Festival Committee

Meet the people behind the Oranmore Arts Festival.

Chairperson- Lindsay Deely

Lindsay has worked in Science Communication and public engagement for over 12 years, delivering STEAM workshops to children through her business Toodlelou and for NUI Galway. She recently secured SFI funding to deliver STEAM workshops to families living under Direct Provision. Lindsay studied ballet from age 2 to 22…..not that it got her anywhere near Broadway!

Creative Director- Marcus Quinlan

Marcus earned a Masters in Writing, NUIG and has worked on theatre production nationally and internationally including Spraoi Festival, Waterford. He has applied his skills to both adult and child focused live theatre and held post of Welfare Officer for international children’s event. Marcus is always the guy with the zany out there ideas – and better yet – he pulls them off!

Classical Music – Eleanor Leadbetter

Eleanor has a Masters in animation, and delivered animation workshops for the BBC. An accomplished singer, she has performed internationally with various groups and as a soloist and performed at the BBC Proms twice! She has also crocheted mini versions of both of her children.

Contemporary Music – Kevin Deely

Kevin is a software engineering manager with over 12 years of team leadership. He holds a Masters in Information Technology and is involved in a number of community initiatives. He maintains the festival website and IT requirements and heralds from the The Kingdom, but we forgive him that. Kevin is left handed but right footed, go figure!

Public Relations – Helen Fahy

Helen Fahey studied English, Sociology and Politics at NUIG and has worked in the arts for over ten years. She most recently created and project managed the Abbey Theatre’s membership programme and now Helen is committed to diversifying and enhancing our OAF audience. Her toes look like fingers and her first crush was Mick Hucknall, as evidenced by her hairstyles.

Social Media – Michael Cannon

Michael has been involved with the Oranmore Maree Coastal Search Unit since its inception. He performs the vital task of liaison with local media outlets for ongoing searches. He is volunteering with the Oranmore Arts Festival as our photographer, videographer and social media expert. Michael is well known for his reliance on predictive text and always getting the wrong word – ugh!

Secretary – Orla McCormack

Orla is a qualified teacher, has a PhD in Education and over 12 years experience in higher education; teaching teachers no less! She has produced innumerable papers on the state of education collaborating both nationally and internationally. Orla is delighted to have our Charity Registration almost over the line. Orla has traveled widely, although tends to remember what she ate, not where she went.

Treasurer – Megan Flynn Dixon

Megan has 13 years experience in international business and 5 years in the not-for-profit sector. Megan is experienced in organising, managing and encouraging diverse groups to achieve goals efficiently, having lived and worked in most corners of the planet.  She can still say a made-up childhood word; milliumvumbumeptogonceptatrematous.

Volunteer Coordinator – Emma Breathnach

Emma holds a degree in Marketing and Management with a focus on event management, sponsorship and promotion. She has worked for 11 years in health sector with experience in health & safety. Emma comes to us with a whopping 20 year experience in volunteer sector. If you’re lucky, she might show you her party trick of touching her nose with her tounge.

Fundraising – Gillian Carey

Gillian has a degree in Human Resource Management and over 12 years experience working in the Financial Services sector. Gillian is volunteering with the Oranmore Arts Festival as our Head of Fundraising. She recently project managed Oranmore’s entry for the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Awards.

Corporate Fundraising – John Clancy

John is a serial entrepreneur and experienced business leader. John has a passion for creating successful businesses, building enduring business relationships, value selling, and leading groups of people. His schoolyard nickname was Turps, because his head is shaped like a turnip.