Board & Governance - VISUAL

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Board & Governance

Meet our Board


Kathleen Holohan - Chairperson
Fiona Kearney
Councillor Tom O'Neill
Councillor Ken Murnane
Dr. Derek Coyle
Tadhg O’Sullivan

Kathleen Holohan - Chairperson (appointed 2015)
Kathleen Holohan became Chief Executive of Carlow Council on 19th October 2015, having previously been Deputy Chief Executive of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council from July 2007 and a Director of Services with the Council from March 2001. Kathleen was a Director in 3 key directorates - Housing, Planning and Corporate Services and Human Resources. She previously worked in Dublin County Council and Dún Laoghaire Corporation. Kathleen has been a member of a number of Boards including Venturepoint, Southside Partnership and the Homeless Agency which she chaired from May 2004 to January 2009. She was involved in the establishment of the Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire and was a board member from June 2000 to April 2008.

Fiona Kearney (appointed 2014)
Fiona Kearney is the founding Director of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, a purpose built award-winning art museum on the campus of University College Cork. In this position she has curated Folly: Art after Architecture; Living/Loss: The Experience of Illness in Art, Modern American Painting from the NYU Art Collection; The Year of the Golden Pig: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection and Through the Looking Glass: Childhood in Contemporary Photography. In June 2013, she was invited to curate a major exhibition of Irish art at the Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy. Island: New Art from Ireland formed part of the International Culture Programme for Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union.

Throughout her career, Fiona has received several distinguished awards including the designation of college scholar by UCC, the NUI Prix d'Honneur from the French Government, a UCC President’s Award for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching, and a Fulbright scholarship. In June 2006, she was awarded the Jerome Hynes Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme, the highest award offered to an individual by the Arts Council of Ireland. In July 2008, she participated in the Getty Museum Leadership Institute at the Getty Center, Los Angeles. In December 2008, she was appointed to serve as a member of the Arts Council of Ireland for a 5-year term, where she chaired its Policy and Strategy Committee. Fiona has published widely on contemporary art and has contributed articles and reviews to Source, Circa, and the Irish Arts Review. She is a member of the Irish Museums Association, ICOM, IKT and AICA.

Dr. Derek Coyle (appointed 2017)
Dr. Derek Coyle is a Lecturer in English in Carlow College. B.A. Th., M.A. Th. (Pontifical University, Maynooth); M.A. (Maynooth University); Ph.D. (University of Glasgow)

Dr Derek Coyle has published poems and reviews in the United States, Britain and Ireland. He has been shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award (2010, 2014), the Bradshaw Prize (2011), and in 2012 he was a chosen poet for the Poetry Ireland ‘Introductions Series’. In 2013 he was a runner-up in the Bradshaw Prize. Dr Coyle has read his poems in museums, galleries and lecture halls in Ireland, Scotland, and the United States. His research interests include Irish and international poetry, particularly the sense of place, and the relationship between poetry, theology and philosophy. He has published articles on Shamanism in the work of Derek Walcott, and the Sense of Place in the work of Martin Heidegger and Michael Longley.

Tadhg O'Sullivan (appointed 2017)
Tadhg O’Sullivan is a filmmaker and sound artist living in Carlow, Ireland. His self-produced directorial work includes films for the Arts Council (Ireland), Al Jazeera English, Channel 4 (UK) and TG4 (Ireland). His film editing and sound design work spans a ten year career in a number of countries, ranging from experimental shorts to feature films.
Working within the documentary and experimental film traditions his work often explores the relationships between individuals and societal structures of power. His first feature film “Yximalloo” (co-directed with Feargal Ward) has shown at numerous international film festivals, winning the Prix Premiere at FiD Marseille in 2014. He received the Arts Council of Ireland’s Film Bursary in 2015.

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We last reviewed our Child Protection and Welfare policy in July 2020, the declaration is available here.

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