Board Members

Cllr Seamus Ryan

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Cllr. Seamus Ryan is the current Deputy Mayor of Waterford City and County and former Mayor of Waterford City. Seamus holds a BA in Public Administration and a BSc in Library and Information Science. He is currently a Librarian at Waterford Institute of Technology. A former Board member of the Imagine Arts Festival Seamus has a keen interest in all aspects of the arts. He is looking forward to working with the Board of Garter Lane Arts Centre.

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Cllr Frank Quinlan

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Cllr Frank Quinlan is on the board, but have not yet published their board profiles.

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Clodagh Walsh

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Clodagh is the founder of SpeakEasy Communications Consultancy. Formally a broadcast journalist with RTÉ, she spent most of her career either behind a mic or in front of a camera. Clodagh has presented TV News bulletins, edited radio news, reported for Morning Ireland, The Week In politics, and the Oireachtas Unit. She was a familiar voice on ” It says in the papers” on Morning Ireland.

She spent several years working abroad; In New York as a technical writer for a medical devices company; in London managing merchandise for some of London’s most famous West End theatres and in Italy as an English teacher in a European school.

Clodagh studied Communications at the College of Commerce in Rathmines, Dublin.

She is a mentor for the Women on Air project, helping professional women become more visible in mainstream media. She also sits on the board of Waterford Youth Arts.

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Aisling O’Neill

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Aisling is Manager of Waterford Institute of Technology’s ArcLabs Research and Innovation Centre. Aisling has over 10 years experience working across various research and innovation roles, completing her PhD in 2016 in entrepreneurship at Waterford Institute of Technology. Her PhD focussed on the area of entrepreneurship and networks, with specific interest in the gender dimension of network development. Aisling has presented her research internationally, across Ireland, the UK, Europe and the US. Aisling thrives on working with entrepreneurs and is driven to participate in fostering a sustainable economy in Waterford and the South East region of Ireland.

Aisling is also Vice President of Network Ireland, an organisation dedicated to the personal and professional development of women in Ireland since 1983. Aisling is very excited to be bringing the national Presidency to her home branch in 2021.

Aisling is hugely committed to the Arts and is proud to sit on the board of Garter Lane Arts Centre and work with her networks and expertise to support the centre.

To get in contact with Aisling, please email: amoneill@wit.ie.

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Michael Grant

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Michael brings a wide range of experience to the Garter Lane board. His professional life was as a procurement director for Suir Engineering Ltd and is currently a cross cultural management lecturer at the International School of Business.
His connection to the Arts is as a director of many local amateur productions also a producer of radio documentaries and local theatre work.
Michael is also Chairman of Waterford Youth Arts and a member of the Waterford Cultural Quarter committee.

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Padraig O’ Griofa

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Pádraig has a lifetime of Theatre activity from acting, through Producer, production manager, set builder, the whole gambit. He has been involved in the building, manufacturing, and service industry for forty years, as a Company owner, financial Director, HR, and sales, with a wide skillset available to the board.

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Susan Connolly

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Susan Connolly is an artist and lecturer and is the Programme Leader on the Visual Art course at SETU|Waterford.
Susan is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design, holds an MFA from the University of Ulster, a first class honours MA from ACW at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin and her PhD was awarded from Ulster University having secured the VC Scholarship.
Her recent exhibitions include solo shows at Kunsthaus Dalhem, Berlin (2020); Platform Arts, Belfast (2018); The Lab, Dublin (2015); dlrLexicon, Dublin (2015); and The MAC, Belfast (2014). Group exhibitions include Generations, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny (2022) Uphold, Belfast (2021/22); Penumbra, FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge (2020); Paint-ing, Draiocht, Dublin (2019); After an Act, The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2018); Peripheries 2017, Gorey School of Art (2017); Veins, The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin (2016); What Is, and What Might be, Highlanes Gallery, Drogehda (2015); ArtBox, Dublin (2014); The Trouble with Painting, The Pumphouse Gallery, London (2014); Essays for the House of Memory, Ormston House (2013), Limerick; Three Degrees of Painting, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan (2013).
Recent awards include; Arts Council of Ireland (2021/22); Culture Ireland Funding (2019); Arts Funding, Kildare County Council (2019); The Golden Foundation, New York (2017); WARP artist residency, Belgium (2010); Arts Council of Ireland, Travel and Training Award (2009); DCR Guesthouse Residency, Den Haag, Holland (2009)

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