Director: Lorraine Maye // firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Participation & Engagement: Kath Gorman // email@example.com
Communications & Development Manager: Conall Ó Riain // firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative Officer: Liam Curtin // email@example.com
Production Manager: Aidan Wallace
City Of Ideas Curator: Eimear O'Herlihy
Crosstown Drift: The Good Room
Event Controller: Joe Stockdale / Triangle Productions
PR: Springboard PR
Graphic Design: Gareth Jones
Website: Pixel Design
Bookkeeper: Angela Geoghegan
Auditors: O'Donovan Keyes & Co
Solicitors: TJ Hegarty & Sons
Cork Midsummer Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city as its backdrop and inspiration. It provides high-quality arts events, both national and international, for audiences of all ages. Its programme provides opportunities for significant public participation and engagement, supports the development of emerging artists across all artforms, and provides a unique platform for work by local and national artists.
Work with us - volunteer
If you would like to volunteer with the Festival this year, we would love to hear from you! Volunteers play a vital role in ensuring the smooth running of the Festival and in helping us welcome our audiences from home and abroad to our Festival events. Whether you’re a first time volunteer or a volunteering veteran everyone has something to give and so much to gain from getting involved.
Volunteering with Cork Midsummer Festival is a super opportunity to join our Festival team, meet new people and join in the magic of Midsummer. For more information please contact our volunteers coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Work With Us - Submissions
Cork Midsummer Festival is a fully curated festival. At certain times we may invite submissions for particular projects or strands of the programme, which will be advertised here and through the Festival's Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Jane Anne Rothwell (Barrister-at-Law, Cork) – Chairperson
Appointed to the Board of the Cork Midsummer Festival in March 2013 and was appointed Chairperson of the Board in September 2013. Jane Anne is a practicing Barrister at the Bar of Ireland since 1999 and mainly works on the Munster and South Western Circuits. A Law Graduate of UCC (BCL 1997) and Honorable Society of King's Inns in Dublin (B.L. 1999). She previously lectured and tutored in Company and Tort Law in UCC and Griffith College (2000 – 2005) and was an Intern and Extern Examiner in Media Law for the Irish Academy of Public Relations. She has been the honorary Secretary of the Munster Bar since 2004 and organises the Cork Bar Conference abroad annually. She was also accepted as an international delegate to attend the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in 2009 as part of their Irish Program.
Aidan Stanley (Media/Arts, Cork) – Vice-Chairperson
Received a B.A. in History and Literature from University of Maryland in 1975. Joined RTE as a producer/presenter. Aidan had close contact with the popular music industry during his early years with RTE in Cork and was jointly responsible along with Ian Wilson of RTE 2FM for the setting up and running of The Lark by the Lee, a series of free outdoor rock concerts at the Lee Fields from 1985 to 1993. The concerts featured the surprise gig by U2 in 1985 and, in the early Nineties, the last outdoor concert in Cork by the legendary Rory Gallagher. From 1994 to 1998 he began to focus more on Radio Drama and produced the surreal Cork soap, Under the Goldie Fish, written by Conal Creedon. During this time he presented and produced radio documentary interviews for the Looking South series. The first of four television documentaries presented and produced by Aidan began to be screened on RTE Television in 1995, the most popular of which, The Butter Road, reached an audience of nearly half a million viewers.
Anne Clarke (Theatre Producer, Dublin), Company Secretary
Anne Clarke is a theatre producer with extensive experience of producing nationally and internationally. She founded Landmark Productions ten years ago. Recent productions include Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce, starring Brendan Gleeson, Brian Gleeson and Domhnall Gleeson; the world premiere ofBallyturk and Misterman (both starring Cillian Murphy, co-produced with Galway International Arts Festival); and Mark O’Rowe’s Howie the Rookie, starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor. Forthcoming productions include the world premiere of a new opera,The Last Hotel, written and directed by Enda Walsh and composed by Donnacha Dennehy. A co-production with Wide Open Opera, it will have its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in August this year, before embarking on an international tour.
Orla Flynn (VP for External Affairs, CIT, Cork)
Previously Head of CIT Crawford College of Art & Design for over seven years. Was inaugural Head of School of Humanities at CIT, following a five-year term as Head of Department of Media Communications at CIT. Sees the role played by the arts and culture as extremely significant in any plans for developing a vibrant city and region, and the activities of CIT’s Crawford College of Art & Design and Cork School of Music as being central in the region’s creative landscape.
