Dr Tony Walsh has been the Director of the Centre for Studies in Irish Protestantism since its formation in 2012.
Originally a systemic-constructivist psychotherapist he has been a staff member of the Department of Adult and Community Education at Maynooth since the late 1990’s. His role includes:
- Co-ordinating an MA in Leadership, Management and Defence Studies (one of the core activities of an official Partnership between the University and the Military College of the Irish Defence Forces)
- Co-directing a doctoral programme in Adult and Higher Education
He is co-founder of the Centre for Narrative Research. His current research interests include:
- The culture and spirituality of Irish Protestantism
- Narrative as a transformative research methodology
- Power, resistance and silencing in minority and socially marginalized communities
A member of the Southern Executive of the Council on Social Welfare of the Methodist Church in Ireland he was for many years involved in the leadership of one of Irish Protestantism’s flagship inter-cultural congregations.
In 2008 Earl Storey founded Topstorey Communications (www.topstorey.org). He has worked with organisations as diverse as:
- Orange Order
- Development Agencies
- Social economy businesses
His international experience includes Rwanda and Nigeria as well as EU Partnership Projects.
Earl Storey has served as Director of the Church of Ireland Hard Gospel Project. This was established in 2005 to address sectarianism and living with difference. It has been described as one of the most substantial denominational church initiatives of its kind to have taken place in Ireland.
Motivated by a commitment to work for reconciliation he left parish ministry to join a political party in 2003. In 2005 he stood for election in the Westminster and Council elections in Foyle constituency, on behalf of the UUP. Later in 2005, on taking up his position with the Hard Gospel Project he stepped out of any party membership. This remains his status.
His publications include:
- Traditional Roots: Towards An Appropriate Relationship between the Church of Ireland and the Orange Order (Columba Press 2003). This was included in the Irish section of the 2003 World Book Day.
- Beyond the Pale: Church and the Decade of Historic Commemorations (Community Relations Council NI 2014)
- The Extra Mile; Church Community & Volunteering (Diocese of Derry and Raphoe 2010 – Co-author)
- Mapping New Pathways to Employment (Cresco Trust 2005)
Ordained as a Church of Ireland clergyperson in 1982 he has served in both jurisdictions in Ireland. He was a member of the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe Vision Team until his move to Maynooth in 2013
Originally a graduate in Law he also holds as a Professional Diploma in Theology (TCD). He has an MPhil in Peace Studies (TCD), where his dissertation addressed the psyche of unionism and the type of leadership it required. He is also a qualified Executive leadership coach (Irish Management Institute).
He was an Honorary Fellow of INCORE, a school of the University of Ulster and the United Nations University (1995-1998).