Our Team: Board of Directors

Emer O'Siochru Chair

Emer is an Architect and a Development and Planning Surveyor and practices as an Eco Architect and sustainability advocate. In her early career, she taught in the School of Architecture and co-founded Temple Bar 91 that led to Temple Bar being designated as EU Cultural Capital. During that time, she curated 'The Furniture Gallery' showcasing Irish design in Parliament St. In recent years, she took up organic farming with Dexter Cattle.  Emer's interests are community-led planning and regenerative farming and for pleasure drawing and painting from life.

James Casey Secretary

James is a long time resident of Rathmines. He is a Qualified Financial Advisor and graduated from UCD in Politics, Economics and History. He has a keen interest in all aspects of the arts and served originally on the Rathmines Arts Festival Committee in 2006 for three years and directed their festival for one year. James has served on the Board of Ranelagh Arts in 2018 was co-opted again in 2020 acting as Secretary. He is Complaints Manager in a bank and before that worked in AnCO (now SOLAS) and in an internet start-up company. In his spare time he is a keen cyclist.

Meabh Aine Carron

Meabh is a Trinity MBA graduate and BA in music and drama studies at UCD.  She is a singer / songwriter and performs at events including Electric Picnic, Bloom in the Park, The Fleadh (London). She is currently on a merit scholarship at Trinity College. Meabh has worked as Events Coordinator for an award-winning tourism company and ran a record label working with artists;The Blizzards, the 2 Johnnies and Loah.

Monika Crowley

Monika works as an artist and as a Creative Director in advertising agencies. Creativity with purpose is at the heart of everything she does and she is passionate about work that resonates and has true cultural impact. Her professional background in commercial visual culture informs her artwork with a bold graphic style that translates well to the medium of printmaking. Crowley has been a part of many group shows nationally and had three solo shows in Dublin - one at The Ranelagh Arts Centre in 2013

Louise Halpin

Louise has a fine art degree from NCAD and fifteen years’ arts teaching experience.  She is interested in all things cultural and and has a passion for sharing knowledge with younger generations.

Aileen LeBrocquy

Aileen, a Ranelagh resident has been involved as an employee, manager and volunteer in arts, charitable and non-profit organisations for much of her adult life. She has led and sat on committees for fundraising, membership drives as well as being director of the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester.  She chaired the Board of Ranelagh Arts for two years, initiated the Membership Scheme and worked with a committee to create the new Memo & Arts. She is a teacher in a community education and development centre.

Tom O'Dowd

Tom has lived in Ranelagh for forty years. As an accountant he brings financial and business skills to the Board. He taught business management at the DIT for most of his later career. He has been constituency treasurer for a political party and a founder member of the group which successfully campaigned for Ranelagh multi-denominational School. Tom designs and builds model railways, a hobby he is passing onto his grandchildren.

Hannah Tiernan

Hannah is a visual artist, researcher and writer. She holds an MFA in Art in the Contemporary World from NCAD and a BA in Photographic Media. Her main area of research is contemporary Irish LGBT history. In 2020 she was the lead researcher on the Queer-in-Progress. Timeline initiative with Project Arts Centre and in 2019 she hosted the Foul, Filthy, Stinking Muck symposium, documenting the LGBT theatre of Project Arts Centre from 1966 to 2000. In 2016 she won the Inspirational Arts Award for her photographic project EQUAL.in the area.