SOAR - Dublin Chapter
Dublin joined the SOAR family in July 2015. A small Armenian community exists in Ireland, with a majority of Irish Armenians living in Dublin. While the exact number of Armenians in Ireland is unknown, estimates range from 150 to 350 individuals who identify themselves as being of Armenian descent. Most Irish Armenians belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church, while the rest identify as Armenian Catholics. The Armenian community has established a Sunday School and registered the Armenian Apostolic Church in Ireland.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Gayane Muradyan was born and grew up in Yerevan, Armenia. She studied Russian and Spanish Philology at Yerevan State Linguistic University. Gayane received her M.D. in Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University of Granada, Spain. Currently, she is a freelance translator/interpreter for Russian, English and Spanish.
The cause of children has always been of a big interest for Gayane, as she has been a teacher, girl-scout leader and is a mother. She believes that a healthy society is based on giving children a happy childhood and will do her best to make this happen for every child on earth.
Maria was born and raised in Anjar, Lebanon. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Communications Arts and Journalism from the Lebanese International University. After working in the Armenian Evangelical Secondary School of Anjar and the boarding school for two years, she moved to Armenia in December 2020 to volunteer with different organizations helping displaced Armenians after the war. Maria worked with Kooyrigs as a media manager and a communications and advocacy associate for two years. Currently she is in Galway, Ireland pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Advocacy and Activism at the University of Galway and is a junior research fellow with the European Institute of Policy Research and Human Rights, researching humanitarian aid and civil protection.
Pablo obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Granada and two Master’s Degrees in Environmental Engineering and Water Management from the University of Granada and the University of Cadiz, respectively. Pablo obtained PhD degree in Environmental Science at the University of Cadiz in 2015, with developed research and professional experience abroad (Germany, Armenia, Hungary and Italy).
Due to his Armenian wife, Pablo is involved in Armenian meetings and events. He also visits Armenia quite often. Pablo has been actively involved in charity activities in his home town, Granada, assisting in social dining centers, accompanying lonely elderly people and teaching math and chemistry to children that could not otherwise afford it. Pablo speaks English, Spanish, Italian and German.