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O'Donoghue announces appointments to the Board of IMMA

PRESS RELEASE                                                    
16 June
2005

           O'Donoghue announces appointments to the Board of the
                     Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

John O'Donoghue T.D., Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, today Thursday (16th June, 2005) announced the appointment of eight persons to the Board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) including the re-appointment of Eoin McGonigal SC as Member and Chairman of the Board.  The appointments are as follows;

Eoin McGonigal, SC – Chairman

Frank X. Buckley - Member of the Contemporary Irish Art Society and
Patron of the Arts

Valerie Connor - Lecturer, Member International Association of Art
Critics (Paris)

Michael Dwyer - Journalist and Broadcaster

Brendan Flynn - Teacher and Director Clifden Arts Festival

Áine O'Driscoll - Artist and Gallery proprietor

Brian Ranalow - Artist, Member of Contemporary Irish Art Society and Collector of 20th Century Irish Art

Patricia Tsouros - Founding member IMMA Foundation, Collector and
Patron of the Arts

Minister O'Donoghue expressed his gratitude to the outgoing members for their significant contribution to the continued success of IMMA.  In confirming the new members of the Board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Minister O'Donoghue referred to the status of IMMA as Ireland's leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art with a growing international reputation both in Europe and North America. He remarked on the magnificent historic buildings complex of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham housing the collections and which IMMA makes available for State protocol occasions and it being a wonderful setting for corporate events.

Minister O'Donoghue noted the success of recent exhibitions.  "These exciting exhibitions have struck a chord with the public and are a manifestation of the developing interest in modern art throughout the country.  This is borne out by the increasing visitor numbers to IMMA both last year and in the current year."  In that regard, Minister O'Donoghue observed that the establishment of the Luas stop at Heuston had increased the accessibility of IMMA for visitors and tourists and he acknowledged the promotion of IMMA by Luas on its website.

A complete list of the Board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art is set out in the attached Note for Editors.
(ENDS)

NOTE FOR EDITORS:

                  Board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Eoin McGonigal SC - Chairman

Chris Flynn - Principal Officer, Dept of Arts, Sport and Tourism

Gerard Mannix Flynn - Writer and Actor

Emer O'Kelly - Journalist

Jackie Gallagher - Public Relations Executive

Rosemary Ashe - Member Irish Youth Orchestra

Pauline Flynn - Artist and Lecturer

Kevin Kelly - Honorary President Business2Arts

Frank X. Buckley - Member of the Contemporary Irish Art Society and Patron of the Arts

Valerie Connor - Lecturer, Member International Association of Art Critics (Paris)

Michael Dwyer - Journalist and Broadcaster

Brendan Flynn - Teacher and Director Clifden Arts Festival

Áine O'Driscoll - Artist and Gallery proprietor

Brian Ranalow - Artist, Member of Contemporary Irish Art Society and
Collector of 20th Century Irish Art

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