The Committee


The Basel Irish Club operates from a core committee elected at an Annual General Meeting of its members. The Basel Irish Club organises social, cultural and recreational events and networking opportunities for all members, their families and friends. The Basel Irish Club also plays an important communications function, issuing regular newsletters and social media updates, with details of upcoming events in Basel, as well as general information which may be of interest to the Irish community and those with a connection to Ireland in Basel.

President  : Mary D’Arcy-Baguley

Hails from Ballinamore Co Leitrim, eldest of a family of 10 children. Enjoys having a good time and travelling. Came to Switzerland for 1 year and decided to stay as the skiing was better than in Ireland. Can be seen on the slopes in the Jungfrau Region during the Winter season and golfing and hiking in the Summer when not directing activities at CTC. Live in Basel with husband Robert and children Fiona and Thomas.

Vice President : Marion Bächlin-Cunningham

Born and reared in Galway City but got caught by travel bug early – lived in Algeria and Indonesia prior to Switzerland. Marion is passionate about Irish dancing, loves jogging, hiking, traveling. On quieter days always has a book in hand getting ready for her next bout of socialising and partying. Marion continues to compete and win Irish dancing competitions.

Treasurer : Denis Hourigan 

Denis moved to Basel in 2010. He arrived in Switzerland having left Ireland in 1998. He
has lived and worked in the UK, France, Greece, Bahrain and Lebanon. He has also served as the Hon Treasurer of the Irish Society in Bahrain. Originally from Cork City, Denis works for Dufry, the world leader in duty free/travel retail retail. He is a qualified accountant and a member (FCCA) of the ACCA global accountancy body. He is married to Jennifer with two children. He enjoys all sports in particular rugby and athletics

Comms  : Olivia Patton

Originally from Donegal, Olivia lived in Dublin for over 11 years before moving to Switzerland in 2009. In between she spent 4 years living in Hong Kong before returning to settle in Basel with her husband Liam. Olivia works for the Bank for International Settlements in IT Change Management.  She is a passionate traveller and a foodie, who loves running, reading and listening to music. 

Una McKeever EntrepreneurHealth/Wellness/Pharmaceuticals/Pharmaceutical Regulation.  Dublin born and bred, arrived Basel 2002 after adventurous times living in US, France and Austria.  Passions include snow sports in winter, road biking, running, hiking and swimming rest of year.  Avid traveller.  Interested in music, fiction, theater, language, politics, nutrition