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

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

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

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

Olwen Dawe

Olwen Dawe is a Policy Analyst and Consultant, and has recently led many of the Gender Equality and Diversity projects in the arts and cultural institutions - she is currently the implementation lead for the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon Equality, Human Rights and Diversity Policy. With a professional background spanning public and private sector roles in strategic management, Olwen also advises on, and facilitates in the development of organisational and advocacy/policy strategies. A graduate of the Whitaker School of Government and Management (IPA), and NCI (formerly the National College of Industrial Relations), Olwen holds a BA (Hons) in Industrial Relations, a Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Science, Public Policy Analysis and an MEconScience in Public Policy Analysis. Olwen has recently completed a Professional Certificate in Governance.

A passionate advocate for both gender equality and the role of arts in society, Olwen is a former Board member of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) and the inaugural Chair of Network Ireland’s Advisory Council (she was the organisation’s National President in 2015). Olwen currently serves on the Boards of the Lyric Theatre (Belfast) and CoisCéim Dance Theatre, and has also served as Chair of the Policy Research Committee of the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA). Appointed: 19/07/2017​

Ronan Reid

Ronan Reid has had a life-long interest in poetry and literature. He has also been a volunteer director in a range of non-profit organisations, with a particular focus on improving the opportunities for children to participate and express themselves in the community and through sport. These have included acting as non-executive director of Tennis Ireland, roles in the Public Parks Tennis Programme, Chair of Local Sports partnership in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Head of Football in Park Celtic Football Club. 

Professionally he is the Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland, a position he has held since Dolmen Stockbrokers was acquired by Cantor Fitzgerald in November 2012. Ronan founded Dolmen in 1995. In that capacity, Ronan enabled and raised funds for a considerable number of start-up businesses including a range of third level spin out companies. Appointed: 23/04/2019

Cian Ferriter

Cian Ferriter is a senior counsel with extensive experience in commercial, regulatory and media litigation. He is the Chairperson of the Irish Takeover Panel. He is a former board member of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and a current board member of the Irish Traditional Music Archive. He also sits on the board of the Incorporated Council for Law Reporting in Ireland. He is a former presenter of the Blackbird and the Bell  television series. He has enjoyed, in his words, some very minor success as a poet. Appointed: 05/09/2019

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh is an Irish-language poet. Her books include Péacadh, (Coiscéim 2008), Tost agus Allagar (Coiscéim, 2016) and a bilingual collection The Coast Road (Gallery Press, 2016). Cois Life published her translations from the French of Andrée Chedid as part of the ‘File ar Fhile’ series in 2019. She is a recipient of the Michael Hartnett Award and the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry. A graduate of NUI Galway, where she earned a PhD in Irish Studies. Now based in Cork city, she lectures in Modern Irish at UCC. Appointed: 03/06/2020

Felicia Olusanya

Felispeaks is a Nigerian-Irish poet, performer and playwright from Co. Longford. As well as being a member of Dublin City Council's Culture Company Advisory Panel, Felispeaks is a member of the poetry collective; "We Are Griot". Felispeaks has been nominated ‘Best Performer’ by Dublin Fringe Festival Sept 2018 judges for her performance in ‘BOYCHILD’, a co-written play by Dagogo Hart and herself. Felispeaks has also had the opportunity to perform her poetry at Concern Worldwide's 50th Anniversary in Dublin Castle in September 2018 which included speakers such as UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, President Bill Clinton and Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson. Felicia has also been honoured with an award by the (APNI) African Professional Network of Ireland in December 2017 for her unique contribution to the art scene in Dublin City. Appointed 16/06/2020