Board Members

  1. Martina Burns (Chairperson)

    Martina Burns

    Life is difficult and complicated and beyond anyone’s total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes.” J.K. Rowling

    Martina-BurnsI have always had huge interest in embalming and the care for the deceased. After finishing my leaving cert, I went to Dundalk Institute of Technology (DIT) for two years doing a course in Business studies. After which, I felt that I wanted something else and decided to pursue my career in embalming. In 2002, I enrolled with The Irish College of Funeral Directing and Embalming in Ballina, Co. Mayo where I received mentorship from Peter J. Ball. While studying, I was offered the opportunity to join the team of embalmers in McGowan’s Funeral Home in Ballina, Co. Mayo.  I finally gained my Professional Embalming qualification through the European and International Examinations Board of Mortuary Science in December 2006. Since then, I have been a Member of the European Association of Embalmers and the Professional Embalmers Association of Ireland.

    I have served as the Secretary of PEAI since 2009 up to the present. I am also the Registrar of The Irish College of Funeral Directing and Embalming. For the past 10 years of full time employment as an Embalmer, I have been active in tutoring and providing support to students of the ICFDE. I have loved the work since I started and I am still enjoying it everytime.

  2. Pauline Lynch (Vice Chairperson)
    Pauline Lynch

  3. Gráinne Teefy (Secretary)


    Gráinne Teefy


  4. Josephine Horgan (Vice Secretary)
    Jo Horgan

  5. Padraig O’Reilly (Treasurer)
    Padraig O’Reilly
    Treasurer -Professional Embalmers Association of Ireland (2015-Present)

    PadraigHaving first worked funeral service’s from the late 1970’s he joined the health service as Supports Services Manager with responsibility to include mortuary services and family bereavements. While in this role he was part of a working group on Death Dying and Bereavement and they received an award from the Irish Hospice Foundation for the improvement of standards for the dying and their families. He joined Finnegan’s Funeral Services in 2009 and prides himself on the standard of service and support he gives to families at a time that can be of great upset and stress for them.

  6. Patrick Keller (PRO)

    Patrick Keller