Women Make It Work: YMCA Dublin

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Pictured: Kathryn O’Mahony, CEO, YMCA Dublin./by Paul McCarthy

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Leading the strategic direction of an organisation with 170 years of history is no easy task, but that’s exactly what Kathryn O’Mahony excels in as CEO of YMCA Dublin, a community-based charity providing services for children, young people and families.

On any single day O’Mahony’s tasks include dealing with funding applications, speaking with line managers, while also mentoring and coaching staff. O’Mahony is also tasked with delivering the organisation’s five-year strategic plan’s main goal: the establishment of three new centres in Dublin.


“The last ten years have been about consolidation,” says the CEO in regard how industry has evolved since she first joined the organisation 13 years ago. “When we looked at our plan for the future, the thing that made the most sense to us was the need to build new centres in Dublin to help people to belong to healthy and connected communities.”

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Within the hectic nature of modern business, O’Mahony highlights the importance of a simple out-of-the-box solution to simplify and streamline operations. “I need to have access to everything when I’m on the go,” she explains, “as I’m regularly out visiting our two current sites. We all work on shared drives, so it’s especially important to have a strong broadband connection to enable us to achieve YMCA Dublin’s purpose and goals. This is of key importance for us in moving forward as an organisation.”

She adds: “It ensures we’re ready to grow as an organisation and allows us the time to put the correct models in place in order to implement our strategic plan.”