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About Blockchain Ireland

A non-profit organisation of state agencies, corporates, academics, and industry professionals working together to share insights and expertise and to promote the growth of blockchain technology in Ireland.

What is Blockchain Ireland?

Blockchain Ireland is a combined effort of government, state agencies and industry to help promote and share information on blockchain in Ireland. It is a non-profit, member-led organisation that includes corporates, academics and industry professionals. The group meets on a monthly basis to share insights and expertise on blockchain technology.

Blockchain Ireland has established a number of working groups to conduct research within key fields: Developers, Education, Enterprise and FDI, Legal & Regulatory and Startups & VC

See the working groups

Blockchain Ireland History

The Irish Blockchain Expert Group was founded in late 2015 to meet the growing need for a forum to discuss the ever-evolving topic of blockchain technology. The forum members of blockchain businesses and projects in Ireland, representatives from a number of academic institutions, as well as participants of the wider Irish blockchain community.

In 2019, Blockchain Ireland was launched to grow the ecosystem in Ireland. It is a non-profit, member-led organisation that includes state agencies, corporates, academics and professionals working in the blockchain field. The group holds meetings on a monthly basis during which keynote speakers share insights and expertise on blockchain applications in their relative fields.

Goals of Blockchain Ireland

  • The promotion of blockchain technology in Ireland
  • Growing the blockchain ecosystem throughout the country
  • Promoting Ireland as a leading global technology hub
  • Assisting in the creation of blockchain jobs in Ireland
  • Showcasing the work being undertaken by Irish companies



Blockchain Ireland Governance Team

Blockchain Ireland Team Member

Lory Kehoe – Trinity College Dublin 

Steering group member

Lory is an adjunct assistant professor in technology trends with Trinity College Dublin’s Business School. Lory is a former managing director with ConsenSys where he founded, scaled and led ConsenSys Ireland, was global co-lead of ConsenSys’ partnerships work and was a member of the global leadership team. Prior to ConsenSys, Lory was a Partner with Deloitte China and a Director with Deloitte Ireland where he founded, set up and ran Deloitte’s Europe Middle East and Africa Blockchain Lab. He is a Qualified Financial Adviser, registered stockbroker, qualified product owner and scrum master.

Blockchain Ireland Team Member

Dave Feenan – ICT Skillnet 

2021 Steering group chair

Dave is the Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet Manager. He is passionate about innovation, co-collaboration, and the skills and competencies needed to assist organisations to scale. His team are building out several industry-led skills programmes in emerging disruptive technologies coupled with driving innovation excellence for the workplace of the future. The MSc in Blockchain (Distributed Ledger Technologies) is a prime example of the success of this model. Dave is a highly experienced Senior Director who held the roles of MD and Country Manager for the subsidiaries of UK/US based organisations. He successfully led a MBO, worked with a Swiss multinational and in the start-up SaaS/Cloud environment before managing the Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet and its Innovation Forum.

Blockchain Ireland Team Member

Pearse Ryan 

Steering group member & Legal & Regulatory working group lead.

After a long career as a technology lawyer and partner in the Arthur Cox Technology and  Innovation Group, Pearse has begun a second career as a member of the founder team of two Financial Services sector start-ups, both in the process of obtaining regulatory authorisations, and generally plies his trade as a consultant on legal/regulatory matters.

Blockchain Ireland Team Member

Fiona Delaney – Origin Chain Networks 

Steering group member & chair of the Start-up Working Group

Fiona is CEO and founder of tech start-up Origin Chain Network Ltd.

She is a software engineer and blockchain architect in the agri-food sector. Fiona is a Digital transformation and open innovation practitioner, advisor and consultant to business sector.

Blockchain Ireland Team Member

Ian Keane – Oracle 

Steering group member & chair of the Enterprise Working Group

Ian is an accomplished global technology sales leader with expertise in building strategies and leading business development surrounding the adoption of emerging technologies.

Since 2015, Ian has been Head of Solution Engineering at Oracle, where he champions performance excellence with his cloud consumption sales team.

Ian holds a Master of Science in Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia.

Blockchain Ireland Team Member

Bernard Gaughran – Project Emerald (Irish Life) 

Steering group member & Developer Working Group lead.

Bernard is a software engineering expert with 25 years of multi-sector experience and a proven capability for building top quality software using industry best practices. He is an expert in software development methodologies and an advocate of Agile practices – in particular Kanban/TDD/BDD/Lean/SCRUM/XP. He holds a BA in Engineering and BAI in Mathematics and has worked on projects at all stages of the software development life-cycle, from ideation through to development and delivery/support. Since 2017, he has immersed himself in the world of Blockchain & DLT technologies. And he is currently working as Product Development Lead on ‘Project Emerald’ – an initiative to put in place a self-sovereign, credentials sharing network serving the island of Ireland – underpinned by Blockchain/DLT. Bernard leads the Developer Working Group with Blockchain Ireland.

Blockchain Ireland Team Member

Professor Joyce O’Connor 

Steering group member & chair of the Skills, Education & Innovation Working Group

Professor Joyce O’Connor is the founding President of the National College of Ireland (NCI), Co-Founder and Chair of BlockW, Chair University and Chair Digital Future Group, Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA). A former Chair of the Digital Hub Development Agency Professor O’Connor has extensive experience as a Chair and Board member to a wide range of state, semi-state, educational and not for profit organisations.

Blockchain Ireland Team Member

Daire Lawlor – Interwoven

Steering group member & co-chair Blockchain Ireland Week Working Group

Dáire is founder and CEO of Interwoven Ltd, offering advisory and interlocutory services to FinTech Firms and their customers.

He sit on the Irish Funds Innovation, Skills and Technology Steering Group and the FinTech Working Group.

With a strong background in IT, Operations and Business, he has had a long and varied career in Senior Management roles across a variety of sectors successfully servicing blue chip clients, most recently as Managing Director and Head of State Street Ireland’s Consulting Services Group.

Blockchain Ireland Team Member

Paul Hearns – PJH Consulting

Steering group member & co-chair Blockchain Ireland Week Working Group and communications manager

Paul is a journalist, commentator and presenter of more than twenty years experience in ICT.

He currently provides content strategy and services with PJH Consulting.

Working groups

Six working groups have been established to conduct ongoing research within their given fields. The groups report to the steering committee and to the wider organisation on a regular basis.

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