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 is from Monaghan and is the Heritage Officer with Monaghan County Council. In her early career Shirley 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. Shirley 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 Shirely was a member of the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir.
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.
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.
Originally from South Africa, Lorelei Harris is an independent cultural producer and consultant who has lived in Ireland since 1979. She has previously worked as Head of Arts and Cultural Strategy for RTÉ and as Editor of Arts, Features and Drama for RTÉ Radio 1. In addition to creating and commissioning numerous ground breaking formats and series, she initiated and headed up RTÉ Road to the Rising (2015) and RTÉ Reflecting the Rising (2016), both large scale public events commemorating the Easter Rising.
Lorelei has had a long association with the European Broadcasting Union, serving as Chair of the Radio Features Committee and as a member of the Culture Group. She is also an internationally and nationally awarded documentary and feature maker. Lorelei is currently on the Board of Kilkenny Arts Festival and a member of the Content Committee of the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI). She is also a member of the judging panel of the Irish Times Theatre Awards (2020).
OUR IN-HOUSE TEAM
The Tyrone Guthrie Centre provides residential work space for local, national, and international artists. Our in-house team, led by our Resident Director, provide a quiet, efficient, and homely atmosphere that enables our residents to engage fully with our facilities, and to focus on their work.
Dr Éimear O'Connor HRHA, BA, MBA, PhD, Resident Director
Ingrid Adams, Manager; Mary Clerkin, Admin; Martina Beagan, Admin; Lavina McAdoo, Chef; Teresa Rudden, Housekeeper; Esther Hall, Housekeeper; Mary-Alice Lynch, Housekeeper; Sylvia Fawcett, Housekeeper; Joan Reilly, Housekeeper; Helen Sharpe, Cook (part time); Antoinette Ceeleen, Chef (part time).