Board Of Directors

Tim Healy, Chair

Tim Healy (BA, CPFA) is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy and a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland.

Tim was Head of Finance with Cork City Council and has extensive experience and expertise in all aspects of Financial Management, Debt Management, Procurement, Risk Management and Internal Control systems. He also has significant experience of promoting Urban Renewal, Project Management and Corporate Development.

Tim was Company Secretary to the Cork Capital of Culture Company from 2004 to 2006. He currently serves as a non-executive Director on the Boards LeisureWorld Ltd and the Cork Money Advice & Budgeting Service. He is also the Chair of the Cork ETB Audit Committee and an external member of the University of Limerick Audit & Risk Management Committee. Tim is also a member of the Evaluation & Approvals Committee of the Cork City Local Enterprise Office.

Eddie Murphy

Board Member Eddie Murphy serves as both Finance Committee and Audit & Risk Committee Chair for Cork Opera House. A UCC graduate in Commerce and HDE, followed by CIMA qualification, Mr Murphy forged a career in the motor industry, concluding his most recent years as Managing Director of Henry Ford & Son. He also served as Chairman for the company for a time. Mr Murphy was also past President of the Society of Irish Motor Industry, a former Board Member of Cork Chamber of Commerce and Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture. He also serves as Current Chairman of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Ciarán Bermingham

Cork based actor, director and writer Ciarán Bermingham’s resumé includes work for both stage and screen. Some career highlights include the following:

Film – The Young Offenders, Dead Along the Way, Patrick’s Day, Moore Street Masala and Out of the Blue.

Television – Game of Thrones, Killnaskully, Bittersweet, The Tudors. Stage: Lovers and Losers, God Bless the Child, Men without Souls, Enter Juliet, Fred and Alice, Love Peace and Robbery, I Keano, The Elephant Man, The Devil’s Larder, An Oak Tree, Against the Wall, Latch, Six by Sundown, Othello, Trial of Jesus, The Collector, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.

Musical Theatre – Hairspray, Guys and Dolls, The Full Monty, Jesus Christ Superstar.

Director – Tons of Money, Lend me a Tenor, tick.. tick.. BOOM!, A New Brain, Into the Woods, The Wedding Singer.

Writer – ‘Hail’ a Musical Play written with Ray Scanlon which was presented as a work in progress at Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre during Galway Arts Festival 2014; ‘Scent’; and Script Editor on ‘The Young Offenders’.

Cllr. Des Cahill

Cllr. Cahill was born in Ballintemple in Cork City and at the age of 21 as a 5th generation butcher he went on to set up his own business. He ran the business which included a butchers shop, delicatessen and outside catering company for the next 23 years. The business closed in 2014 and while Cllr. Cahill went through an insolvency process, he still remained involved in the catering industry. Based on his own personal experience, he is a strong advocate of the insolvency process and has a lot of interaction and continues works with people who are going through a similar process. As a member of Fine Gael, the current political party in Government in Ireland, he entered politics and was first elected to Cork City Council in 2009 where he headed the vote in his constituency and was subsequently re-elected to Cork City Council in 2014. Cllr. Cahill had the honour of being elected as Lord Mayor of Cork and during his term of office in 2016-2017, he consistently advanced the theme of positivity and positive mental health. Hailing from Cork City which has a history steeped in sport, Cllr. Cahill has always been a keen supporter of sport has been a lifelong follower of rugby and he and his brothers played rugby throughout their school and college days and beyond with their local club and his children are both active in a variety of sports.

Cllr. Cahill is an active Member of the Roads & Transportation, Environment & Recreation and Finance Functional Committees of Cork City Council. He is also a member of the Housing & Community Strategic Policy Committee. Cllr Cahill spoke last year at the Shanghai Conference on Health Promotion in the SDGs.

Majella Cullagh

Soprano Majella Cullagh is one of Ireland’s foremost international sopranos. She graduated from London’s prestigious National Opera Studio in 1993 and has had a twenty five year career on the operatic stage. Her performances have brought her to many of the important houses in Europe; she’s performed in New York, Dallas, California and as far afield as New Zealand. Highlights include performances at the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, at the Royal Swedish Opera, the Royal Danish Opera, Opera di Verona, Opera de Toulon, Edinburgh festival and the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo.

While Majella’s career has been concentrated on the operatic stage, she also performs extensively in oratorio and on the concert platform. She has sung recitals in London, Milan, Amsterdam, Catania, La Coruna, Pesaro and Stuttgart.

Majella has an impressive discography with over thirty recordings on the Opera Rara, Chandos and Naxos labels. Her latest release, on the Naxos label, is Rossini’s Le Siege de Corinthe, recorded live at the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad, Germany.

Majella received first class honours in her Taught Master’s Degree from the CIT Cork School of Music in 2009. She has recently entered the education arena and has adjudicated at the Royal Academy of Music and the DIT Conservatory, Dublin.

Cllr. Mary Rose Desmond

Mary Rose contested her first local election in 2014 for Fianna Fáil and was elected to Cork County Council for the Ballincollig/Carrigaline Municipal District area. She was elected Chairman of this Municipal District for a twelve month term in July 2017. Mary Rose’s early working days were in the family retail business. She then went on to become Office Manager in an accountancy practice for seven years before joining Chartered Accountants Ireland as Regional Development Co-Ordinator. For the past ten years, Mary Rose has worked as Parliamentary Assistant to Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD. In her job both as Parliamentary Assistant and Councillor Mary Rose works assisting individuals, community groups, schools, businesses and sporting organisations throughout the community.

