The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre

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Vincent Woods

Director of TSEAC’s Board since 06/10/2015

Chairman of TSEAC’s Board since 22/02/2018

Vincent Woods is a writer and broadcaster who has worked extensively with Irish traditional musicians in creating original performance pieces. He has presented many leading arts and current affairs programmes on RTÉ Radio 1 and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4. His plays include ‘At the Black Pig’s Dyke’ (Druid Theatre Company) and ‘A Cry from Heaven’ (Abbey Theatre).Poetry collections are ‘The Colour of Language’ and ‘Lives and Miracles’ and he co-edited ‘The Turning Wave: Poems and Songs of Irish Australia’ and ‘Fermata; Writings Inspired by Music’. Plays for radio include ‘The Leitrim Hotel’ and ‘The Gospels of Aughamore’. He has written several song lyrics set to music by Charlie McGettigan, Aidan Brennan and Mairtín O’Connor and recorded by singers including Mary McPartlan and Colleen Raney. He was a contributor to the highly acclaimed Leitrim Equation stage performance with musicians including Donal Lunny and Eleanor Shanley. He has won several awards as a writer and broadcaster and is a member of Aosdána.


Kevin Proctor

Director of TSEAC’s Board since 14/02/2013

A Fingal resident and an accountant by profession, Kevin worked for almost 30 years in Bostik Industries Limited (formerly Evode Industries Limited) in Swords where he commenced in 1985 as Management Accountant becoming Company Secretary and Financial Controller of the company in 1993. Later in 2006 he became Finance Director with responsibility for the consolidation of the Western Europe activities of the Bostik Group (a subsidiary of Total SA).

He served as a member of the Board of Management of Corduff National School, Lusk from 1998 until 2011. During the period 2007-2011 he served as Chairperson of the school’s BoM, a period which coincided with a major expansion of the school’s buildings and facilities.

He was appointed as Company Secretary of The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre Limited on 29/5/2014.


Rory O’Byrne

Director of TSEAC’s Board since 20/04/2001

Arts Officer, Fingal County Council

A Fingallian by birth, Rory O’Byrne is a graduate of Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design and the National College of Art and Design. As a student he was involved in a wide range of arts in the community initiatives in various communities in Dublin City and later in formal education as a secondary school art teacher. Rory was appointed County Arts Officer, for Fingal County Council in January 1994, the first person to hold the post .The function of the arts officer is to promote and develop the art throughout Fingal; this is achieved through a policy based approach, based on publicly consulted strategic arts development plans. Currently Fingal County Council is half way through the life of their current plan (Fingal Arts Plan 2013-2107). The arts office funds and supports two Arts Centres, Draíocht & the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre. There is also funding for Artists-in–Schools programmes, at primary and second level. Support to professional artists is offered through funding and bursary awards, and the arts office is also responsible for commissioning of public artworks through the percent for arts scheme. He is also a director of the Board of Draíocht.


Eileen Neylon

Director of TSEAC’s Board since 20/04/2001

She previously worked in Fingal County Council in the Finance Department and the Development Department.

Eileen has been active in her local community as a board member and ordinary member of Garristown Community Council.

She is secretary of Garristown Historical Society and a member of Garristown Irish Countrywomen’s Association.

Eileen is also board member of Gormanstown Community Employment scheme.


Néillidh Mulligan

Director of TSEAC’s Board since 10/06/2014

Born in Dublin into a family steeped in the Irish music of Co. Leitrim, Neil Mulligan is one of Ireland’s most distinguished uilleann pipers. He is the fourth generation to carry on this musical tradition and was first taught by his father Tom Mulligan, the renowned Leitrim fiddle-player and piper. This tuition was followed by more formal lessons from the great Leo Rowsome in the Dublin Municipal School of Music and The Pipers’ Club and he later came under the influence of family friends and piping legends like Séamus Ennis and Tommy Reck.

Néillidh has won All-Ireland titles at various age levels, has toured extensively around the world and has represented Ireland at numerous bagpipe festivals throughout Europe. In 1991 he released his debut solo album Barr Na Cúile, his second solo album, The Leitrim Thrush in 1997 and in 2004 he released his most recent album An Tobar Glé. Neil's solo performances have taken him to many different parts of the world to play and teach the uilleann pipes and more recently, he has performed with Orchestras in Serbia, Hungary and Romania and has guested on numerous albums.

He is a founding member, patron and former chairman of Na Píobairí Uilleann, the society of Uilleann Pipers.

Néillidh graduated with a BA Degree in Irish and Economics from UCD in 2000 and is employed in the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. He is married with four children.


Clodagh Barnwall

Director of TSEAC’s Board since 12/10/2016

Clodagh is from Oldtown Co. Dublin and works as a Music and Geography secondary school teacher. The Seamus Ennis Centre is very important to her as she grew up learning how to play the tin whistle and Traditional Irish flute there for many years. It was an integral element of her childhood. Having been involved in drama and as a music teacher, she feels it is important to develop the arts on a local and regional level. She believes it is imperative that our culture and heritage is showcased and that we can promote and experience the arts in our local community. Clodagh is a member of a Traditional Irish music band called Tumbleweed and has travelled throughout Ireland and abroad playing traditional Irish music. Through her love of Irish music, Séamus Ennis was a role model that she admired and looked up to as an important contributor to the development of traditional Irish music. She was involved in Macra na Feirme for many years. Through her active participation in this organisation, she had the privilege of being Chairperson of North County Dublin Macra (2013-2015) and PRO for club and Dublin County throughout her years as a member. From this experience shes understands the formalities of an organisation, learned to work as a team player and she appreciates the value of community organisations with direct community participation. Since 2011 she has completed her Performance Diploma in piano with Victoria College of Music London and has been teaching music theory, piano, tin whistle and traditional flute since.


Last updated on Wednesday, December 5th 2018


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