Draiocht Board

Declan Gorman
Lilian Harris
Councillor Mary McCamley
Rory O’Byrne
Councillor Natalie Treacy


Draíocht Board - Biographical Information

Declan Gorman
Director of Draíocht’s Board since 27 August 2014.
Declan Gorman is a freelance playwright, performer and theatre director who has also specialised in arts policy. He has recently led public arts projects funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (at Killesher, Fermanagh) and the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (Creative Spark, Dundalk). From 1997 to 2010 he was Artistic Director of Upstate Theatre Project, Drogheda and was writer-facilitator on several Upstate Community Projects. In 1995-96 he was Coordinator of the Arts Council's year-long Review of Theatre in Ireland. Prior to that he was Theatre Director at Dublin’s City Arts Centre and a co-founder and performer with Co-Motion Theatre Company, Dublin. In the past, he has provided policy advice, reports and papers to several local authorities and arts bodies including Fingal, South Dublin, Meath and Louth County Councils; CREATE, the National Association for Youth Drama, Theatre Forum Ireland and Fatima Groups United. Recent freelance work has included writing and directing two large scale public art drama projects in his native County Monaghan, The Common People and I Love Mullaghmatt, as well as directing the European premiere of The Hijabi Monologues, a co-production of Axis Arts Centre, Dublin; The British Council and The Immigrant Council of Ireland. Declan continues to tour occasionally within Ireland and overseas with his one-man show The Dubliners Dilemma, based on 'Dubliners' by James Joyce. Holder of an M.Phil in Creative Writing from Trinity College, he has published short fiction and journalistic articles and will soon complete work on his first novel, set in a fictional community in North County Dublin.

Lilian Harris
Director of Draíocht’s Board since 07 January 2013.
Lilian grew up on the Strawberry Beds and knew the villages of Castleknock, Blanchardstown and Clonsilla long before they became the Dublin 15 suburbs they are now. Lilian worked in community development with Blanchardstown Area Partnership in the area for many years, working in all aspects of community life. She has a special interest in encouraging older people to become more vocal and more active in their communities. Now retired Lilian is enjoying her interest in photography, art and writing and occasionally delivers courses and facilitates groups as well as loving the role of grandmother to her nine grandchildren.

Rory O’Byrne
Arts Officer, Fingal County Council
Director of Draíocht’s Board since 20 April 1999.
A Fingallian by birth, Rory O’Byrne is a graduate of Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design and the National College of Art and Design. As a student he was involved in a wide range of arts in the community initiatives in various communities in Dublin City and later in formal education as a secondary school art teacher. Rory was appointed County Arts Officer, for Fingal County Council in January 1994, the first person to hold the post .The function of the arts officer is to promote and develop the art throughout Fingal; this is achieved through a policy based approach, based on publicly consulted strategic arts development plans. Currently Fingal County Council is half way through the life of their current plan (Fingal Arts Plan 2013-2107). The arts office funds and supports two Arts Centres, Draíocht & the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre. There is also funding for Artists-in–Schools programmes, at primary and second level. Support to professional artists is offered through funding and bursary awards, and the arts office is also responsible for commissioning of public artworks through the percent for arts scheme.

Councillor Mary McCamley
Director of Draíocht’s Board since 24 October 2014.
Mary McCamley lives in Mulhuddart and is a Councillor with Fingal County Council for the past 3 years working in the Mulhuddart Ward. A public servant all her working life, she retired from Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown (HSE) in 2012 where she spent many years as the Patient Services Officer where studied for a Degree in Health Management (Bsc) from Trinity. She has a keen interest in the arts having grown up adjacent to the Father Matthew Hall, Church Street, Dublin 7, where her father was Volunteer Stage Manager for nearly 40 years and where hundreds of amateur theatrical performances took place. She has been at one time a member of writing groups and has recently taken up art classes (water colours) - both resulting in abysmal attempts. She works as a Councillor in the community and is chair of the Mulhuddart Community Centre and a Board Member of Huntstown Community Centre and also a Board Member of her local Riversdale Community School. As a member of a political party she takes a great interest in political and social issues.

Councillor Natalie Treacy
Director of Draíocht’s Board since 06 November 2014.
Natalie Treacy was elected Sinn Féin Councillor for the Castleknock area in May 2014. She attended Blakestown Community School and went on to attain a Diploma in Supervisory Management from NCI. Natalie is a Representative on the Safer Blanchardstown Policing Forum. Natalie serves on the board of management at Mountview & Fortlawn community campus, while working full time in Sinn Fein’s constituency office in Corduff. She has recently been appointed to the Board of Draíocht, the Local Community and Development Committee (LCDC), the Transport Strategic Policy Committee (SPC), the Water and Environment SPC and the Joint Police Committee and is looking forward to representing all groups in her area through these new committees.

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