Operations Team

Helping achieve Digital Manufacturing Excellence in Ireland

Bill O'Leary


Before joining CONFIRM in April 2018 Bill was a Senior Manufacturing Operations Director with over twelve years operations experience and full P&L responsibility for Global multi-sites operations in minerals processing and renewable energy with a turnover in excess of €100M. Holding a PhD, MBA, B.Sc, Six Sigma Black Belt and a certified Quality Auditor, he is recognised as highly communicative, a clear thinker with a strategic nous, trustworthy, innovative, analytical and highly motivated.

Conor McCarthy


Having grown up in Glasnevin, Dublin, Professor Conor McCarthy has spent the best part of the last 20 years in the Mid-west region carrying out research into joining dissimilar materials for high-end industrial applications. Now residing in the lakeside town of Ballina, Co Tipperary, Professor McCarthy is the Centre Director for Confirm – Smart manufacturing, a new major national SFI research centre focused on Smart manufacturing technologies.

Gillian O'Sullivan


Gillian joined Confirm as a Personal Assistant to Centre Director Professor Conor McCarthy, February 2018. She now works as Senior Administrator with Dr. Bill O Leary, Confirm General Manager. Her role involves provision of administrative support to the Centre and the academic staff.

Trish Bourke


Having joined the University of Limerick in 2002 coming from Industry Trish Bourke has worked in the Research Finance Department of the University of Limerick for the past 16 years where she provided a range of financial services, support and advice to the Research community within UL and also externally to the funding agencies, HEI’s and Industry partners to the University.

Paraic Rattigan


Paraic joined CONFIRM in January 2019 having spent over 10 years working in private sector consulting in the development and delivery of large national and international infrastructure projects. He has held a wide variety of technical and management roles in areas such as advisory, design and project management. He is an experienced Project Manager with proven communication, organisation and problem-solving skills. Paraic holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia, as well as a PhD and Bachelors degree in Engineering from University College Dublin.

Sylvia Keane


Sylvia Keane is our new Confirm Marketing & Communications Manager. She is an experienced senior Marketing & Communications Specialist with more than 9 years’ international experience with a proven record of accomplishment in account management, marketing strategy and business development. Sylvia has a diverse range of sector experience within manufacturing – medical device, supply chain, & semiconductor/aerospace. Qualifications include Bachelor of Business, Master of Science in Marketing, Consumption & Society and a Postgraduate in International Business Development.

Sean O'Brien


Sean O’Brien is our new Confirm Education, Public Engagement & Training Manager. Sean is a science education graduate with 7 years’ experience coordinating and developing STEM education, outreach & public engagement projects in Limerick, particularly amongst disadvantaged communities.

Patrick Reidy


Patrick Reidy is our new Confirm Business Development Manager. Patrick is degree qualified with a postgrad in Business Admin and a technical background in manufacturing and materials. He has worked in BD across industries nationally and internationally and built the network in his role with Tricel close to 40 engaged customers.

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