Oonagh Monahan graduated from University College Galway in 1986 with a BSc in Microbiology and Biochemistry. She was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Food Science and Technology from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 1987 and a Master of Engineering Science by research degree from UCD in 1991. In addition Oonagh has a Diploma in Training and Education from NUI Galway and has qualifications in Marketing Management.
Oonagh is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, an associate member of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors, and a Member of Women in Science and Technology.
Oonagh worked in senior management positions in the biotechnology and food industries in Ireland and the UK for 16 years prior to becoming General Manager of a college based food research centre for 4 years. She joined Helix as a Regional Consultant in 2008 and, based in Dromahair, Co Leitrim, has been responsible for managing activities in the West region.