Two and half years ago I took up the director’s position at Nenagh Arts Centre and I am very grateful for the opportunity to have played a key role in the development of the Arts Centre. When I arrived there were some serious legacy issues that were threatening the future of the centre, thankfully last year those issues were resolved. It’s a strange mixture of sadness to be leaving Nenagh Arts Centre but excitement on starting out on a new project in Limerick.
In this final blog post, I would like to thank a number of people who made it possible for me to achieve what I did in the Arts Centre. Jonathan Meaney, Tús Supervisor and the participants of Tús and CE schemes, their assistance was invaluable in the day to day running of the centre. Bridget Gubbins, former administrator of Nenagh Arts Centre who provided me tremendous support on my arrival in the building. To the current staff at Nenagh Arts Centre, Anne, Arthur, Caroline, Catherine, Mary, Michelle, Neil and Sean all of whom supported me in my quest to bring about changes in the Arts Centre. I am extremely proud to have witnessed their confidence grow during my time here. Tipperary Arts Office, Melanie Scott, who does tremendous work up and down a very large county in developing the Arts in Tipperary along with Mary Quigley both were always at hand particularly in preparations for the annual Spleodar Halloween Arts Festival. To Marcus O’Connor and Tipperary County Council for trusting me with their building. A special thanks to Tom Ryan, the chair of Nenagh Arts Centre who was always a reassuring and steadying influence, and to the support of the other board members at NAC. To all artists and productions companies who answered my calls and brought top class shows to Nenagh. I did my best to support work of Tipperary born or based artists as well as programming artists from Belgium, Canada, England, France, New Zealand, Scotland and Spain. It’s been an amazing journey and I will sincerely miss the staff and the Arts Centre very much.
The ground work is laid for my successor to bring the centre to the next level and I wish them the very best and hope they encounter the same level of joy that I did.