Mother Tongues' People

francesca la mogia

Dr Francesca La Morgia


Dr Francesca La Morgia is is the founder and director of Mother Tongues. Francesca has an MPhil in Applied Linguistics from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in bilingual language acquisition from DCU. She lectured in language development from 2010 to 2021 across various universities, holding posts at the University of Reading, Trinity College, Ulster University and Maynooth University. 

Francesca’s work within Mother Tongues focuses on Learning, Research and Policy development across education and the arts. 

Elena Cristofanon

Elena Cristofanon

Operations Manager

Elena Cristofanon is an Italian creative with a growing passion for projects and people management. She oversees the management of all the projects and the marketing of Mother Tongues. Elena has been behind the scenes of Mother Tongues since the very beginning, in 2017, and is extremely proud of its fast growth. With an academic background in Art History and Standards for Education in Museums, she continued her studies in Ireland in the area of Marketing, Management and Web Design.
She has been recently awarded the Arts Council’s Agility Award to expand the Contatto project on a national scale. 

tony fegan

Tony Fegan

Creative Producer

Dublin-born Tony Fegan is a creative producer, theatre director and participatory arts practitioner. Tony established Lift Learning Programme at Lift (London International Festival of Theatre). As Director of Learning (1992 – 2007) he developed a wide-ranging and highly influential learning programme with national and international artists working with youth, community groups, schools and universities on long-term artist collaborations, including site-specific events. 
He is a founder member of Project Phakama, an inter-cultural youth arts exchange programme between London, Southern Africa, India and South America. He was a visiting artist in residence at the Glencree Peace and Reconciliation Centre Summer School, Ireland in 2002. He has extensive experience in creating multilingual performances through artist-in-residence projects in intercultural and international settings.
Tony was CEO/Director at Tallaght Community Arts in Dublin from 2007 – 2023. Tony repositioned Tallaght Community Arts as an arts development organisation working closely with communities in Tallaght, across South Dublin County and internationally.
In 2021 Tony spearheading a local resident /arts consortium was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland Creative Places R&D award. In 2022 the consortium was awarded the Arts Council of Ireland Creative Places 3-year award.


Hanna Oberdorfer

Participation & learning coordinator

Hanna holds a B.Ed. in Special Needs Education and an M.A. in Conflict Transformation – both following the idea of an inclusive and equitable world in which diversity is celebrated. Through her work in multiple fields of education and outreach, most recently in Global Citizenship Education, she has aimed to promote intercultural dialogue and enhanced relationships between different groups.
Her passion for music, arts and languages provides her with endless inspiration for creative methods and new ways of engagement.

tatiana santos

Tatiana Santos

Transcultural programmes coordinator and Trainer

Tatiana Santos is a Racial Justice Tutor, Cultural Mediator and Socially Engaged Artist. In 2020, she completed her Master in Dispute Resolution — her dissertation, called “New Kid on the Black: an immigrant woman of colour transforming ethnic conflicts in Ireland”, is focused on the potential of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding to create bridges when it comes to Afrophobia. Since 2018, she has been facilitating talking circles and artistic activities to encourage equity and integration through culture and education, having worked with the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Dublin Council, CDETB and currently working as the Intercultural Network Facilitator for Artists at Mother Tongues.

suzanne mccarthy

Suzanne McCarthy

education project officer

Suzanne’s primary degree is in Early Childhood Care and Education from the Technological University Dublin (formerly known as Institute of Technology Blanchardstown). Suzanne’s current research is in the area of heritage languages in Irish primary schools. This research was awarded the 2020 Irish Research Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL) Postgraduate Master Award. Suzanne also currently lectures in Language Studies in the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education at Maynooth University.


Andrea Sanagustín Cabrero

Events Management Intern

Andrea Sanagustín Cabrero is currently studying an MPhil in Identities and Cultures of Europe at Trinity College Dublin, with a personal focus on the intersection between multilingualism, multiculturalism, migration, and identity. She holds a BA in Modern Languages and Translation (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain) and has worked as a Schuman Trainee in the Directorate-General for Translation at the Secretariat-General of the European Parliament, Luxembourg. She is very interested in projects that promote and protect literature, culture, language, and history, as well as in the intersections of migration, multilingualism and interculturality in a European context.

Board of Directors

Juley-Ann Collins

Juley-Ann Collins

Interim chair person

An Arts and Project Manager, with over 10 years experience in cultural and production management in a multi- disciplinary national and international context; producing, curating and co-ordinating small to large scale projects, funded through the Arts Council of Ireland and Creative Europe. With a Bachelor of Business, Event Management & PR, MA in Public Advocacy & Activism and a Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership, memberships include Theatre Forum and Irish Street Arts Circus and Spectacle Network.

Caroline Walters

Interim treasurer

A Limerick native, Caroline holds an honours degree in Applied Languages, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Masters in Business Management from the University of Limerick. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Education from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. Caroline’s love of languages started with Gaeilge from an early age and she now counts German, Spanish and French as languages that are close to her heart! Caroline is passionate about embracing and learning from other cultures and she loves to travel. Caroline currently works as a primary school teacher full time having worked in the business world up until 2012. She and her Spanish husband are raising their young children in a busy bilingual household!

Maria Golpe

Maria Golpe Varela


Originally from Galicia, in Northern Spain, Maria is a native Galician speaker and a parent in a multilingual household. She has a degree in Journalism and a post graduate certificate in Digital Marketing and she works in Communications and Marketing in the travel industry.