About

The Dock is a Company Limited by Guarantee, governed by a Board of Directors.

Rhona Trench (Chair)  Appointed 27/06/2007

Rhona is Programme Chair of the BA in Performing Arts at IT Sligo and lectures in Drama Studies, Directing for Theatre, Performance Analysis and Literature and Representation. Rhona holds a PhD in Contemporary Irish Theatre from Queen’s University Belfast. She was Symposium Convenor for the Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR) Conference in 2009. Her book, Bloody Living: The Loss of Selfhood in the Plays of Marina Carr, was published   2010. She most currently editing a book on theatre and performance practices, in and of Ireland, which will be published by Cambridge Scholar Press next year.

John McDwyer  Appointed 22/08/2005

John was born in Sooey, Co. Sligo in 1947 but describes himself as a naturalised Leitrim man, having lived most of his adult life in that county.  He worked in various parts of Ireland for AIB Bank for thirty two years before retiring to help co-found Beezneez Theatre Company, a semi-professional touring company.  He has been Artistic Director to the company since it’s foundation in 1997. He emerged as a writer in 1992 when his first radio play, Month’s Mind, won the RTE PJ O’Connor award and he has had numerous radio plays performed since then.  His first published short story, Fair Day, won the Leitrim Guardian Literary Award in 1994.  The Leitrim Trilogy of plays, comprising Lovely Leitrim, Callaghan’s Place and Unforgiven was published in 2007 and other stage plays include You’ll Never Walk Alone, Love is… and United.  He lives and works in Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim where he is currently working on his seventh stage play, Scorpion.

Charlie McGettigan  Appointed 27/06/2007

Charlie grew up in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal in the 1960’s. He cut his musical teeth playing in Rock n Roll bands around Donegal before moving to Dublin in 1968 where he immersed himself in the thriving Dublin Folk scene. He moved to Drumshanbo in 1973 where he formed Jargon who went on to win the Letterkenny Folk Festival in 1982 gaining a recording contract with Polygram Records. He recorded many singles with Jargon e.g. “Bailieboro and me” and “The Singer”. When Jargon disbanded he worked with Ennis Singer Maura O Connell who recorded his most famous song “Feet of a dancer” among others.Charlie now pursues a solo career and has recorded many albums in his own right. He won the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland in 1994 with Paul Harrington singing Brendan Graham’s song “Rock n Roll Kids”. Charlie’s songs have been recorded by many artists including Eleanor Shanley, Mary and Frances Black, Hal Ketchum and many more. He has lived in Drumshanbo for thirty six years where he is a member of the Drumshanbo Adult Choir. He has been a member of the Drumshanbo Drama and Musical Societies and has performed in many of their productions. He is a member of the board of Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO).

Mary Quinn Appointed 23/07/2015

Mary is Director of Services for Housing and Community, Corporate Services, Culture and Emergency Services in Leitrim County Council.  She joined the board of The Dock in 2015.

Philip Delamere studied sculpture at Limerick School of Art from 1989 to 1994 and worked as a visual artist, theatre designer, street theatre director and arts organiser until 2000. He became County Arts Officer with Roscommon County Council in 2000 and has been Arts Officer with Leitrim County Council since 2011. As a Local Authority Arts Officer he is responsible for devising and implementing policy, plans and programmes for arts development within County Leitrim for Leitrim County Council. Philip is also a board member of Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts and was appointed to the governing body of I.T. Sligo in 2014.

Rebeccah Farrell Appointed 23/07/2015 

Rebeccah has a wide-ranging interests in and background in arts and entertainment. She is currently General Manager of Carrick Cineplex, an award-wining independent cinema and café/wine-bar which actively features and promotes fledgling director and filmmakers seeking a platform for their work, as well as exhibiting World Cinema seasons and Live Arts programming.A co-founder of a new theatrical company Penknife Productions she is also a founding member of the Carrick Water Music Festival executive in Carrick-on-Shannon, staging opera, classical, contemporary and fringe performances normally not accessible to provincial audiences – notable past performers include Celine Byrne, Veronica Dunne, Vladimir Jablakov and the Blue Chamber Quartet. Other involvements and committee work include the Carrick Carnival, a 10 day summer Festival and the Phase One Electronic Music & Arts Festival in The Dock Arts Centre.  She is a graduate of DIT Bolton Street with an honours degree in Property Economics and has recently embarked on a Masters in Management in UCD Smurfit School of Business. 

Naomi Draper Appointed 23/07/2015

Naomi graduated from NCAD with a Bachelor of Design specialising in glass in 2007.  Following an Erasmus programme at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design, Prague, she received a scholarship to attend the Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle. In 2011, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Arts Education at NCAD. Naomi has participated on a number of residency programmes within a community and educational context, most recently completing the LOCIS Residency at Residence Botkyrka, Sweden, and the Leitrim County Council Artist in Schools Resiidency at SN Bhrid Naofa NS, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim. in 2015 Naomi will work in residence at The Model Project Space, Sligo, and The Harrington Studios, Boyle, Co Roscommon. Recent exhibitions include One Million toOne, Botkyrka Konstall, Sweden, Paper for the Sky, Interstate, Brooklyn, NY and the Practice national tour; West Cork Arts Centre, Axis Balymun, Dublin, The Model, Sligo.

Leitrim Arts Development Ltd  Trading asThe Dock is committed to good governance and has embarked upon the journey of compliance with the Governance Code. 

Leitrim Arts Development Ltd complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its governing document. 

Leitrim Arts Development Ltd  Trading as The Dock keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. The organisation is transparent in its audited financial statements. It is currently compliant with the guidelines given in the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) for charities as outlined in the Arts Council’s document ‘Recommended Guidelines for Financial Reporting’ in 2016 in respect of accounts for 2015.  The Dock is a registered Charity (CHY16668 ) The company registration number is (404407)

Click here to see a Financial Statements for the year ending 31st December 2016

Click here to see the Memorandum and Articles of Association 

Click here to see the staff remumeration bands

A copy of The Dock’s Health and Safety Policy can be downloaded here