New Arts Council members (and Director) (Wednesday 21 September 2011)

This in earlier today:
Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, is pleased to announce that he has appointed Dr Eimear O'Connor, Mr Mark O'Regan and Mr Ciarán Walsh to the Board of the Arts Council .
Minister Deenihan said “I am delighted to have obtained the agreement of these three appointees to the Board as their collective expertise will bring valuable and diverse talents to the work of the Council. I am confident that they collectively will add to the range of existing expertise and skill sets present on the Board so as to ensure its continued development into the future”
The Minister also welcomed newly appointed Arts Council Director, Ms Orlaith McBride upon her commencement in her new role earlier this month.

Biographies of new appointees to the An Chomhairle Ealaíon/ Arts Council

Dr Éimear O’Connor HRHA
Éimear O’Connor received her PhD from UCD, and is an art historian specialising in Irish art, for which she has received several academic accolades: PhD Scholar at the Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD; Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at TRIARC-Irish Art Research Centre, TCD, and more recently, the Clare and Tony White Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at TRIARC-Irish Art Research Centre, TCD. She has been proposed as a Research Associate with the Department of History of Art and Architecture, TCD. O’Connor was elected an Honorary Royal Hibernian Academician in 2010 for her contribution to the arts in Ireland. She has lectured on Irish visual culture in academic and cultural and institutions in Ireland and America, and is editor and author of books, articles and reviews on the topic of Irish art and artists. She has extensive experience of the Irish art world as a curator, and a professional artist who has shown work in Ireland, America and Denmark.

Mr Mark O'Regan
Mark O’Regan has been a professional actor for nearly thirty years. He has a long association with the Abbey and Gate theatres in Dublin. His work for the Abbey Theatre includes: Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme; Juno and the Paycock; The Plough and the Stars and The School for Scandal. Appearances at the Gate Theatre include; Fathers and Sons; Sharon’s Grave; Festen; Sweeney Todd; The Old Curiosity Shop and All My Sons.

At the Gaiety Theatre he appeared in Borstal Boy; Translations and The Field. He has also worked in the Everyman and the Opera House in Cork; Galway Arts’ Festival; and The Arts’ Theatre in Belfast.
His work abroad has taken him to the Edinburgh, Japan, New York, and Montreal.
TV and film highlights include The Commitments; Upwardly Mobile; Black Day at Blackrock;  Into the West; The Last of the High Kings and Angela’s Ashes. Mark also reviews film on the Marian Finucane show on RTE 1.

Mr Ciarán Walsh
Ciarán Walsh is a graduate of Communications Studies from DCU and since his first professional job as Stage Manager with Opera Theatre Company, has been involved in the performing arts for nearly 20 years. He has been General Manager of the Dublin Theatre Festival and Managing Director of Druid Theatre Company. Since 2001, he has worked with Abhann Productions as Line Producer on Riverdance and continues to work with the production on a consulting basis. From 2005 to 2010, he was a Director of Long Road Productions managing and producing various large-scale theatre productions and events. In 2010, he produced, with b*spoke Theatre Company, the London premiere and national tour of Tom Murphy’s The Sanctuary Lamp directed by the author. Amongst other projects, he currently works with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, curating and managing the cultural programme of Presidential visits abroad. He was Chair of Irish Theatre Magazine from 2001 to 2004 and most recently served on the Board of Macnas.

Orlaith McBride
Orlaith McBride has worked in the arts for over 15 years across a broad range of arts organisations including local authorities, arts-in-education, youth arts and theatre.
She has produced the National Youth Theatre at the Peacock Theatre since 2007.  She is the President of the National Youth Council of Ireland, a member of the Governing Authority of Dublin City University and a member of the National Youth Work Advisory Committee.  She served as a member of the Arts Council for over 7 years, was a member of the Dublin City Council Strategic Policy Committee (Arts and Youth) from 2004-2009 and was a member of the Arts Council Special Committee on the Arts and Education.
She became Director of Director of the National Association for Youth Drama, the development organisation for youth theatre in Ireland, in 2003, developing and managing the strategic development of a national organisation as well as representing the youth theatre sector in Ireland.
She previously held the position as Arts Officer with the National Youth Council of Ireland where she developed the first National Strategy for Young People and the Arts, as well as promoting and developing youth arts within the voluntary youth sector in Ireland.