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

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