Matt Shanahan is a Waterford native born in Butlerstown, now resident in Ballindud Waterford. He is married with 3 children. Matt’s father John was a hospital doctor and his mother Flora a home economics teacher. Matt was educated at Waterpark College in Waterford and St. Augustine’s College Dungarvan.
Early in his career, Matt worked for the Queally Group, one of Ireland’s largest privately-owned agri-businesses for five years and then spent eleven years in the motor retail business in Dublin.
Matt returned to Waterford in 2001 and worked in an engineering company before setting up his own marketing company in 2004. Equipped with a Marketing degree, Matt then began offering himself as a business consultant with a special interest in market development, planning and access. During this time Matt became involved in significant renewable energy projects and later various healthcare projects.