Festival Team 2019
Artistic Director: Cliona Maher
Production Manager: Colin Everitt
Marketing and Graphic Design: Elizabeth Bartley
Marketing Support: Dean O'Regan
Website Design: Pixel Design
Website Support: David Fitzgerald
Social Media Coordinator: Kojii Helnwein
Festival Publicist: Kearney Melia Consultants
Festival Photography: John D. Kelly
Auditors: Gilligan & Co.
LIT Graphic Design Intern: Daire Connolly
Festival Podcast: Claire Bentley with Bernie Goldbach
Board of Directors
The Festival is governed by a Voluntary Board of Directors.
David Kirwan (Chair): Studied Fine Art at Waterford Institute of Technology and was a member of the steering committee which set up South Tipperary Arts Centre. Having worked as production Manager for Portobello Frames in London from 1993-96, Masterpiece Pictures in Sydney Australia '96-98; David went on to set up Artisan Frames in Clonmel, as a Gallery style framer in 2000 where he now completes works for artists, galleries and collectors in Ireland.
Fiona Grassick: A B.C.L. Solicitor, Fiona practiced in Clonmel when she first moved to Tipperary. She has always had a keen interest in the Arts and did a Diploma in European Painting 1200 – 1920 in TCD and a course in Christies London in Modern Art 1950 to the early 2000’s. She and her family have been supporters of the Clonmel Junction Festival since its inception and are very pleased to support the Arts locally through the Festival.
Cecily Purcell: Accepted on to the Board of Directors in February 2015, Cecily lives and works in Killurney, which is a townsland about 5km from Clonmel at the foot of Slievenamon. She has supported the Festival from its inception and still talks about the brilliant line-up of 2004 as the best ever. Her career as a Primary School educator has fostered and developed her interest in the Arts and encouraged her involvement with Community and National committees. Clonmel Junction Festival combines those two interests perfectly and she looks forward to fulfilling her role as a Board member.
Deirdre Grogan: Originally from Belfast but living in Clonmel for the last 20 years where she works for a pharmaceutical company. Both Deirdre’s father and brother were actors and her sister had an art gallery in Belfast, this has given her an active interest in both the visual and performing arts for many years. Deirdre has enjoyed many a memorable performance at the Junction Festival over the years and is delighted to join the Board in 2017.
Ricky Fitzgerald: Owner of Curtains & Blinds since 1981, current treasurer and former President of Clonmel Lion's Club, a member of the Tipperary Light Car and Motorcycle Club and a past President of Clonmel Chamber of Commerce, Ricky has sponsored and been a fan of the Festival since its inception. He is looking forward to bringing another successful Festival to the town in 2018.
Bess Hughes: Bess ran a music venue for 20 years in Clonmel. She has always had a keen interest in the arts and has been an active member of the board of directors since its beginning.
Patricia Mathews: Originally from Abbeyleix, Co Laois, Patricia has lived and worked in Clonmel for more than 20 years. She worked in Bank of Ireland Business and Branch Banking, following which she moved in to work in Health & Safety. Patricia, and her Business Partner, set up their own Financial Consultancy & Health & Safety Consultancy in 2004. She holds a Financial Services Diploma, is a Graduate of BofI Business Banking Programme, has a Diploma in Safety, Health & Welfare at Work and is a Chartered Member of IOSH. She is a former President and current member of Clonmel Lions Club, and was a founding member and Chairperson of Clonmel Heartsaver Programme. She is interested in the Performing Arts and was on the Committee for the Fleadh when it was hosted in Clonmel.
Professor Bill O'Gorman: Bill arrived in Clonmel in 1981 to join Digital Equipment Corporation. Since then he has become embedded in the fabric of Clonmel and its environs and is a former President of Clonmel Rugby Club. As Professor in Entrepreneurial Endeavour at Waterford Institute of Technology, he has been heavily involved in nurturing creativity and innovation within businesses in Ireland and across Europe. He is now looking forward to using these skills to support the development of the arts in Clonmel.
Billy Barrett: Billy Barrett is a retired schoolwear retailer, with a long-time interest in and support of arts and artistic activities in the town. One of the founding members of Clonmel Film Society in the 1980s, Billy has a great interest in cinema and other visual art forms.
John Kennedy: John has a BA in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art and Design and is a practicing painter working from his studio in Clonmel. He is currently participating in a post graduate correspondence course in Painting and Professional Practice through Turps School in London. He also has a BA in Quality Management & Technology from IT Sligo and works as a Project Manager/Manufacturing Engineer at Abbott Vascular Clonmel. John is immersed in the visual arts and exhibits his work regularly through solo and group exhibitions around the country, and has also curated group exhibitions.