IMU Team


Fr. Hugh Mac Mahon ssc
Executive Secretary

Hugh MacMahon is a member of the Columban Missionary Society and has spent most of his life in Korea, Hong Kong and China.

In 2012 he returned to Ireland to take up the role of Executive Secretary of the IMU.

Fr. Hugh’s email is

 Jim Farrell

 Lay Mission Coordinator


Jim Farrell is the new Lay Mission Coordinator for the Lay Mission Union of Ireland (LMUI).

He started work at the IMU on July 6th 2015. He has spent many years working in

Africa and Australia and is very passionate about the work of Lay Missionaries.

Jim’s email is:


Deirdre Ruane

Returned Missionaries Coordinator 

Deirdre Ruane is our returned missionary officer..
Deirdre’s role is to support returned missionaries who have worked overseas and who have returned home.
One of the aims of this role is to look after the physical, psychological, spiritual, and social needs of Returnees while at the same time helping them re engage and find their place once again in Irish Society.
There are a wide range of workshops on offer throughout the year that cater for all the above needs.
Deirdre worked in Rwanda in 1995 for two and a half years as medical coordinator and country Director and more recently in Ethiopia 2010 and 2011 on Rural Tourism Projects .She has a special interest in a holistic approach to health and well being having trained in various Holistic Therapies.Deirdre’s email is
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