The Ark Team & Contact Details
The Ark Team
Director: Aideen Howard
(01) 670 7788
General Manager: Avril Ryan
(01) 899 4091
Development & Events Manager: Sarah O'Dwyer
(01) 899 4094
Theatre Programmer: Maria Fleming
(01) 899 4095
Music Programmer: Aisling O'Gorman
(01) 899 4097
Visual Arts Coordinator: Aideen Lynch
(01) 899 4098
Finance Officer: Mary Reade
(01) 899 4093
Marketing Manager: Al Russell
(01) 899 4099
Production Manager: Mark Rooney
(01) 899 4092
Assistant Production Manager: Franco Bistoni
(01) 670 7788
Project Coordinator: Duffy Mooney-Sheppard
(01) 670 7788
Acting Visitor Services Manager: Ashling Vieira
(01) 670 7788
Catherine Byrne. (Chair)
Catherine is currently Chair of DICE (development/ intercultural education in initial teacher education project). Her previous positions include: Senior Programme advisor The Atlantic Philanthropies (2009 - 2012); Executive Director, the LIFT Project, a leadership initiative for females in Trades Unions (2006-2008); Deputy General Secretary INTO (2001-2006); Board member Abbey Theatre (2006-2012); Board member Focus theatre (2009); and Board member Oxfam 2005-2012. Catherine started her career as a primary teacher, was a senior negotiator for the INTO for many years, was equal opportunities officer for the European Trade Union Confederation based in Brussels and in recent years worked for the Atlantic Philanthropies as a senior advisor. She is a qualified mediator and is currently working as a consultant in workplace mediation.
Dr John Coolahan
John is Professor Emeritus at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. He has lectured extensively in Ireland and abroad, is author of three books, has published over 120 articles in Irish and international journals, and has edited several educational publications. Professor Coolahan has had extensive involvement in a public service capacity as an adviser on educational policy in Ireland. At international level, he has been a consultant on education to the EU Commission, the Council of Europe, the World Bank and the OECD. He was main author, or contributor, to OECD Reviews of Education in nine countries. He was author of the Irish Country Background Reports for the OECD reviews on Teachers Matter (2003) and on Higher Education in Ireland (2004).
Professor Coolahan was a founder member and President of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland and was a former Academic Chairman of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe. He was a founder Member and Co-chairman of SCOTENS. He served on the Review Body on Post Primary Education in Northern Ireland (2000/01). He has recently chaired the National Forum on School Patronage and Pluralism, and is current Chairman of the Arts and Education Charter Group.
Brian is Head of EMEA SMB marketing at Twitter. He was previously a commercial manager at Vodafone Ireland, and a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. He spent the early part of his career as a journalist, including six years as the Ireland reporter for the New York Times, and an arts critic for various Irish media. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and a BA in English Literature from Yale University.
Gerry is a poet, critic and journalist. He worked for over 40 years with The Irish Times, writing on cultural matters and as Managing Editor with responsibility for the paper’s literary and arts coverage. His poetry has appeared widely in publications in Ireland, Britain and the United States, since the late 1960s, as well as in translation. His eighth collection, A Song of Elsewhere ( Dedalus Press ) was published in 2015. He was the 2012 recipient of the O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award from the University of St Thomas in St Paul, Minnesota and is a member of Aosdána . He was co-editor of If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song, Dublin’s 'One City One Book' in 2014. He is also on the board of Rough Magic Theatre Company and served on the board of Poetry Ireland for nine years and on The Irish Times publications board in the 1990s.
Tomm is Co- founder and Creative Director of Cartoon Saloon, founded in 1999 by Tomm, Nora Twomey and Paul Young, who met whilst studying animation in Ballyfermot Senior College Dublin. Over the company’s history, Tomm has worked as Director, Art Director, Storyboarder, Animator and Illustrator on a range of projects from commercials to service work for feature films and TV series, as well as a number of short film projects. Tomm has directed 2 universally successful feature films; The Secret Of Kells and the spiritual follow-up, Song of the Sea. Both films were nominated for Academy Awards ®. Tomm also directed the “On Love” segment for The Prophet, a feature animation produced by Salma Hayek based on one of the best-selling books of all times. Currently, Tomm is dividing his time between the development of his latest project Wolf Walkers and pre-production on The Breadwinner, a feature film, based on the bestselling novel by Deborah Ellis. Tomm received the Directors Guild Of Ireland and America Finder’s Series Award in 2008 and European Director of the year at the Cartoon Movie in 2009
The Ark Board, August 2016
From L-R: Donnchadh Ó Madagáin, Tomm Moore, Marie McLoughlin, Helen O’Donoghue, Catherine Byrne, Gerry Smyth, Dr John Coolahan and Brian Lavery