Earagail Arts Festival
Earagail Arts Festival is a registered charity (CHY 16078) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG 383383) governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, the Earagail Arts Festival Management Company. Please see list of Directors & Directors’ biographies below. Earagail Arts Festival is committed to good governance and has embarked upon the journey of compliance with the Governance Code. The organisation complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its governing document, available here.
Earagail Arts Festival keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. The organisation is transparent in its audited financial statements, with most recent statements (2020) available here The Statement of Recommended Practice for charities and not-for profit entities as developed in the UK in 2005 (SORP) is currently accepted as best practice in Ireland. We are working with our auditor towards compliance with SORP in 2018 financial statements and beyond.
Earagail Arts Festival is open, honest and fully transparent in its fundraising activities, the proceeds of which all go towards the primary activity of organising and promoting an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival. Earagail Arts Festival is currently working to confirm compliance with the Statement of Guiding Principles of Good Fundraising developed by Irish Charities Tax Research Ltd (ICTR).
Child & Vulnerable Person Protection & Welfare
Earagail Arts Festival is fully committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional harm. In accordance with the Children’s First Act 2105, the festival will uphold and adhere to principles outlined.
Earagail Arts Festival is committed to ensuring that all our communications and dealings with our members, the general public, our supporters and all who engage with us are of the highest possible standard. We listen and respond to the views so that we can continue to improve.
Dignity at Work Policy
Earagail Arts Festival recognises the right of all employees to be treated with dignity and respect and is committed to ensuring that all employees are provided with a safe working environment which is free from all forms of bullying, sexual harassment and harassment.
Equality, Human Rights & Diversity Policy
Earagail Arts Festival, in everything it does, strives to respect, support and ensure the inclusion of all voices and cultures that make up Ireland today, from all sections of society, from existing and new communities, and from all social backgrounds, ethnicities and traditions.
Board of Directors
The late Dessie Larkin appointed 2004 (Chair Emeritus, appointed 2012 – 2019)
Earagail Arts Festival 2019 is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend and chair Dessie Larkin. As a long-serving Board Member and Chair, Dessie Larkin was a remarkable advocate of the Earagail Arts Festival, but most importantly, a great friend and supporter of the wider Irish arts community. A proud Donegal man, he took great joy in seeing the arts thrive, especially in festival projects close to his heart, such as UNIFIED and The Fiesta. Earagail Arts Festival 2019 is dedicated to his memory.
Micheál Ó Fearraigh appointed 2004
Tá Mícheál ag obair mar Fheidhmeannach Forbartha le Údarás na Gaeltachta ó 1998 agus tá sé ag plé go leanúnach léis an chomhpháirtíocht atá idir an Údarás na Gaeltachta agus an Chomhairle Ealaíon. Tá sé mar stiúrthóir ar Ealaín (na Gaeltachta) Teo. fochuideachta de chuid an Údaráis a bunaíodh de bharr an comhpháirtíocht sin agus a bhfuil sé d’aidhm acu cuidiú le forbairt na n-ealaíon ag leibhéal réigiúnach Gaeltachta.
Traolach Ó Fionnáin appointed 2004
Traolach Ó Fionnáin is the Local Authority Arts Officer for Donegal County Council, where he is charged with responsibility for the delivery of the arts development programme of Donegal County Council’s Arts Service. As part of that remit, he initiated the Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival in 2001 and continues to programme it. Since 2007, he has worked as part of the EDGES International Cultural Partnership, actively developing and expanding cultural links between Donegal, East Iceland and Northern Norway. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of EAF Management Company Ltd. from 2008 to 2012.
Shaun Hannigan appointed 2004
Shaun has worked for Donegal County Council since 1997 first as Director of Letterkenny Arts Centre and currently as Director of the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny. He has over 30 years experience as a curator and arts manager having previously worked as Local Authority Arts Officer in Limerick and Public Art Manager with Southampton City Council. Shaun is currently a Board Member of the Nerve Centre Derry and Donegal Community & Cultural Development Company Limited.
