Meet the Team

Langauge Link Team

Karen Cox

Karen is the Director and owner of Language Link.  She has been involved in Language and Business training and consulting for more than 18 years. She graduated with honours in English Literature and Philosophy; has teaching and training qualifications in addition to business training certifications. Karen is a trained leader and delivers courses in Business skills including Business Writing and Grammar, Business Communication Skills, Academic English, International Business Communication and ESP, to name a few. Karen was formerly a Head Trainer, Tutor and Course Director in both government and private institutions. In the corporate area, through Language Link, Karen has designed and delivered Language and Business training courses to companies and universities based across Europe, Asia and South America. Karen is responsible for the management of Language Link and dedicated to the provision and delivery of high-quality language training and services.

Dr. Ian Dillon

Ian achieved his Ph.D in 2011 and is a specialist in the field of political communication. Ian also has experience working in the University of Limerick Medical Dept, where he lectured / tutored in Medical Ethics. In 2012, Ian joined Language Link and he is now our Senior Training Consultant. He has designed and delivered online and face-to-face training courses in Business English, Academic English, ESP and Medical English. Ian is committed to developing a nuanced, pedagogical approach that caters to the professional and personal needs of individual trainees and has delivered training to a large number of companies and organisations globally.

Michelle Hourihan

Michelle Hourihan graduated from Leeds University with a degree in History and Medieval German Literature in 2001.  After finishing her undergrad, she started her career in teaching and relocated to Japan to train and teach as a Business English instructor.  She later returned to the UK to study her Postgraduate Certificate in Education and taught History at a secondary level.

In 2006 Michelle moved to Ireland and took up the position of Academic Director at a language school in Dublin where she taught and managed for several years.  She completed her Postgraduate Diploma in teaching English as a second language from The University of Cambridge in 2010 specialising in language acquisition and curriculum design.

Michelle loves to travel and experience life in other cultures and so relocated again in 2010 to Colombia where she was teaching at the British council, designing content-based courses and working as an IELTS examiner.  In 2012, Michelle returned to Ireland and started working at Language Link as a Business English trainer. She uses her years of experience as a language trainer to motivate and facilitate all her trainees throughout their courses.

Samantha Smith

Samantha achieved her Master’s degree in 2014 and has a specialisation in cultural dialogue. Samantha spent 2 years working at The Hunt Museum where she developed educational programmes and produced an international education conference. In 2014, Samantha joined Language Link and is now our Business Training Administrator. She has designed and delivered online and face-to-face courses in Business English, Cultural etiquette and customs, Social English and Academic English. Samantha strives to create a personalised course for each of her trainees. She focuses on both the personal and professional needs of the individual. Samantha is also an experienced trainer in TOEIC and BULATS preparation and has delivered a variety of training courses to Language Link clients.

Seán Prendeville

Seán Prendeville received his MA in International Relations in 2011 and is also a fully-qualified English Language Trainer. He spent 6 years teaching English in South Korea, including 4 years lecturing at university level. During his sojourn in South Korea, Seán tutored to a variety of levels and age-groups. While lecturing at university level, he prepared students for their TOEIC exams and also taught grammar and conversational English. Since joining Language Link, Seán has transferred his expertise in TOEIC training to business professionals preparing to sit the Bulats test and has also taught medical-English to trainees from across Europe, aided by his many years lecturing English to student nurses in South Korea. Seán also has a vast experience in proof-reading documents for both Asian and European non-native writers, which he regularly implements into his online English sessions.

Coirle Mooney

Coirle has a BA in drama and music, an MA in Medieval literature and a PhD in seventeenth-century English literature. She has tutored in old and middle English and taught Shakespeare and movement in both the Irish Academy of Performing Arts and the Malta Drama Centre.  She has extensive experience teaching English as a foreign language, especially to business people, both online and face-to-face. Coirle is also a published writer of fiction. She has been a member of the Language Link training team since 2014.

Susan Elizabeth Thomas

Susan achieved her Master of Science in 2018, specialising in language acquisition, pronunciation and accent reduction. Her training includes TEFL/TESOL training funded by a grant from the Japanese government. Her background in English education spans more than seven years and five countries (Saudi Arabia, Japan, France, Ireland and the US). She has worked with various client populations and languages, in-person and online, while continuously promoting an open-minded, tolerant learning environment. Susan has experience in curriculum development which encourages participation and interactive learning while focusing on clients’ individual needs. Other areas of experience include Test Training (IELTS and Cambridge), Business English, Debate, Editing, Communicative English and Academic English with a firm interest in anthropology, linguistics and phonetics. She promoted these three interests while participating in a UN lecture program, presenting how various linguistic elements are created by and continuously affect culture. Susan is now a Business English Trainer with Language Link and is a vibrant, energetic, positive and motivating addition to the Language Link team.

Steve Samuels

Steve was born in London and graduated with honours in Russian and English. After taking his Postgraduate Certificate in Education, he worked as a teacher in various high schools and led the department of English in a London school and later in West Yorkshire. He taught in the Soviet Union and was, in addition, an examiner for external examinations in the UK. Steve worked in education and language consultancy in Beijing, China from 1999. He designed and delivered Business and communication courses to trainees in a number of multinational companies and universities and became in-house English trainer at The British Council. In 2008, he was invited to join the staff of a large international school where he taught English to speakers of other languages until his return to Europe in 2017. Now working as a Business English Trainer for Language Link, Steve puts his skills and experience to good use and is dedicated to meeting the aims and objectives of all trainees.

Declan Costelloe

Declan began his career teaching English in China where he worked for over seven years in universities, high-schools and private institutions. Upon returning to Ireland he continued his work teaching English for academic purposes at the University of Limerick and also in an international study centre based in Limerick. Declan is a CELTA qualified teacher with an honours degree in English Literature and New Media, a Masters in Chinese Culture and Business and has completed a second Masters in Applied Linguistics. He is a friendly and outgoing trainer and a great addition to the Language Link training team.

Dr. John Harnett

John achieved his PhD in 2017 and is a specialist in multimodality and cognitive narratology. John spent four years working as departmental assistant in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick where he lectured / tutored on a wide variety of subjects in the department of English Language and Literature Studies. His research interests include cognitive narratology, multimodality, psychoanalysis, post-colonial theory and adaptation studies. In 2018, John joined Language Link as a Business English trainer. He is committed to delivering the highest standard of training and his diverse research background affords him a wide flexibility of approach in relation to the delivery of engaging exercises for each trainee. John has given talks in a number of universities in Ireland, England, Germany and France and remains in touch with the cutting edge of interdisciplinary academic research and developments in English literature and language studies. In his capacity as a Business language trainer, John has delivered high-quality training to a large number of companies and organisations.

Peter Browne

Peter Browne has over 15 years of experience in the field of education both as an English Language trainer and Adult Careers Advisor and holds third level qualifications in Law, History, Anthropology and Education Counselling. Peter is particularly interested in second language acquisition and throughout his career has worked to assist clients in understanding the process of language learning and utilising techniques to rapidly acquire the needed skills to speak more fluently.  Before joining Language Link, Peter worked with trainees for international companies like L’Oréal, ABB, Hays Recruitment etc. and designed and delivered courses to a variety of clients planning to sit the IELTS exam. Peter uses this experience to continue delivering training courses to a wide variety of companies and organisations through Language Link.