Board & Staff

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre is governed by a nine-member Board of directors who together represent a broad range of skills, experience and expertise.

Peter Fallon (Chairman)

Peter Fallon grew up on a farm near Kells in County Meath. In 1970, aged 18, he founded The Gallery Press for which he has edited and published more than 400 titles. He is an Honors graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where he has been Writer Fellow and Adjunct Professor of English. His books include News of the World: New and Selected Poems, The Georgics of Virgil (Oxford World's Classics), The Company of Horses and Strong, My Love (2014). A member of Aosdána and winner of the O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, he lives in Loughcrew in County Meath.

Brian Garrett

Brian Garrett is a qualified Solicitor practising in Belfast and a former Deputy County Court Judge.  He has been Visiting Associate Fellow at the Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University, and former President of the Irish Association for Social Cultural and Economic Affairs. He is a Member of Ulster Garden Villages and Andras House Ltd and Secretary of the Law Society of Northern Ireland Financial Services Limited.  Brian was Chairman of the board from 2008 to 2012.

Maureen Kennelly

Is a freelance arts producer and programmer.  She is Primary Curator with the Mountains to Sea Books Festival, Dun Laoghaire.  In 2010, she established Spool Communications, a company dedicated to the production of live literature events and other arts projects.  Current projects include The Science of Flann O’Brien and Whole World Round, both of which continue to tour nationally and internationally.  She was Programme Director of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature for 2009 and 2010. 

She is the Director of Poetry Ireland and was previously director of Kilkenny Arts Festival, artistic director of the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray and has also worked with Fishamble, Druid, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, The Arts Council and the Irish Youth Choir. 

She was a member of the judging panel for the Irish Times Theatre Awards for 2002 and 2006 and chaired this panel in 2003.  She is a member of the boards of Kilkenny Arts Festival, Barabbas,  and The Dock Arts Centre. 

Petria McDonnell

Petria McDonnell is a Circuit Court Judge and a former Senior Partner with McCann FitzGerald and former President of the Irish Maritime Law Association. During her time with McCann Fitzgerald she was key to the purchase and development of their important collection of Irish contemporary art. Petria is also a patron of Opera Theatre Ireland.

Maureen Mackin

Maureen Mackin is an independent consultant working in the cultural sector and based in Northern Ireland.  In her early career, she worked in the Linen Hall Library in Belfast and was later a Visual Arts Officer at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.  She established her consultancy practice in 1995 and has carried out research, prepared strategies and managed a wide range of projects across the arts, heritage and cultural diversity fields.  She has worked for central government, local authorities, funding bodies, cultural organisations across the artforms and individual artists.  Maureen has served on many Boards and Committees.  She is a former Chair of Dance United Northern Ireland and a former Trustee of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. 

Anne Makower

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.

Marie-Louise Muir

Marie-Louise Muir is the main presenter of BBC Northern Ireland Arts coverage on radio and television. She presents an arts show on BBC Radio Ulster Tuesday-Thursday nights at 6.30pm-7pm and the monthly “The Arts Show” on BBC Northern Ireland Television.

She also writes and authors programmes for BBC Radio 4 including “Something Understood”, “Dinner at Annaghmakerrig” and “From Derry to Mostar”. She is currently working on new commissions for BBC Radio 4 and has just wrapped on a 3 part series for BBC Northern Ireland on hymns “Then Sings My Soul” to be broadcast in 2015.

She was the guest curator of the 2014 “On Home Ground – Celebrating Seamus Heaney” arts, poetry and music festival in Magherafelt, which attracted Gary Lightbody, Liam O’Flynn, and a host of poets, writers, musicians and artists to the small County Derry town.

She is a regular chair of arts and culture debates, comperes live events, conducts on-stage interviews in front of a live audience, and chairs panel discussions and audience question and answer sessions.

Marie-Louise studied English Literature at Trinity College Dublin. She is also a trained arts administrator, studying at University College Dublin.

Marcus Patton

Marcus Patton is an architect and artist based in Belfast. As director of Hearth, a building preservation trust, he has been responsible for rescuing many buildings across Northern Ireland from dereliction. He is the author of several books on architecture, and has illustrated a number of others. A former chairman of Belfast Print Workshop, he has designed and printed many posters for the BBC and the Ulster Orchestra. In his spare time he is an enthusiastic musician and helps to organise the Belfast Bach Consort which performs monthly Bach cantatas. He is married to the artist Joanna Mules. 



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