The Team

Headshots of members of the GCN team in a grid, the GCN logo in the centre of the image

Meet Team GCN

just not before the morning coffee run.


Lisa Connell from the GCN Team

Managing Editor, Lisa Connell

Lisa (she/her) is the Managing Editor of GCN with a responsibility for the performance and day-to-day management of the company according to the overall strategy. Lisa promotes both the charitable objectives of GCN and ensures the commercial viability of the business. She works collaboratively and strategically with the wider team to deliver a monthly magazine, a daily website, live events including the much-loved Mother Club, and organising protests and advocacy for, and on behalf of, the LGBTQ+community. Lisa prides herself on high level planning and project management in collaboration with brands, community groups, readers and all other stakeholders to deliver a vital community resource at the highest levels of professionalism and integrity.

You can get in touch at [email protected] for all things Mother, GCN and general big ideas.

Peter Dunne from the GCN Team

Editor, Peter Dunne

Peter (he/him) is the editor of GCN magazine. Along with Managing Editor Lisa Connell, he is responsible for planning magazine content and commissioning both in-house and freelance journalists and photographers for each issue. Peter also creates articles for both the magazine and the online arm of GCN.

You can get in touch at [email protected] for enquiries including information on writing opportunities with GCN.

Stefano Pappalardo from the GCN Team

Head of Digital & Marketing, Stefano Pappalardo

Stefano (he/him) is responsible for implementing procedures and processes, leading and coordinating all areas of digital and planning high-value, engaging content. He successfully drives content delivery across all digital platforms by creating strategic marketing plans and campaigns, operating closely with the editorial, commercial and events teams. He supervises GCN’s website, ensuring its optimisation to deliver a seamless experience for readers and advertisers.

You can get in touch at [email protected] for enquiries regarding all things digital.

Marlon Jimenez from the GCN Team

Advertising Sales Assistant and Distribution Manager, Marlon Jimenez

Marlon (he/him) is responsible for connecting to businesses, building and maintaining relationships and showing advertisers why investing in GCN – Ireland’s beloved LGBTQ+ publication is great for their brands. Marlon’s proven track record in customer service, combined with marketing and psychology, plus his friendly personality, are crucial elements for managing relationships with our clients – fostering sponsorship opportunities and informing them how to best speak to our readers and selling across all platforms: print, online and event specific sales.

You can get in touch at [email protected] for enquiries on how to invest your advertising budget in GCN.

Dave Darcy from the GCN Team

Designer, Dave Darcy

Dave (he/him) has been the art director for the company for over seven years. He is responsible for all visual communications and branding. In celebration of GCN’s milestone anniversary, Dave collaborated with curator Tonie Walsh to deliver the stunning exhibition ‘Proof: 30 Years Of Gay Community News’ and led the magazine through its beautiful and thoughtful rebrand.

Saoirse Schad from the GCN Team

Online Content Creator, Saoirse Schad

Saoirse (she/her) is GCN’s Online Content Creator and she works very closely with our Head of Digital, Stefano, to produce daily content. As a natural storyteller, she is proud to use her skills to be a voice for the queer community and she is involved across all of our digital operations. With a background in Creative Digital Media, Saoirse loves to work in a creative collaborative environment and, above all else, she loves to write and is thrilled to be able to report for GCN.

You can get in touch at [email protected] for enquiries about online content.

Han Tiernan from the GCN Team

Editorial Assistant, Han Tiernan

Han (she/her) is the editorial assistant with GCN. She works alongside Editor, Peter Dunne and Managing Editor, Lisa Connell to create and publish the magazine. She also supports the team in creating online content to inform, give voice to and support Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community. She is passionate about LGBTQ+ history and is a dedicated advocate for minorities within the community.

You can get in touch at for enquiries about GCN’s print edition.

Alice Linehan from the GCN Team

In & Out Project Lead, Alice Linehan

Alice (she/her) is the Project Lead for GCN’s In & Out Festival – a series of innovative live broadcasts designed to connect, educate and inform the LGBTQ+ community. She is in charge of curating and producing the autumn/winter programme for 2021, ensuring as many voices as possible are projected through our platforms. In addition to this, she also writes articles for GCN’s online and magazine output with a particular interest in sport, TV and film.

You can get in touch at [email protected] for enquiries on In & Out.

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