O’Reilly appointed new CEO at ReCreate in Ballymount

O’Reilly appointed new CEO at ReCreate in Ballymount

By William O'Connor

Clodagh O’Reilly has been appointed the new CEO of ReCreate. Previously a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Solas Project, she brings over ten years of management experience in the charity sector to the position.

Based in Ballymount, ReCreate was founded in 2013 and is an award-winning social enterprise. It works to make art materials and educational supplies affordable and accessible to every sector of the community for all kinds of creative purposes. To date, the organisation has redirected some 250 tonnes of material from landfill annually and worked with over 190 business suppliers and 1,600 members.


Clodagh brings a strong background in health, community development, and international development organisations to ReCreate. She has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the challenges facing local communities in accessing resources that lead to a full and meaningful education experience.

Prior to working in the charity sector, Clodagh held finance positions in the telecommunications and retail sectors. She holds an accounting qualification and is currently undertaking an Executive MBA at Trinity Business School, Trinity College, Dublin.

Commenting on her appointment, Clodagh said: ‘I am excited and thrilled to join ReCreate. Since its founding, ReCreate has made a tremendous difference across innumerable communities.

‘Its work has been justly recognised for the very meaningful impact it has had on the projects of members and suppliers. I am greatly looking forward to working alongside all involved with the organisation in providing these supports to all sectors of the community.’

Early Childhood Ireland is a long-standing partner of ReCreate. CEO Teresa Heeney congratulated Clodagh on her appointment, saying ‘Clodagh brings a wealth of experience to ReCreate. Her expertise will be invaluable in guiding members, suppliers, and projects and I am certain that the organisation will continue to thrive under her leadership. On behalf of all at Early Childhood Ireland, I would like to send warm congratulations to Clodagh and wish her the very best in this position.’

ReCreate’s work has been recognised with the 2017 Community Art Prize at the Allianz Business to Arts awards, Best Community Recycling Project at the Repak Awards 2017, Best Non-for-Profit award at the South Dublin Chamber Business Awards 2017 and Social Enterprise Ireland’s Impact award for 2016. Supporters of the organisation include Early Childhood Ireland, Tallaght Community Arts, South Dublin County Partnership, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.