Maria Shanahan first became involved in An Óige after a murder-mystery weekend in the Killarney Hostel. After a few more weekends away surfing in Tramore and hiking in Wicklow, Maria realised she was among kindred people and was delighted to sign up when she was approached to start volunteering. Maria has been volunteering on the board of directors since 2014, becoming vice-Chairperson in the summer of 2015, and the current Chairperson in May 2018.
She is part of the team working on Volunteer co-ordination and has recently joined the roster of volunteer wardens at Glenmalure in the Wicklow mountains. In her day job, Maria works as a Project Manager for a Healthcare Technology company. She enjoys travel, having visited Australia, China, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in the last year. She loves the outdoors and is passionate about access for everyone, especially young people, to escape modern life, modern cities, modern technology and reconnect to nature in rural Ireland.