 part time facilitators, this project was successfully delivered and the subject was first examined as part of the national curriculum in 2009.Martin sits on the current Dunleer Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) steering committee representing Scoil Uí Mhuirí Dunleer.
Martin joined Scoil Uí Mhuirí from Plunkett School, Whitehall, Dublin having spent six previous years in industrial engineering before pursuing a career in education.


Sarah Gardiner
Sarah Gardiner – Marketing Specialist
Sarah Gardiner, owner of Blue Duck Marketing. Sarah has a wealth of marketing experience having worked in the industry for over 15 years. Sarah has a passion for community and local business, she is involved with a number of businesses and charities in Louth. Working with traditional marketing methods as well as digital marketing, there is always an eye on great communication. Sarah is an avid runner with six Marathons under her belt.


Energy Admin Team