Edible Landscape Project

About Us

Board of Directors/Trustees:

Siobhan Costello Murphy

Siobhan holds a key role in the development of ELP financial policy. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Accounting and Finance and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA).



Oliver Whyte

Oliver is a GP in Westport town. He has an interest in our native ecological heritage. He is also passionate about food security and the health and environmental benefits of quality organic produce.



Sinéad Wall

Sinéad Wall is a teacher of various visual arts disciplines with over twenty years experience at both further and higher education levels. She was awarded a Masters degree from UCD in the History of Irish Art and Architecture in 1994, and delivers specialist lectures to visiting American University Alumni. Sinéad is also a practicing print-maker and presently teaches at Westport College of Further Education.




Edel Hackett

Edel specialises in media relations, public affairs and media and advocacy training. Edel was appointed to the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) in 2009.  She has completed a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, where she specialised in freedom of expression, children’s and minority rights.



Orla Murphy

Orla Murphy is an advocate for community based design, participatory planning and place making. She brings her skills as a registered architect and a lecturer in Architecture in University College Dublin to the Board of the Edible Landscape Project.  Orla is passionate about the potential of rural towns and their public and shared spaces as sustainable alternatives to mass urbanisation, and has written and exhibited on the subject at home and abroad, most recently in the co-curation of the Irish Pavilion, Free Market, at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018. Orla is a keen gardener, having initiated the Railwalk Community Garden in Westport, where she enjoys learning about how to grow food along with her family and neighbours.




Caithriona McCarthy – ELP Programme Director

Caithriona McCarthy founded the Edible Landscape Project in 2012. It was while living in Spain that she became acutely aware of the importance of community, the food we eat as a community, and how and where that food is grown. This experience, and her subsequent experience advising on sustainable business development, led her to create the Edible Landscape Project.  She combines her time as a lecturer in Sustainable Horticulture and Entrepreneurship at Westport College of Further Education in Co. Mayo, with developing community based sustainability projects. Caithriona graduated with a BA (Hons) from UCD, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from The Michael Smurfit School of Business, UCD. Caithriona also holds an MSc in  Organic Farming Profession from SRUC in Aberdeen.


Paula Halpin – ELP Workshop Leader

Paula is passionate about local issues and community development projects. She is engaged on a voluntary basis with various organisations, including the Quay Community Centre. Paula has an honours Degree in Landscape Design from University College Dublin (1990) and has lectured to third level horticultural students in the National Botanic Gardens. She has also engaged special needs adults with Horticultural Therapy. Paula set up her own business, Ceres Landscape Design, in 1998.



David Whelan – ELP 2° Podcast & Climate Conversations/CSR Coordinator

David presents the 2° Podcast and leads the very popular Climate Conversations series for the ELP. He is also the lead coordinator for ELP’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. He has more than 20 years direct engineering work experience in the semiconductor capital equipment, electronics and recycling industries. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology/Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from The Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin. He is a Director of the Venture Out Wilderness Project, a social enterprise, which delivers wilderness-based therapeutic programmes. He is also a Yoga Teacher and Educator and is the author of several works of fiction.


Cuan McCarrick – ELP Volunteer

Cuan is passionate about the outdoors, growing food and sustainable living. He has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Aquaculture from University College Cork and has worked on a broad range of applied research projects in aquaculture.



Vicky Tindal – ELP Volunteer

Linking ELP to overseas environmental NGOs/INGOs Vicky has a background in both International Humanitarian Aid and Development. She has held a number of posts in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe for organizations such as Trócaire, VSO, the UN WFP and Refugee Trust before moving to Westport where she continued to work as a consultant (CAFOD, Action Aid, Trócaire and Dóchas). She has an MSc in Humanitarian Assistance and BA in Russian and Spanish. Vicky is passionate about nature, sustainability and the environment.


Sue Callaghan – ELP Volunteer

Linking directly between state/ semi-state groups and ELP District Conservation Officer and Manager of Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre. Sue Callaghan has worked with National Parks and Wildlife Service for over 20 years as education officer, conservation ranger and district conservation officer. She has wide ranging qualifications from M Phil in Peace Studies, BA in Archaeology and Philosophy, and a Higher Diploma in Conservation Management as well as a FETAC cert in Horticulture. She has a particular interest in managing public recreation spaces to facilitate connection with nature and encourage a curiosity to discover the natural world.

Support for the Edible Landscape Project from local community groups has surpassed expectations and we are grateful to all who have backed us, enabling us to run a number of projects on Westport Town Greenway and at the Quay Community Centre, Westport. Mayo County Council, South West Mayo LEADER TUS and RSS Schemes, Westport Men’s Shed, Westport GIY, Westport Tidy Towns, Westport Civic Trust, Local schools, Westport College of Further Education, Castlebar Tidy Towns, Healthy Ireland, CYPSC, www.fruitandnut.ie, and The Good Life Network.
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