Gerry Cunningham grew up on a small farm in Ballyglass townland and was the only child of Michael and Bridget (Harraghy) Cunningham. He attended Dunally National School during the 1960s before entering the Technical School, Sligo in 1968. He was involved with athletics in the area for several years, serving as Secretary of Calry Athletic Club during the early 1970s. In 1974 he moved to Dublin for third-level education and entered Trinity College (Dublin University) where he graduated in Production Engineering in 1978 followed by a Masters degree in Computer Science in 1979. He then returned to Sligo and worked for just over seven years at the Regional Technical College (RTC), now the Institute of Technology, Sligo. During that period he was a member of the RTC team that established the first primary degree course in Environmental Science in the Republic of Ireland. In 1987 he took a career break and emigrated to Kenya where he worked for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at its global headquarters in Nairobi up to the time of his retirement in April 2016. He has a keen interest in local history and is a founding member of Calry Local History Society.
13/08/2016 Gerry Cunningham – ‘Room with a view‘
13/08/2016 Gerry Cunningham – ‘Census Night at Colgagh House‘
11/10/2016 Gerry Cunningham – ‘Short Back and Sides‘