Board & Staff

adrian Moynes (Chairperson)

Adrian Moynes comes from Armagh.  He read English at Oxford, returned to teach in Armagh, and joined RTÉ in 1979.  There he worked as a producer in both radio and television before moving to administration.  He was Managing Director of Radio (2002-2009) and RTÉ Group Secretary (2009-2012).  Throughout his career he was associated with the European Broadcasting Union and served as Vice-President of its Radio Assembly.  From 2009-2012 he was a member of the board of Euronews.

In recent years he has contributed to the John O'Connor Writing School and Literary Festival in Armagh.  

He is married to the artist Ruth McDonnell.

shirley clerkin

Shirley Clerkin is from Monaghan and is the Heritage Officer with Monaghan County Council.  In her early career, she worked with environmental non-governmental organisations and was a director of Friends of the Earth Ireland.  She represented the Heritage Council on Comhar - the National Sustainable Development Partnership, and is currently representing Ireland on a European committee for Sustainable Cultural Heritage Tourism. She has studied environmental sciences, law, local government and public management.  Particularly interested in sustainability, biodiversity and cultural heritage, she contributes culture and environment articles for many publications including Irish Wildlife and The Village magazine.  She has recently presented a film documentary on gothic architecture in Monaghan. Many moons ago, she was a member of the RTE Philharmonic Choir.


Maureen Kennelly has been director of Poetry Ireland since October 2013.  She was Primary Curator with the Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival for 2012 and 2013 and she was Programme Director of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway for 2009 and 2010. 

She was previously director of Kilkenny Arts Festival, artistic director of the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray and she has also worked with Fishamble New Writing Theatre Company, Druid Theatre Company, The Arts Council and the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. 

She was a member of the judging panel for the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for 2002 and 2006 and she chaired this panel in 2003. 

She was appointed to the Expert Advisory Committee of Culture Ireland in 2013 and she is a member of the governing body of UCC. 

A native of Ballylongford, Co Kerry, she is a graduate of the MA in Literature and Publishing from NUI Galway. 


Originally from Dublin and a graduate of UCD, Deirdre came to Northern Ireland in 1973 to work as a Careers Officer working in secondary level schools across NI but retired as a Senior Civil Servant having served as Director of Health Development, Director of Corporate Services and Director of Road Safety and Vehicle Regulation across several NI departments. She has worked in areas as diverse as public health, tourism, north/south issues, economic development, employment schemes for young people and the long term unemployed, personnel/ human resources, road safety and emergency planning.

She is currently a member of the Board of Libraries NI and is currently Vice-Chair of its Audit and risk Committee.  She is also a board member of the NI Police Fund, a body set up in 2002 under the Patton Report to provide support to police officers and their families who have been murdered or injured as a direct result of terrorist violence.

Deirdre has a strong interest in the arts having been involved in amateur drama for many years.  She is currently involved with a Belfast based group of creative writers and through her past work with the Belfast Picture Borrowing Group, provided support to local artists.  Since retiring she has become an enthusiastic (if indifferent) water colourist.


Richard McBride is an independent legal consultant.  Having been born and brought up in Northern Ireland he read law at Trinity College, Dublin.  He has been admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland and has worked with law firms in Belfast, Dublin, Frankfurt and London.  He has a keen interest in opera, being a member of the Board of Northern Ireland Opera.  He is also a patron of the Ulster Orchestra and a longstanding member of the Tate and the British Museum, as well as the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society and the Irish Legal History Society.  He has been a governor of Foyle College, Derry~Londonderry since 2017.


Anne Makower worked for many years in RTE as a TV Producer/ Director of many types of programme, but specializing in music, including live concerts, competitions, documentaries and operas. She has also directed operas in the theatre and has performed as actress and singer. She wrote a musical with Proinnsias Ó Duinn, 'Stuff and Nonsense', and has written scripts for plays, entertainments and her own lecture-recitals, as well as an opera libretto and poems for a song cycle by Derek Ball.  She was Chairman of the Dublin Youth Orchestras for twelve years and represented RTE on the European Broadcasting Union TV Music and Dance Committee.


Kim is Head of Art at the National Museums NI and she is currently a Director on the Board of Craft NI.  Throughout her career Kim has curated, juried and selected exhibitions, lectured and written about the history and development of museums and art curation, and the accessibility of art collections. 


Stephen Sexton lives in Belfast where he teaches at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, at Queen's University, Belfast. A first book will be published by Penguin in 2019. His pamphlet, Oils, published by The Emma Press in 2014, was the Poetry Book Society’s Winter Pamphlet Choice. Poems have been published in Granta, Poetry London, and Best British Poetry 2015. He was the winner of the 2016 National Poetry Competition and the recipient of an ACES award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2018. 

Kevin V. Mulligan

Kevin V. Mulligan was born in Kells, County Meath and is a graduate of the National University of Ireland and Trinity College, Dublin.  As an independent architectural historian he is the author of numerous books and articles including The Buildings of Ireland volume "South Ulster: Armagh, Cavan and Monaghan".  Kevin lives in County Monaghan.



Annaghmakerrig exists for the artists. But the heart of the House lies in the small staff, led by its Resident Director. Always friendly and efficient, it is they who maintain the family atmosphere, which is so appreciated by all the artists.

Robert McDonald, Director (resident)

Mary Clerkin, Admin Officer

Ingrid Adams, Manager

Lavina McAdoo, Chef

Teresa Rudden, Housekeeper

Esther Hall, Housekeeper

Mary-Alice Lynch, Housekeeper

Martina Beagan, Admin/Occasional Cook

Helen Sharpe, Part-time Cook

Sylvia Fawcett, Housekeeper

Joan Reilly, Housekeeper