Fiona Kearney (Director, The Glucksman)
Fiona Kearney is a curator, academic and writer. She is the founding Director of the Glucksman, an award-winning museum contemporary art museum on the campus of University College Cork. In this position, she has curated numerous exhibitions of Irish and international art including Enter Stage Left: the craft of theatre in art; Gut Instinct: Art, food and feeling; 2116: Forecast of the next century, Boolean Expressions: Contemporary art and mathematical data and Folly: Art after Architecture. Kearney has received several distinguished awards including the designation of college scholar by UCC, the NUI Prix d'Honneur from the French Government, a UCC President’s Award for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching and the Jerome Hynes Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme. From 2009-2014, she served as a member of the Arts Council of Ireland and she is currently a board member of the Irish Architecture Foundation and VISUAL Carlow.
Carla Manning (Owner of CACM Accountants and Statutory Auditors)
Carla Manning is the owner of CACM Accountants and Statutory Auditors, a proactive and innovative accountancy practice based in Cork. CACM provides a high quality personal service to all of their clients based locally, nationally and internationally. With knowledge, skills and expertise developed over 18 years, Carla and her team are well placed to meet the accounting, taxation and business needs of their client's. Carla is a past President of Network Cork and currently sits on the National Executive for Network Ireland. As well as being a member on the Board of Cork Midsummer Festival, Carla is also Head of Compliance for efolioaccounts.com, and is on the steering committee for North Side for Business. Carla has a great interest in the Arts and you will often find her seated in Cork Opera House enjoying a performance.
Paul Manning (Entrepreneur, Dublin)
Paul is a Co-Founder and Commercial Director of NovoGrid Ltd. a smart grid solutions spin-out from the Electricity Research Centre in UCD. Paul has founded and worked for many companies in the energy and high-tech sectors including Physis Energy, TriMod Therapeutics and BiancaMed. Paul has a BSc in Biotechnology from DCU and an MBA from the Smurfit Business School in UCD.
Ruairi O'Connor (General Manager, The River Lee Hotel)
Ruairi O Connor is the General Manager of the River Lee Hotel in Cork city, a Doyle Collection hotel. The Doyle Collection is an Irish, family-owned international luxury hotel group that comprises eight hotels in five vibrant cities around the world. These design-led properties provide luxury havens for modern day travellers, as well as stylish bars and restaurants for local consumers. Ruairi has 20 years’ experience working in hotels across Ireland and France, having spent time in Ashford Castle, Hayfield Manor, Radisson hotels prior to joining the Doyle collection in 2008. Supporting The Arts, Culture and Design is embedded into The Doyle Collection family history. Through his work in various hotels Ruairi has been involved with many arts and tourism projects both nationally and in the Cork Region.
Nik Quaife (Irish Arts Center, New York)
Nik is currently the full-time Director of Communications & External Affairs at Irish Arts Center (IAC) in New York. With responsibility for all communications, marketing, membership, and audience services, Nik works alongside the organization's leadership and programming teams to grow the IAC's audience and profile, increase IAC's fundraising base and sustain and build the company's presence in the US and Ireland. As one of Ireland's leading arts publicists Nik is also the founder/director of the Dublin-based Zoetrope Arts PR, which since 2003 has worked in Ireland and abroad with many of the country's leading artists and theatre-makers, arts organizations, venues and festivals, across all artistic disciplines including managing communications for Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland's year of Irish arts in America. Nik was formerly on the board of Irish Theatre Magazine and is on the steering committee of the New York Young Leaders in the American Ireland Funds. An Irishman born in England and raised in Canada, Nik's family lives in Kilkenny and Wexford.
Cork Midsummer Festival is the registered trading name of A Sense of Cork Mid-Summer Arts Festival Limited.
The organisation keeps detailed financial records, maintains strict financial controls and is transparent in its audited financial statements. The most recent statement of audited accounts (2015) are compliant with the Statement of Recommended Practice for charities and not-for profit entities as developed in the UK in 2005 (SORP), which is currently accepted as best practice in Ireland.
The organisation complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its memorandum of association. A list of the members of the organisation is available here.
We are committed to good governance and have embarked on the journey of compliance with The Governance Code. We are committed to comply with The Principles of Good Fundraising.
A Sense of Cork Mid-Summer Arts Festival Limited is a registered charity – CHY 19295. A Sense of Cork Mid-Summer Arts Festival Limited is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, full details below.