Meet the Team

Langauge Link Team

Karen Cox

Karen is the Director and owner of Language Link.  After graduating in English Literature and Philosophy, she attained teaching qualifications.  She has lived and worked in Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador in addition to working with many European countries. On completion of a number of business courses, Language Link was founded in 2008 to provide a wide range of language services. Karen is responsible for all areas of management of Language Link and dedicated to the provision of high quality language training and services.

Anne-Marie O’Brien

Anne-Marie is the Director of Studies here at Language Link. She taught English in Canada and Spain before returning to work in Ireland. She joined Language Link in 2011.  She has taught General English, Business English and ESP courses across a range of levels and is a very experienced English exam preparation teacher.  She is also involved in teacher training.

Jane Holmes

Jane has worked with Language Link since 2008. She was a primary school teacher for 22 years before doing a CELTA course . Jane lived and taught in Australia previously. She is a very experienced Business English trainer and works with a range of levels and trainees.

Michelle Hourihan

Michelle graduated from Leeds University in 2001 and went to live and teach English in Japan for a year. She also did a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and travelled around the US and Brazil returning to Ireland in 2006.  Michelle worked as both a Principal and English Teacher at a language school in Dublin for 5 years and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in English Language Teaching from Cambridge University in 2010. Michelle has been working as an English Trainer at Language Link since 2012.

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 for over two years.

Ian Dillon

Ian has been working as a trainer at Language Link since 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Masters in International Relations and a PhD in Philosophy.  In recent years, Ian has focused primarily on the Philosophy of Language and the Philosophy of Literature respectively. Ian is committed to developing a nuanced, pedagogic approach that caters to the professional and personal needs of individual trainees.

Samantha Smith

Samantha has recently completed a Masters from the University of Limerick.  She also holds of Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri-St. She has a lot of experience in history, public speaking and culture studies.  As Samantha is the only American on the team, she brings an insight to American culture and provides an excellent opportunity for accent comprehension.  She is very driven and outgoing which make her a wonderful addition to the Language Link team.

Valerie O’Connor

Valerie is a qualified Business Studies teacher with over 10 years experience within the education and training sector working with a variety of learners International students and Adult Learners.  She also holds a research M.A. in Entrepreneurship. Valerie has specific experience teaching  Business Administration, Communications and Management Theory in the workplace. She also have extensive experience in online English training and now works as a Business English trainer with Language Link.

Deirdre Mulcahy

Deirdre began her career in teaching English in Australia and has taught in many countries since including New Zealand, Thailand and Spain. After completing a Masters in English Language Teaching at the University of Limerick, Deirdre taught Academic English in both University of Limerick and the University of Bath, UK. She has an active interest in course co-ordination and delivery, teaching training and development, intercultural communication and online language learning. Deirdre is a vibrant, energetic, positive and motivating addition to the Language Link team and is dedicated to meeting the aims and objectives of all learners.

Declan Costelloe

Declan began his career teaching English in China where he worked for over seven years in both 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 is currently completing a second Masters in Applied Linguistics. He is a friendly and outgoing trainer and a great addition to the Language Link training team.

Kate O’Grady

Kate has a BA in English Literature and Theology from the University of Limerick. After qualifying as a CELTA Instructor, she taught in several language schools around Europe before moving to Korea for five years. Kate has extensive experience with teaching English to an array of students, from Kindergarten to Business, across fifteen different nationalities.  She has recently returned to Ireland to pursue further studies and develop her teaching career. Now working as a Business English Trainer for Language Link, Kate puts her skills and experience to good use.

Michelle O’Donnell

Michelle graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2009 with a BA in English & History and has an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. She lived in Spain for a number of years where she taught English as a foreign language to both adults and young children. Michelle returned to Ireland in 2013 and taught English and History. She is now a very welcome addition to the Language Link team as a Business English Trainer.

Meldan Murphy

Meldan comes from a business background, having worked mainly in finance in variety of multinational companies before changing careers to teaching in 2008.  After completing a CELTA teaching qualification, he taught English in Japan for 9 years in a variety of settings including tailored in-company business courses.   Meldan is currently completing an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of other languages (TESOL) . He has a keen interest in course material development, intercultural communication and interactional competence and ICT and language learning.  Meldan is an enthusiastic, encouraging and positive addition to the ‘Language Link’ team and is looking forward to meeting the language needs of all learners.