Méabh Conaghan appointed 2004
Méabh Conaghan is currently a Senior Executive with Enterprise Ireland where she supports and advises food and beverage start-up businesses. She has an Arts Degree from University College Galway in Irish and Geography and a Masters in Marketing from University of Ulster. Méabh was raised in Gort a’Choirce in the Donegal Gaeltacht and has a love of the Irish language and culture. She has been a member of the Earagail Arts Festival Board since 2003 and was Festival Chairperson from 2006-2008.
Tá Méabh Uí Chonnacháin ag obair faoi láthair ag Fiontar Eireann ag tacaíocht le comhlachtaí úra I dtionscnamh bia agus deoch. Tá céim dáin aicí ó Ollscoil na Gaillimhe agus máistreacht ó Ollscoil Uladh sa mhargaíocht. Tógadh i nGort a’Choirce í agus tá an-ghrá aicí ar an teanga agus ar chultúr na tíre. Tá sí ina suí ar Bhord Féile An Earagail ó bhí 2003 ann agus bhí sí mar chathaoirleach ar an Bhord ar feadh trí bliana idir 2006 agus 2008.
Patricia McBride appointed 2004
Patricia McBride is Director of An Grianán Theatre. She holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Performing Arts from De Montford University, Leicester and a Masters in Cultural Management from University of Ulster. Her career in arts management and theatre production spans over twenty five years. In the UK she worked in various roles in organisations such as The Royal Academy of Arts, the Haymarket Theatre, and Proteus Theatre Company. Returning to Ireland she was Manager of Charabanc Theatre Company and General Manager of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. She also serves on the board of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast and Highland Radio, Letterkenny. She is currently Chair of the Nomad Venue Network.
Fintan Moloney appointed 2004
Fintan Moloney Graduated from University College Dublin, November 1974, BA (HONS) Economics. Joined Revenue Commissioners in December, 1974 as trainee Inspector of Taxes. Appointed District Inspector of Taxes for County Donegal in 1984 until October, 1989. Commenced 2.s Taxation and Financial Consultant October, 1989 and celebrated 25 years in private practise in 2014. Certified as an Authorised Advisor regulated by the Financial Regulator in 2003. Member of Institute of Taxation, Irish Brokers Association and Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce. Chair of Governing Body of Letterkenny Institute of Technology, member of the Board of Directors of Earagail Arts Festival Management Company Ltd
Una Campbell appointed 2004
Úna Campbell established An Gailearaí, (Ceardlann na gCroisbhealach Teo), a contemporary visual art gallery in 1998 in Falcarragh. As Director she has responsibility for funding, curating and and promotion. She has continued as director for the last 18 years and over saw the project’s move to a new bespoke premises in Gweedore. Úna is also a practicing visual artist, maintains a studio and exhibits from time to time.
Gary Doherty appointed 2014
Gary Doherty was co-opted onto Donegal County Council in November 2013 and was subsequently elected to serve as a Member for the Stranorlar Municipal District in May 2014. Gary was elected as the first ever Cathaoirleach of the Stranorlar Municipal District in June 2014. He sits on the Donegal Education and Training Board and the National Reserve Members Forum of the ETBI. He is also a member of the Board of the Irish Central and Border Area Network, ICBAN. Gary has a keen interest in the arts in County Donegal, and is the bass player with local band, Our Native State.
Joe Peoples appointed 2016
Joe Peoples is Director of Housing, Corporate and Cultural Services in Donegal County Council.
Martin McDermott appointed 2019
Martin Mc Dermott was elected to Donegal County Council in May 2014, re-elected in May 2019 and was subsequently elected to serve as a Member for the Inishowen Municipal District. Martin was elected as Cathaoirleach of the Inishowen Municipal District in June 2019. He is also Chairman of Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC) CLG which oversees the Leader funding in the county. Martin would have a very close community element to his work and is very community-based.
Ian McGarvey appointed 2019
Ian McGarvey (born July 1929) is a former association footballer and a politician who is Ireland’s oldest public representative either side of the island’s border. He is a member of Donegal County Council, representing the Letterkenny Electoral Area. He was previously elected Mayor of Donegal and Mayor of the Municipal District of Letterkenny.