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

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

Helen O'Donoghue

Helen O’Donoghue is Senior Curator and Head of Education & Community Programmes, Irish Museum of Modern Art, since 1991 where she leads a team to devise initiatives for both formal and informal learning engaging with all aspects of the museum: creating access to and engagement with art and artists through the Artists' Residency Programme, with freelance artists, artists in the Collection and those exhibiting in temporary exhibitions at the Museum. The department has worked on several trans-European funded research programmes since 1996, exploring Adult Education in museums; young people and contemporary arts and Digital Learning.

A Graduate of Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, in 1979, she was awarded an M.Litt in 2007 from the Faculty of Education. She has been visiting lecturer in a number of Third Level colleges and also external examiner for the BA in Visual Arts on Sherkin Island for Dublin Institute of Technology. Board memberships include Family Resource Centre, St Michael’s Estate, Inchicore, Dublin; The Ark, National Children's Cultural Centre; Poetry Ireland; Age and Opportunity. Appointed: 10/03/2008

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

Fiona Scott

Fiona Scott has worked in Advertising for over 20 years starting out in KHK Needham in Malaysia. From there Fiona moved to Ogilvy in Dublin and subsequently to McConnells. Working in media Fiona founded MCM Communications, a media independent in the McConnell Group where she was Managing Director for 9 years. In June 2007 she moved to the advertising side of the business as Group Operations Director and was appointed Managing Director of McConnells in February 2008.  In 2010, along with 5 others, Fiona founded Boys and Girls Advertising which is the fastest growing agency in Dublin. Appointed: 17/12/2013

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