Poetry Ireland Board

Ciarán Benson (Chairperson)

Ciarán Benson is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University College Dublin. His research interests include the cultural psychology of self, philosophical psychology, and the psychology and philosophy of ‘Art’. His publications include The cultural psychology of self: Place, morality and art in human worlds. London/New York: Routledge, 2001, and The absorbed self: Pragmatism, psychology and aesthetic experience. London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1993. He has long been practically active in the arts in Ireland as a policymaker, occasional curator and critic. Amongst other things, he was the first chairman of the Irish Film Institute, of the City Arts Centre and, from 1993-1998, he was Chair of The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). Appointed: 25/06/2013

Olwen Dawe

Olwen Dawe is a Policy Analyst and Consultant, with a specific interest in gender equality and diversity, policy and advocacy. With a professional background spanning public and private sector roles in strategic management, Olwen has advised a range of State agencies, private companies, arts organisations and multidisciplinary festivals on issues such as development and fundraising strategies, policy advocacy, strategic planning and communications. Olwen also oversaw the implementation of the Yeats2015 programme. A passionate advocate for both gender equality and the role of arts in society, Olwen is a Board member of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) and CoisCéim Dance Theatre, the inaugural Chair of Network Ireland’s Advisory Council (she was the organisation’s National President in 2015) and Chair of the Policy Research Committee of the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA). Olwen holds a BBS. Hons, a PG Dip. Economic Science (Public Policy Analysis) and will be awarded an MEconSc. in December 2017. Appointed: 19/07/2017​

Peter Fallon

Peter Fallon lives in Loughcrew in County Meath. His books include News of the World: Selected and New Poems (1998), The Georgics of Virgil (a Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation, 2004, reissued in Oxford World’s Classics) and The Company of Horses (2007). In 1970, he founded The Gallery Press and he has edited and published more than four hundred books of poems and plays by the country's finest established and emerging authors. A member of Aosdána, he was Burns Library Visiting Scholar at Boston College last year. A new collection of poems, Strong, My Love, was published in 2014. Appointed: 02/09/2014

Joan McBreen

Joan McBreen is from Sligo. She divides her time between Tuam, Co Galway and Renvyle in Connemara. She has published four collections of poetry and edited two anthologies. Her CD The Long Light on the Land was released in 2004. She gives readings and lectures in Ireland and internationally. She has worked with the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet and composer Glen Austin on her new CD The Mountain Ash in Connemara. The CD features selected poems read to new arrangements of traditional Irish airs and original classical music. Appointed: 30/01/12

Christine Monk

Christine Monk is a Dublin-based cultural publicist. Originally from Australia she works closely with cultural organisations, festivals and venues to develop their media profile, and has worked with most of the leading Irish arts organisations. She runs media training courses for organisations such as Arts Audiences and The Lir, was a script reader with the Abbey Theatre, and a judge on the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Appointed: 25/09/2013

Joe Moreau

Joe Moreau is Managing Partner of Byrne Moreau Connell, Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors.  He is a Partner in Byrne Moreau Connell since 1981 and has been Managing Partner of the practice since 1999. Through Byrne Moreau Connell, Joe does a significant amount of audit and consultancy work in the arts, broadcasting and entertainment areas. Joe was a founding shareholder and director of Today FM. He was a director of Temple Bar Properties and subsequently Temple Bar Cultural Trust for many years. Joe is non-executive director of a number of companies including MCO Projects Limited. Appointed: 17/12/2013

Alan Moore

Alan Moore is an Irish writer and poet, published by Anvil Press Poetry.  His first collection of poems, Opia (1986) was a UK Poetry Book Society Choice, a distinction for a first collection.  His second collection, How Now! (2010) was described as "a searingly autobiographical book which bears comparison with Paul Durcan's Daddy, Daddy,"  and "a fine cumulative portrait of growing up in Ireland." He worked in the Office of the Revenue Commissioners (on the drafting of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997) and in legal publishing before becoming a tax consultant and publisher. He is widely known for his regular articles in The Sunday Business Post, and is the author of the best-selling Tax Magic. Appointed: 10/03/2011

Paul Muldoon

Paul Muldoon was born in County Armagh and grew up in the Moy, County Tyrone. He is the author of 12 collections of poetry, including Moy Sand and Gravel, which was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, Maggot (2010), and One Thousand Things Worth Knowing (2015). The Word on the Street, song lyrics, appeared in 2013. Poetry editor at The New Yorker, he lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University. Appointed: 02/09/2014

Jean O'Mahony

Jean O’Mahony is a public policy specialist who has worked extensively across the Oireachtas, Government and the private sector.  Currently Head of Policy and Research in AIB’s Corporate Affairs and Strategy Division, Jean works as an adviser to the Director of Corporate Affairs and the CEO on matters of external communications, external stakeholder engagement and policy. Jean has previously served as a policy adviser to two leaders of the Labour Party, and as a Special Adviser to the Tánaiste between 2011 and 2014, where she worked on the implementation of the Programme for Government. A committed believer in democratic politics, she is also an active member of the Constance Markievicz Circle of Women for Election. Jean holds an MscEcon in International Politics from the University of Wales, and a BA in English Literature and History from Trinity College Dublin. Appointed: 19/07/2017

Tristan Rosenstock

Tristan Rosenstock works in television and radio and presents TG4’s IFTA-winning arts series Imeall. He has presented numerous radio documentaries on Newstalk, most recently a programme examining Brendan Behan’s Irish-language works. He tours worldwide with traditional group Téada and works in theatre. Later this year he will direct Má Thagann Tú/ If You Come,  a stage tapestry which weaves declarations of love in Irish verse and song, and also Where Ben Bulben sets the scene, which combines spoken word and music and will be staged in Sligo as part of Yeats 150. Tristan studied Early & Modern Irish in Trinity College, Dublin and Film & Television Studies in DCU. Appointed: 12/02/2015

Bill Shipsey

Bill Shipsey is a Barrister and the founder and Chair of Art for Amnesty, Amnesty International's engagement programme for global artists of all disciplines. He conceived, and produces, Amnesty International's most prestigious human rights prize, the Ambassador of Conscience Award inspired by a poem written for Amnesty by Seamus Heaney. He is a former Chair of FLAC, the Irish Section of Amnesty International and the Irish Hospice Foundation. He is currently Chair of the Irrawaddy (Burmese) Literary Festival. He is also Chair of two international human rights organisations one based in The Hague and the other in Washington D.C. He has lead successful fundraising campaigns for numerous NGO's including The Ark Children's Trust in Temple Bar and Roddy Doyle's Fighting Words. Appointed: 02/09/2014