The Moving2Ireland team includes six Irish citizens, two Canadians, one Indian, one Israeli and one German. We have all made at least one international move in our lives, and can leverage personal experience of the challenges and opportunities that come with planning and executing a move to a new country. We know what it takes, who to ask for help, and how to make it all work.
Since 2012, we have been helping people on the move through our other online platform, Moving2Canada.com, and following the launch of Moving2Ireland in 2018 we look forward to helping newcomers to Ireland and returning citizens. Our goal is to help you achieve success in Ireland, however you define it.
Ruairi Spillane, Managing Director
After observing a need for independent objective advice around planning a move to Canada, Ruairi launched Moving2Canada in 2011. Having moved from Ireland in 2008, he was determined to build a community where newcomers could share information and support. The Kerryman is a proud dual citizen of both Ireland and Canada.
In his free time, Ruairi can be found snowboarding, hiking, camping, visiting Ireland or checking out other corners of the globe to adventure.
Patrick Bourke, Editor
Patrick brings over six years research and communication expertise to the role of co-editor with Moving2Ireland.
Originally from Adare, Co. Limerick, Patrick has a deep and diverse range of writing experience including roles in political communication, academic research and digital marketing. Prior to moving to Canada in 2016, Patrick proudly served as a campaign manager during Ireland’s successful Marriage Equality campaign of 2015.
Patrick knows many of the hurdles that immigrants are often required to navigate, and this know-how informs his writing for Moving2Ireland.
Outside work, Patrick plays two types of football (Gaelic and association), enjoys being an over-zealous quiz team-mate, and ponders if his life is, in fact, one elongated Smiths song.
Hugo O'Doherty, Deputy Editor
As editor, Hugo brings more than five years of industry experience to the Moving2Ireland team.
Originally from Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Hugo divides his time between Montreal, Canada and home. After a period helping Moving2Canada find its feet after launch, Hugo went on to work for one of Canada’s largest immigration law firms for more than three years. He came home to the Moving2Canada team in early 2018, and oversaw the launch of Moving2Ireland later that year.
Hugo has also worked in the United States and Ghana.
Marcel Niedecken, Marketing Manager
Marcel is Moving2Ireland’s marketing manager, responsible for growing our audience and promoting the Moving2Ireland and Moving2Canada brands.
He was born in Hamburg, Germany, and began his career as a strategist for branding and digital communications for different international advertising and PR agencies in Germany.
Marcel moved to Canada in 2017 to live with his Canadian girlfriend. He brings his eight years of communications and branding experience to the team.
In his free time, Marcel can be found exploring the outdoors, in the kitchen, cooking with local produce, or trying to beat that one level in Donkey Kong Country.
Tony Gilmore, Partnerships Strategist
Tony is Moving2Ireland’s Partnerships Strategist, working with partners to identify new opportunities to serve our awesome community better and make the sometimes overwhelming process of moving to a new country just a little bit easier.
Originally from Derry, Tony brings nearly 10 years’ product strategy and digital communications experience in Canadian and UK markets with top-tier brands like TELUS, O2, and Sky Television.
Before joining the team, Tony was a fan of the Moving2Canada.com site, having used it extensively for many years to help forge his own path. With Moving2Ireland now added to his portfolio, Tony is excited to bring his creative ideas back to the island whence he came.
Wayne McMahon, Web Developer
Wayne is Moving2Ireland’s Web Developer, and has been in the industry for more than six years. He lives in his hometown of Rearcross, Co. Tipperary, and joined the team in February, 2018 to look after all things technical.
Wayne has worked in both Ireland and Australia. He has worked with many different clients, including Virgin Airways, Rio Tinto, and Adare Manor.
Wayne can occasionally be found playing gigs in local pubs and taking hikes with his two dogs. He also likes to travel whenever and wherever he can.
Shannon Wenkoff, Social Media and Community Manager
Shannon runs all our social media accounts and has has worked for various startups before we were lucky enough to avail of her talents. With a penchant for punishing bike rides and befriending dogs that aren’t hers, Shannon believes in putting our audience first.
Gideon Lin, Business Development
Gideon brings almost two decades of invaluable experience to his Business Development role with Moving2Ireland.
He grew up in the Israeli desert and has traveled over half the world. He lived in New York City’s urban jungle, where he started his business development career with tech companies. He then moved to the Costa Rican jungle where he’s done the expat thing working in business development for an ad-tech start-up.
He’s now a proud father of 2 Canadian girls (Mia 6 and Noa 2), living in North Vancouver’s rain forest, finding the right business partnerships that serve the Moving2Ireland community, and generate revenue for the company.
Maria Hasson, Recruitment Consultant
Maria joined the Moving2Ireland team in November, 2018 to work as a Recruitment Consult for our sister-operation, Outpost Recruitment.
As a Quantity Surveyor with years of experience estimating and managing contracts from a consultant, EPCM and general contractor perspective, Maria brings a wealth of industry knowledge to Outpost Recruitment and Moving2Ireland.
Originally from Co. Armagh, Ireland, Maria moved to Canada in 2009 initially living in Calgary and shortly after settling in beautiful Vancouver, BC.
Maria is a proud dual citizen of both Ireland and Canada. In her free time Maria can be found having picnics with her family, skiing, camping or sampling local coffee shops. Maria loves adventure and travels
Dane Stewart, Content Developer
Dane is a Content Developer for Moving2Ireland. Originally from small town Nova Scotia, Dane made the move to the big city of Montreal for university and has been there ever since. He’s an experienced researcher and communications professional with a writing background spanning a range of media.
Dane’s your prototypical slightly anxious millennial, battling an addiction to podcasts and doing his best not to kill his houseplants.
Dhwani Mehta, Web Developer
Dhwani is a web developer with five years’ industry experience. She has worked with various clients, including Estée Lauder Companies, Revlon, Syngenta, and United Airlines while at a digital agency. Originally from India, Dhwani moved to Canada in 2018. On arrival in Canada, Dhwani worked with a university before joining the Moving2Ireland team in May, 2019.
In her free time, she is mostly hooked onto Netflix or chilling around with friends and family.