Nóirín Retires From Siamsa Board While Joe Steps Down As Chairperson

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(Click to enlarge pic) Staff and Board members of Siamsa Tíre at the Retirement presentation and reception for Noírin Lynch. (L-R Front Row): Anne O’Donnell, Noírín Lynch, Joe Leonard, Finola Cronin; (L-R: Back row) Michelle Murphy, Joanne Barry, Catriona Fallon, Pat Dawson, Jonathan Kelliher, Fíona de Buis, Catherine Leahy.

IT’S changing times on the board of directors of Siamsa Tire, as one long running member has retired while another is stepping down from his role as Chairperson.

Company Secretary since 2005, Noírín Lynch retired from the Board following 12 years of service with Louise Donlon now the incoming Company Secretary.

Joe Leonard, chair of the Board since 2012, also retired following five years in this role, but Siamsa Tíre is delighted that he will continue to share his energy and expertise as he will remain on the Board.

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Pat Dawson, Regional Manager of National Parks and Wildlife Services and Manager of Killarney House has been appointed the incoming Chair.

Noírín Lynch accepting a presentation of photography of special moments of Noírín performing with the National Folk Theatre. On behalf of all the board members and staff at Siamsa Tíre, the presentation was made by (L-R) Artistic Director Jonathan Kelliher; Anne O’Donnell, Training & Development Officer & Joe Leonard, outgoing Chair of Siamsa Tíre.

Recent additions to the board include Lisa McElligott (Lecturer in Creative Media and Information Technology, IT Tralee), Mícheál Ó’Coileán (native of Dingle and Director of Féile na Bealtaine – Dingle Arts Festival) and Padráig Mallon (Sustainability Communications Manager for Kerry Group).

Noírín Lynch was appointed to the Board in 2004.  She initially represented the Community Cast of performers, but on the retirement of Martin Fahy in 2009, she was appointed Secretary of the Siamsa Tíre Board of Directors.

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Noírín will be greatly missed from the Board for her dedication to Siamsa Tíre and all its’ staff but the National Folk Theatre is very fortunate that she is still an active member of the community cast of the National Folk Theatre of Ireland performing in the summer repertoire now for over 30 years.

A reception was held in Siamsa Tíre to celebrate and acknowledge Noírín’s contribution, dedication and service to Siamsa Tíre.

Joe Leonard, Chair of Siamsa Tíre at the time stated; “Noírín has proved an invaluable member of the Board over her 12 year term.  She has worked tirelessly in her role both as a director and as Company Secretary to ensure the development and good governance of Siamsa Tíre.  Her acts of kindness to staff and board members alike will ensure that her contribution will be remembered by all.  Noírín continues as a member of the Community Cast of performers with Siamsa Tíre and we hope to see her on stage during the National Folk Theatre’s annual season for many years to come.”

As the incoming chair of Siamsa Tíre, Pat Dawson thanked Noírín for her many years of dedicated service to Siamsa. He also welcomed the new Board members and said he was looking forward to working with all of the Board of Directors, the CEO, Artistic Director, cast members and staff to continue the tradition of excellence at Siamsa Tíre as the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Theatre approaches in 2018.

Catriona Fallon, CEO Siamsa Tíre added; “I have thoroughly enjoyed working under the Chairmanship of Joe Leonard over the past five years.  Joe was an energetic, committed and visionary Chair of Siamsa Tíre and his hard work on behalf of the organisation is much appreciated by the Board and the staff team.  We are also very much looking forward to working with Pat Dawson, who is no stranger to Siamsa, given his role in Muckross House and more recently Killarney House.  Pat will be instrumental in the completion and implementation of our new Strategic Plan.”

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