Dublin City Interfaith Forum


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Alison Wortley

Secretary National Spiritual Assembly
of the Bahá’ís of Ireland

Alison is a Medical Scientist by profession and currently Secretary General of the Bahai Community in Ireland.
She has worked in the area of community building and the promotion of religious tolerance for many years.

Vidyakara Balfe

Vidyakara Balfe is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order and is based in the Dublin Buddhist Centre.

Sinead Lynch

Sinéad Lynch is Young Women’s National Leader with the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) in Ireland.

Sinéad Lynch is Young Women’s National Leader with the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) in Ireland, a lay Buddhist organisation whose members all over the world practice Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism.
She has a passion for interfaith work and is also an activist in the areas of gender equality, women and security and peace–building. She is currently finishing her MA in Community Education, Equality & Social Activism at NUI Maynooth.
Sinéad is chair of the DCIF.

Fr Brian O’Toole Cssp

Justice Officer with the Irish Missionary Union and Ireland representative with Africa–Europe Faith and Justice Network

Fr. Brian is the current Justice Officer with the Irish Missionary Union and Country Representative of Africa–Europe Faith and Justice Network. At present he serves on the BOM of St. Michael’s College, Dublin. For the 11 years period (2000–’11) he was Justice & Peace Coordinator with the Spiritan Congregation. Before returning to Ireland in 2000 Fr. Brian worked in Ethiopia for 18 years in the areas of: ecumenism, first evangelization, community development, informal education and relief work.

Sr Susan Jones

Student Support & Development
Inter Faith Centre at Dublin City University

Damian Jackson

Damian is from Dublin, a member of the Adelaide Road congregation of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. The focus of his PhD study is in migration and integration, specifically how different influences (popular culture, media, government, faith background) compete and combine in our unconscious in the formation of our attitudes to people of other cultural and faith backgrounds. He also likes cycling, photography and is a keen tennis fan!

Darren McCallig

Dean of Residence and Chaplain, Trinity College Dublin 2

The Revd Darren McCallig is Dean of Residence and Chaplain (Church of Ireland) at Trinity College, Dublin. He is a member of the Church of Ireland’s Commission on Christian Unity and Dialogue and secretary of the Church of Ireland’s Inter Faith Working Group. He is also a Minor Canon of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin and a Honorary Clerical Vicar of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

John Mathews

Treasurer and member of Indian Orthodox Church in Ireland

John is serving as the Parish Secretary to the Indian Orthodox Church in Dublin. He traveled across the republic to identify the community and encouraged the community to come together and organized few other churches of the Indian Orthodox Community in Ireland.

He works closely with the Network of Orthodox Churches in Dublin and is a member of the Dublin Council of Churches. He worked closely with the Parish Integration Project and maintains contacts with various Indian Organizations, Clubs and the Embassy of India.

John Stephens

John is the Superintendent Minister of the Dublin Central Mission, which is located opposite the Luas stop on Lower Abbey Street. This is a Methodist multiethnic congregation who meet for worship on Sunday mornings at 11am.

Prior to this John served as a University Chaplain in Trinity and UCD. He is married to Gillian and they have 3 daughters.

His interests include participating in Triathlons and cycling.

Deepak Inamdar

Member of Hindu Cultural Centre of Ireland

Deepak is now retired from Irish Civil Service. He worked in different capacities with various organisations, community and others viz. India Club, EU’s Migrant Forum, National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI), Know Racism, etc. He is representing Hindu Cultural Centre Ireland (HCCI).”