Meet the team, discover our stories

Our Irish team is based in Limerick’s O’Connell Street. Before sharing your stories, discover ours.

Narrative 4 Ireland’s Empathy Centre, 58 O’Connell Street Limerick

Board members

  • MusicianView Bio

    Colm Mac Con Iomaire


    Colm Mac Con Iomaire is an Irish musician and composer. His father’s people came from the Connemara Gaeltacht. On his mother’s side there was classical instrumental music on the violin and piano. His first musical collaboration happened while he was still in school, a contemporary trad band Kíla. Playing in Kíla was accompanied by a long spell busking with band members in Dublin streets. A friendship with another busker Glen Hansard was followed by a leap into the professional mainstream and a new role, playing fiddle with the wildly popular Frames. From there, he was invited to write scores for films and has released his own solo albums. His new record is titled The River Holds Its Breath / Tost Ar An Abhainn.

  • Suzie LopezView Bio

    Suzie Lopez

    Suzie Lopez

    Suzie Lopez supports the empowerment and compassion empathy education allows students. Focusing on encouraging young writers at the crossroads of Transition Year, Suzie founded the annual Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary at the Museum of Literature Ireland. A passionate Joycean, Suzie has been grateful to be on N4 Ireland board for several years.

  • WriterView Bio

    Colum McCann


    Colum McCann is President and Co-Founder of Narrative 4, which he began to help shape in 2004. He is the author of six novels and three collections of stories. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, has been the recipient of many international honours, including the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish arts academy, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, and an Oscar nomination. In 2017 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts. His work has been published in over 40 languages. His most recent novel, Apeirogon was a New York Times bestseller, and winner of several international prizes.

  • Vicki NashView Bio

    Vicki Nash

    Vicki Nash
  • William ShipseyView Bio

    William Shipsey

    William Shipsey

Staff members

  • Programme Assistant, N4 IrelandView Bio

    Oisín Cooke

    Programme Assistant, N4 Ireland
  • Programme Coordinator, N4 IrelandView Bio

    Laura Duff

    Programme Coordinator, N4 Ireland
  • Programme Manager, N4 IrelandView Bio

    Rachel Gleeson

    Programme Manager, N4 Ireland
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    Dr James Lawlor

    Director Narrative 4 Ireland


  • TrainerView Bio

    Eileen Hanley

  • TrainerView Bio

    Richard Hannafin


    Richard is a secondary school teacher. For the last number of years he has been working in a probation service as an art teacher. He has been working with Narrative 4 as a trainer since 2017. Richard has facilitated a number of Story Exchanges, including students of the probation service and the Gardaí and an inter-generational Story Exchange between men and boys in Moyross, Limerick.

  • TrainerView Bio

    Sheila Richardson


    Sheila is an Artist, Visual Arts Lecturer and Art Psychotherapist based in Limerick. She is passionate about the power of the arts to facilitate individual and collective transformation. 

    She works with a diverse range of marginalised groups. She founded, with James Lawlor, the Girls Stories Project at Narrative 4 in 2017, a support group for young migrant women new to Limerick City.