The Work and campaigns of Countryside Alliance Ireland

Our vision is of a vital, working and thriving countryside for the benefit of the whole nation. We promise to be the undisputed champion of the countryside and our rural communities.

We keep our promise by

  • Campaigning for and maintaining the values of the countryside
  • Defending the economy, the social infrastructure and traditions of the countryside
  • Promoting the rights of people to take part in country pursuits
  • Standing up for the interests of our members, and giving them authority and visibility
  • Challenging unjust legislation
  • Providing education about wider rural interests
  • Being  politically active, locally and nationally

Countryside Alliance Ireland has been active since the early 1960s, providing Irish sportsmen and women with high levels of information and advice and representation. Over the years as the political environment has changed we have evolved into a highly effective campaigning organisation. Countryside Alliance Ireland is governed by an elected Board made up from members throughout Ireland. The Board sets policy and oversees financial and operational matters. Countryside Alliance Ireland partner groups nominate members of the Board also, making it truly representative of country sports interests in Ireland.

Current Board Members are as follows;

  • President: Mr Bert Carlisle
  • Vice President: The Lord Dunleath
  • Chairman: Mr Barry O’Connell
  • Vice Chairman: Mr John Clarke

Board Members:

  • Paul Cran
  • Jim Fitzharris
  • Michael Lennon
  • Liam McGarry (IGPA)
  • Lyall Plant (Chief Executive)
  • Tim Bonner (Chief Executive CA UK)
  • Steve Hatcher (Deputy Chief Executive CA UK)

Co-opted members

  • Patrick Murphy – Hunting Association Northern Ireland
  • Jim Haughey – Ulster Angling Federation
  • Pierce O’Brien – Firearms Dealer
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