Board of Directors
Seamus Newcombe is Chief Executive of Payac Services, which provides Payment Services to Credit Unions in Ireland. Seamus joined Payac from Bank of Ireland where he held the role of Head of Bank of Ireland for Leitrim Roscommon. Seamus started his career with Permanent TSB, and has also held management positions with IFG Group, Bailieborough Credit Union and Link Credit Union where he was CEO. Seamus is a graduate of University of Ulster, University College Dublin and Boston College’s School of Management Leadership Programme. He is a Certified Risk Manager, Certified Data Protection Officer and Qualified Financial Advisor, as well as completing a MSc in Executive Leadership. Seamus is a member of the Association of Compliance Officers of Ireland, Institute of Bankers, and is a former member of the National Executive of CUMA. Seamus was appointed by the Minister for Finance as a member of the Credit Union Advisory Committee (CUAC) to the Irish Government in September 2018.
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 is currently editing a book on theatre and performance practices, in and of Ireland, which will be published by Cambridge Scholar Press next year.
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 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 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.
Kealin Ireland is a Human Resources Consultant with considerable experience in a range of organisations. Before setting up her own consultancy she worked in both the private and public sectors, IBEC, 3rd level education and manufacturing. She has also lectured extensively in both the National College of Ireland and the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design.
Kealin provides a range of Human Resources and Employee Relations services and solutions. She can design and deliver training and development initiatives, facilitate workshops, carry out research or provide specific and ongoing advice and support. She has extensive experience of working with Trade Unions and representing clients in the Workplace Relations Commission. In a personal capacity, Kealin works with and in community groups. She established Leitrim BirdWatch in 2009 and leads walks and talks relating to birds and wildlife. She also sits on Leitrim Council’s Environment Strategic Policy Group. She has a deep interest in wildlife and rural heritage. Kealin, along with her husband Ciarán Beattie, established Leitrim Flowers in 2009. They run a successful flower farm, growing and providing a range of flowers and foliage. They sell at farmers’ markets and also cater for a large number of weddings. They have brought hundreds of visitors to Leitrim, through attendance at their garden and horticulture training courses.Kealin has a broad and deep interest in the arts. Her specific interests are in poetry, literary fiction and the visual arts. Kealin holds an MBS from UCD’s Graduate Business School.
Liz is a graduate of the school of business at GMIT. She leads The Dock team with operational processes; including financial controls, budgeting and payments and program supervision and is a key support in the overall management of The Dock. She is the longest serving member of staff at The Dock and has been instrumental in the organisations development. She is a keen badminton player, runner and football coach.
Ray Duffy is a graduate in Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering TUD. He brings extensive experience to The Dock having worked in the events and cultural industry for twenty five years. Rays role is wide ranging and includes the safe installation of exhibitions, theatre shows and music performances, along with the preservation and maintenance of the building. He is an award winning Sound and Light Specialist. He has recently led The Dock on a major technical overhaul.
Laura trained as a visual artist, and studied fine art at Sligo IT. She develops The Docks education programme, leading on outreach work with schools and young people. Laura supports with visual art curation and produces the visual art programme. She manages the gallery mediation programme including tours and visits. Laura has recently developed a number of innovative online events. She has a keen interest in new and virtual technologies.
Paul studied International Commerce and Applied Marketing at Universite Blaise Pascal II Clermont Ferrand. He has worked in the cultural sector for over 25 years in marketing, communications and event management roles across a broad range of arts disciplines. Paul is a keen music lover and great DJ. He is a board member of Sligo Youth Theatre, Sligo Scouts and Sligo Youth Theatre. Paul is part of the Creative Leitrim Team and a number of other committees in Carrick-on- Shannon. Paul takes care of marketing and press at The Dock, he also supports with programming the theatre.
Ciara is a graduate of fine art from GMIT. She has completed an Msc in world heritage management and conservation at UCD. She has worked as a jewelry maker and is a ceramicist. She has recently exhibited in The Leitrim Design House and is a keen equestrian. Ciara is responsible for box office management and theatre management, she leads on facilities hire including weddings here at The Dock. She works with our brilliant night-time staff and volunteers to take care of events. She also programmes our cultural cinema and runs The Docks Winter Market.
Studied Fine Art, Arts Management and Critical Theory, at TUD, UCD and IADT. She leads the team at The Dock and is responsible for the overall management and creative direction of the organisation. She reports to the board advising them on the strategic development of the organisation, policy formation and working with them to ensure that the company, a registered charity, is fully compliant. She liaises with the organisations core funders, Leitrim County Council and the Arts Council. She leads out on a busy programme of performances, events, talks, workshop and exhibitions and residencies. She has a background in arts education at third level and local arts development.
Leitrim Arts Development CLG trading as The Dock is committed to good governance and has embarked upon the journey of compliance with the Governance Code.
Leitrim Arts Development CLG complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its governing document.
Leitrim Arts Development CLG 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).
Our policy documents are listed below and a copy of them is available on request
1. Hire Policy
2. Volunteer Policy
3. Child Protection Policy
4. Safe Guarding Children
5. Safe Guarding Vulnerable Adults
6. Child Protection Policy Working online
7. Health and Safety Policy
8. COVID-19 Safety
9. Programming Policy
10. Booking Policy
12. Theatre Technical Specifications