A native of Douglas Mary Rose has always taken an active role within the community she was involved in scouting for many years as a leader in Douglas. She joined the Cork Leo Club (junior Lions) at the age of 16 and continued on to be a member of the Cork Lions Club. She is still actively involved in the club to this day. During that time Mary Rose has held office at a local, national and international level within the organisation. Mary Rose’s love of theatre evolved from her time as a member of Montforts and her true love was working back stage. For many years Mary Rose enjoyed Stage Managing, Propping and Set Dressing productions in Cork Arts Theatre and The Everyman Theatre for a number of theatre companies in Cork including, Montforts, CADA, and Everyman Productions. Her theatre involvement for many years now is the enjoyable position of audience member. Mary Rose was elected by the members of Cork County Council as their representative on the Board of Cork Opera House in July 2016.

Cllr. Mick Finn

Attended school at Sullivan’s Quay and Deerpark CBS, Mick graduated from UCC with a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Government & Public Policy and from DIT Rathmines with a Diploma in Journalism. He worked as a journalist/editor for almost 10 years in Ireland and Australia, a highlight being coverage of the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. A member of the St Finbarr’s Club, he went on to coach Gaelic Games in national and primary schools in Cork before working as a parliamentary assistant to a Cork TD in Oireachtas Eireann. He has worked for 10 years with the School Completion Programme in Cork organising breakfast clubs and homework groups in schools, as well as catering for young people’s educational and personal development needs. He was twice elected as a non-party councillor on Cork City Council, topping the poll in the 2013 elections. He is a member of the Cork Concert Orchestra management committee and a regular concert goer: a claim to fame is that he has seen performers as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Luciano Pavarotti to The Cure, Faithless and Oasis in concert! He is a big fan of local talent such as The Frank and Walters, Jimmy McCarthy and Jack O’Rourke, while he also loves the music of Mary Black, Micheal O Suilleabhain, Liam Clancy as well as that of the musicals. Mick is delighted that the Opera House continues to bring worldclass shows and performers to our doorstep in Cork.

Denis Kelleher

Denis has worked in the Insurance and Financial Services industry for 38 years and has held a number of senior positions. He previously worked as an Executive Director with New Ireland Assurance Company and has been recently appointed to the management team in Aviva (Life and Pensions) Ireland and is currently Chairman of the Board of the Insurance Institute of Ireland.

Cllr. Fiona Kerins

Cllr. Kerins is a member of Sinn Féin since 2003 and stood for the party in the Cork South Central ward in the 2004, 2009 and 2014 local elections. In July 2007, she was co-opted to Cork City Council. Cllr. Kerins was elected to the Cork City Council in the 2009 and 2014 local elections. Cllr. Kerins is a native of Ballyphehane and attended Presentation Secondary School. She is currently working in administration in the Radiotherapy Unit at Cork University Hospital.

Margaret Lane (Company Secretary)

Margaret has 40 years of business experience in the commercial semi-state and public sectors and has held a number of senior positions in Finance and HR. She was the HR Director of Ervia and is a qualified accountant (ACCA) and holds an MBA from UCC and a Certificate in Coaching from Henley Business School/Reading University. A member of the Board of Governors of the Mercy University Hospital since 2008 and a member of Cork City Council Audit Committee since October 2014.

Cllr. Seán Martin

Cllr. Martin was first elected to the Cork City Council in 2004 and served as Lord Mayor of Cork from 2004 to 2005. He is a member of the South West Regional Authority, the Chairman of Cork City Sports Committee and the Chairman of the Rapid Monitoring Committee, and a member of Colaiste Chriosti Ri Board of Management. Cllr Martin is also an active member of Nemo Rangers Hurling & Football Club.

Dr Áine Ní Shé

Áine Ní Shé is currently Head of the Department of Mathematics at Cork Institute of Technology as well as Acting Registrar and Vice President of Academic Affairs. She initially worked as a primary teacher in Cork. During her time in Scoil Aiséirí Chríost, Farranree and St. Anthony’s BNS, Cork, she taught at all standards from infants to 6th class, and also worked as a resource teacher in Music.

During the 1990s, Áine undertook postgraduate study in Mathematics in UCC, graduating with a PhD in 2000, under the supervision of Professor Des MacHale. In 2001, Áine took up a lecturing post in Mathematics in Cork Institute of Technology. Since then, she has taught Mathematics and Statistics on various engineering and science programmes. She was a member of CIT Governing Body from 2010 to 2015. In her present role as Head of the Department of Mathematics in CIT, Áine manages all activity in relation to Mathematics teaching, research and engagement across the Institute. She is a member of the Irish Committee for the Athena SWAN Charter, which encourages and recognises the advancement of gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM).

A former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Áine continues to be involved in music to this day. She plays violin in various orchestras and chamber ensembles in Cork and Ireland, and has performed on several programmes on RTE and TG4. Áine also sings with the award-winning vocal ensemble Madrigal 75 (artists-in-residence to the CIT Cork School of Music). Her interest in music spans a variety of genres and styles, and she is also a keen supporter of the arts in general, in particular, theatre, film, and the visual arts.

Rónán Ó Dubhghaill

Rónán Ó Dubhghaill is the Vice President for External Relations at University College Cork. Prior to joining UCC in 2006, Rónán worked with EMC Corporation as Senior Director of Engineering and Operational Excellence. Rónán holds BE (Elec) and PhD degrees from UCC and an MBA from Henley Management College.

Cllr. Terry Shannon

Cllr. Shannon was re-elected to Cork City Council in 2014 and has been actively involved in Fianna Fáil for over 20 years. He served as Chair of Cork North Central Ógra from 1983 to 1987, was a Member of National Youth Committee in 1987 and was elected to the Cork City Council in June 1999, after topping the poll at the first attempt. He is the election agent to Minister Micheál Martin.

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