Board Member since February 23 2021
Simon Shire qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and has been a practising Notary Public since 2015. He holds a keen interest in the creative arts and currently works as a Consultant Solicitor with MediaLawyer Solicitors in the areas of television, film, theatre and music copyright law. Author of Entertainment and Media law in Ireland (due for publication in late 2021), he is also a member as composer and producer of IMRO, MCPSI and PPI. During a career break from conveyancing and general legal practice, Simon attended Pulse College/Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Dublin 4 from 2011 to 2013 and studied music production and sound engineering. In recent years, he has guest-lectured in film law at Pulse. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, playing the piano, live events, getaways to Dingle to catch some trad music, and countryside walks with his Dalmatian.
Simon holds a degree in Law & Accounting from the University of Limerick (2001) where he lectured a number of law modules for several years post-graduation. He resides in Donabate with his partner and is originally from Limerick.
Councillor Cathal Boland
Board Member since September 28th 2021
A current member of Fingal County Council, As Cathaoirleach (Mayor) Cathal performed the official opening of the Séamus Ennis Arts Centre in 2001.
He currently serves on DDLETB and related school boards. He is a member of Fingal County Council’s Community Development, Heritage Culture and Creativity Strategic Policy Committee, The County Heritage Forum and the Audit Committee, amongst other bodies.
An active member and former Chairman of the Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society 1916-1921, he is a well-known public speaker on the period. Recently he scripted, directed and narrated the docudrama “Who Shot Sergeant Kirwan?”
A graduate of the Dublin College of Catering, Cathal worked in the commercial catering sector for over three decades, retiring from the position of General Manager in Northern Ireland from one of the largest contract caterers in Ireland and the UK.
Cathal is a member of The Institute of Directors. He studied and practiced across Transport and Personnel Management, Arbitration and Finance and has wide practical experience across businesses.