Our team

Meet the team behind Children's Books Ireland

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Elaina Ryan, CEO

Elaina Ryan has a background in children's publishing: she holds an MLitt in Publishing from University of Stirling and is former Managing Editor of Little Island books, where she worked closely with Ireland's inaugural Laureate na nÓg, Siobhán Parkinson. She is co-Artistic Director, with Niamh Sharkey, of Towers and Tales, the Lismore Story Festival in County Waterford. Elaina Ryan joined Children's Books Ireland in 2013.

Email: elaina@childrensbooksireland.ie


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Jenny Murray, Deputy CEO

Jenny Murray, originally from Co. Sligo, holds a BA arts degree and a HDip in arts administration both from National University Ireland, Galway. She has worked in the arts for over twenty years, and has worked in Children's Books Ireland in various capacities since 2004. She is currently the Deputy CEO of the organisation. 

Projects: Print publications including Inis Magazine, themed reading lists and recommended reading guides
Email: jenny@childrensbooksireland.ie

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Aoife Murray, Programme and Events Manager 

Aoife Murray holds an MPhil in Popular Literature from Trinity College. She has worked at Children's Books Ireland since 2012, working in public relations previously. Aoife lives in Dublin with her husband and son. She is currently Programme and Events Manager at the organisation.

Projects: Book Clinics, Children's Books Ireland International Conference, Events for All, #Properbook and Tyrone Guthrie Residencies
Email: aoife@childrensbooksireland.ie

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Claire Hourihane, Communications Manager

Cork native Claire Hourihane joined the team in July, 2021. Claire holds a BA in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin, a postgraduate diploma in Journalism & Media Studies from Dublin Business School and has a background in fundraising and digital marketing. Claire works as the Communications Officer for the organisation.

Email: claire@childrensbooksireland.ie


Paul Carroll

Paul Carroll, Book Gifting Manager

Paul Carroll holds an MSc in Multimedia and a BRelEd with English from Dublin City University. He has a background in bookselling, finance and publishing, with a speciality in Young Adult fiction and Graphic Novels. Outside of Children’s Books Ireland he works with comic and writing collectives across Ireland, and as part of Octocon, Ireland’s National Science Fiction Convention.

Email: paul@childrensbooksireland.ie

Ruth Ennis

Ruth Ennis, Book Gifting Officer

Ruth Ennis is from Kildare. She has an M.Phil. in Children’s Literature from Trinity College Dublin. She has experience in publishing, literary festivals and bookselling. She is an aspiring writer of children’s books. She has worked with Children’s Books Ireland in different capacities since 2018 and is now working as Book Gifting Assistant and 0-9 Reviews Editor for Inis Magazine.

Projects: Book gifting projects including Every Child A Reader, Bookbag, Bookseed, corporate schools book gifting projects and The Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries
Email: bookgifting@childrensbooksireland.ie


Sarah Walsh

Sarah Walsh, Administrator and Office Manager

Sarah hails from Co. Mayo and has been working in arts administration and management since completing her MA in Music & Management at the University of Leeds in 2015. She holds a BA and a BMus from University College Dublin. Sarah joined the team as Administrator & Office Manager in June 2022.

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Marianne O’Kane Boal, Research Officer

Marianne is a curator and writer on art and architecture since 1998. She writes for the Irish Arts Review, Circa, Perspective, Living Design, Visual Artists Newsletter and Architecture Ireland. Marianne holds a B.A. in History of Art and English and an M.A. in American Literature from University College Dublin. She is currently completing a PhD in Social Research at IT Sligo. Marianne joined the team in August 2021.

Email: research@childrensbooksireland.ie


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Ruth Ní Eidhin, Project Manager Laureate na nÓg

Ruth holds a BA in English Literature & History from Trinity College Dublin, a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology from Dublin City University, and a Higher Diploma in Journalism & Communications from Griffith College, Dublin. She has a background in not-for-profit communications. Ruth joined the team in January 2022.

Email: info@childrenslaureate.ie


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Jenifer Ní Ghrádaigh, Oifigeach Gaeilge

Tagann Jenifer Ní Ghrádaigh go Leabhar Pháistí Éireann ó earnáil na foilsitheoireachta Gaeilge, agus roimhe sin, ón earnáil tríú leibhéal. Tá Ard-Dioplóma aici san aistriúchán ó Institiúid Teicneolaíochta na Gaillimhe-Maigh Eo agus dochtúireacht i stair na healaíne ó Ollscoil Londan. Is Oifigeach Gaeilge í le Leabhar Pháistí Éireann.

Jenifer Ní Ghrádaigh comes to Children's Books Ireland from Irish-language publishing and, previously, the higher education sector. She has a HDip in translation from Galway Mayo Institute Technology and a PhD in art history from the University of London. She holds the role of Irish Language Officer with Children's Books Ireland.

Email: jenifer@childrensbooksireland.ie


Emma Larkin

Emma Larkin, Financial Controller

Emma Larkin is from Cork but has been living in Kerry since 2006. Emma is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. She has a degree in law from UCC and a higher diploma in Business and Financial Information Systems, also from UCC. Emma completed her training as a chartered accountant in Ernst & Young in Cork. Emma is also a children’s book writer. Emma joined the team in June 2022.