Ambassadors

Ronald McDonald House Charities Ireland is very lucky to have four Ambassadors. Our Ambassadors are on hand to promote the work of RMHC at the many events we run during the year. They also use their own Facebook and Twitter pages to promote the work we do.

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Shane Jennings

Shane Jennings (ex Leinster and Ireland Rugby player) is a very active ambassador for The Ronald McDonald House as well as being on our Board of Trustees.  Shane was on hand last year to promote our Gathering Ball. He also visits the House regularly to meet with our families. They always love to have their photo taken with a Rugby Star. Shane also acted as Starting Marshall for our Cycle in April. We are very honored and pleased to have Shane support the work of The Ronald McDonald House.

Johne Murphy

Johne is from Rathangan, Co Kildare. He played rugby for Leicester and then moved to Munster in 2010. He has been an RMHC Ambassador since 2014. He actively promoted our 10th Birthday Campaign and our Annual Cycle in April. Johne is always on hand to promote the work we do.

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Brenda Donohue

Brenda Donohue (RTE Radio) visited the Ronald McDonald House for Valentine’s Day in 2009 with Jack L for The Derek Mooney Show. Brenda met the families and saw firsthand the work the Ronald McDonald House does and she was delighted to be asked to be an Ambassador for the charity. Brenda has very kindly hosted our Gala Ball in the past and officially opened our new house at 45 St. Mary’s Drive in March 2010. Brenda acted as Finishing Marshall for our Annual cycle in April.  Many thanks Brenda for all your support.

Jake Heenan

Jake Heenan

Jake is a professional rugby player from New Zealand. He is currently playing for Connacht Rugby. Jake has been an RMHC Ambassador since 2014. He takes an active interest in the work the charity does. He has invited some of our Galway families to at home matches and looked after them exceptionally well. He has actively promoted our Galway #Walking4Families Event and will attend on the day.

Dr. Marc O’GríofaMarc O'Griofa

Dr Marc O Griofa is an emergency physician who was most recently an Aquanaut Crewmember as part of NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) Undersea Mission 21.

http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/aquanauts-splash-down-beginning-neemo-21-research-mission

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/NEEMO/index.html

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/nasa-selects-irish-doctor-to-monitor-aquanauts-1.2720869

http://www.thejournal.ie/nasa-mission-under-the-sea-2865920-Jul2016/

Marc has been involved with this mission for a number of years as a physician, rescue diver and principle investigator.

In addition, during the mission, we did the first DNA sequencing underwater (trouble shooting the process for Kate Rubins for use onboard ISS), pioneered new telemedicine technology and collected samples for state-of-the-art telomere regeneration technology.

In addition, as a brief background:

–        Principle investigator for Project CASPER which flew onboard Shuttle and ISS

–        NOAA trained diving medical officer

–        3 years Space Shuttle triage team physician at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

–        Medical director and instructor for combat medicine and battlefield trauma for Special Operations Forces (SOF) engaged in counter-terrorism, hostage rescue & personnel recovery

–        PhD biomedical engineering

–        Biomedical technology innovation for spaceflight and other extreme environments

–        FAWM graduate

As both a physician working in healthcare and caring for patients, trying to be there for people that I care about and living and working in some of the world’s most extreme environments I have seen and dealt with adversity on many different levels.