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Who We Are

West Cork Music is led and managed by artistic and administrative teams dedicated to creating and delivering high quality programmes.


Registered Address: West Cork Music Ltd., 13 Glengarriff Road, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland

Registered in Ireland Number: 264810

Charity Number: 12097

Our Artistic Directors

Francis Humphreys

Francis Humphrys
CEO West Cork Music & West Cork Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director

Eimear O Herlihy

Eimear O’Herlihy
West Cork Literary Festival, Festival Director


Martin Hayes

Martin Hayes
Masters of Tradition Artistic Director


Our Multi-talented Team

Our contact details are below – we’re always happy to hear from you.

Sara O Donovan

Sara O’ Donovan
Marketing & Literary Manager

+353 (0)27 52788 /

Bantry Bay in the evening

Grace O’Mahony
Finance & Box Office Manager

+353 (0)27 52788 /

Helen Dawson

Helen Dawson
West Cork Chamber Music Festival Programme Coordinator & Executive Assistant to CEO

+353 (0)27 62788 /

Bantry Bay in the evening

Sarah Honore
Festivals Administrator

+353 (0)27 52788 /

Muriel Lumb

Muriel Lumb
Office Administrator
Website Manager

+353 (0)27 52788 /

Clodagh Whelan

Clodagh Whelan
Project Manager

+353 (0)27 52788 /

Deirdre O Donovan

Deirdre O’Donovan
Fringe Festival

+353 (0)83 845 2144 /

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Jean Kearney

Jean Kearney

+353 (0)87 252 7495 /

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Louise Barker

+353 (0)87 773 4241 /

Our Board

West Cork Music’s Directors biographies are available in full here – 2018 WCM Bios of Directors for Governance. Or click below to see individual biographies.

John Horgan, Chair

John Horgan is an independent Human Resource Consultant. He has a degree in Social Science from University College Dublin, an MA in Industrial Relations from Warwick University and an MA in History from NUIG. Following positions in the UK and Irish in the public service he was appointed Deputy Chairman and then Chairman of the Labour Court. Subsequently he worked for GPA in Shannon and was HR Director for a number of multinational companies. John is enjoying a life‐long fascination with music. In 1994 the then Minster for Arts, Michael D. Higgins TD appointed him to the Review Group on the future orchestras and ensembles (PIANO Report) and he was also a member of the Board of the Irish Chamber Orchestra for a number of years.

Francis Humphrys, Chief Executive

Francis Humphreys

Francis Humphrys is Chief Executive Officer of West Cork Music. Educated at Oxford and the London School of Economics, he subsequently worked in theatre before moving to West Cork in the nineteen seventies and taking up farming. He founded the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 1996 and developed the West Cork Literary Festival and Masters of Tradition in following years.

President Michael D. Higgins, Honorary Patron

On 11 November 2011, Michael D. Higgins was inaugurated as the ninth President of Ireland. On 11 November 2018 he was inagugrated for a second term.

A passionate political voice, a poet and writer, academic and statesman, human rights advocate, promoter of inclusive citizenship and champion of creativity within Irish society, Michael D. Higgins has previously served at almost every level of public life in Ireland, including as Ireland’s first Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.

Daniel Coleman, Secretary

Daniel J Coleman is a self‐employed accountant working with a range of individuals and companies in commercial and the voluntary/charitable sectors. He has been involved in many arts organisations for more than thirty years covering film, theatre, opera, dance, artists, craft workers, traditional boat craft, painters, sculptors, galleries and visual art disciplines. He is a Director of Social Housing Development Limited, a voluntary housing co‐operative and Company Secretary of the Cork Film Festival.

Fergal Conlon

Fergal Conlon over the years has been involved with a wide variety of successful projects in diverse areas such developing youth cafes / integration of migrant families / supporting job‐seekers / establishing new businesses / organising and delivering training courses / developing services and social enterprises ‐ rural transport, home insulation, facilitating community organisations, emergency medical assistance, equality for women, agriculture, community based mental health services and many more. Treasurer Board of Directors of West cork Rural Transport and involved with West Cork Development Partnerships as Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme Manager.

Ann Davoren

Director at West Cork Arts Centre

Ann Davoren has over 20 years professional experience in arts management, with a particular emphasis on and expertise in the visual arts and in arts education and community-based arts practice. She has also gained significant experience in Project Management and Building Development projects in bringing Uilinn: West Cork Arts Centre from concept to completion in 2015.

John FitzGerald

John FitzGerald is a graduate of University College Cork, University College Dublin and the University of Wales at Aberystwyth. He has worked in both IT and Libraries in the private and public sectors in Ireland and the United Kingdom, and is currently Director of Information Services and University Librarian at University College Cork, where he is responsible for the University’s IT Services, library collections and services, media services and the Cork University Press. John was awarded the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2014.

Eamonn Fleming

Eamonn Fleming is partner in a solicitors’ practice in Bandon. He has a BA Degree in History, Geography and Archaeology and a Civil Law Degree from University College Cork. He is a Past President of the West Cork Bar Association and former Council Member of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland. He has a lifelong interest in all types of music and has been an attendee and supporter of the West Cork Music Festival since its inception.

Evelyn Grant

Dr Evelyn Grant is a graduate of FochwangHochscule, Essen‐Werden, Germany (Flute performance), Trinity College London (Flute performance and Piano teaching), University of York and University College Cork. She has lectured at CIT Cork School of Music , broadcasts on RTÉ Lyric fm and regularly performs and conducts orchestras as well as examining and adjudicating at Cork School of Music, Cork County VEC School of Music, band competitions and Feiseanna. Evelyn is a member of the Board of Cork Opera House, Cork Academy of Music and the Cork Pops Orchestra (which she founded).

Mary Hegarty

Mary Hegarty is a retired businesswoman from Bantry, an elected member of Cork County Council and has been a local representative for the past ten years. She has a great love of the Arts and has been a member of the Cork County Specific Arts Policy Committee for ten years. Mary, a former Mayor of Bantry, is currently a Governor of Cork Institute of Technology and a member of the Cork County Education Training Board.

Denis McSweeney

Denis McSweeney is a retired marketing director of Ford Ireland and holds primary and postgraduate degrees in law from University College Cork. He is chairman of the Board of Cork Film Festival and a member of the Board of the Everyman Theatre Cork.

John O'Kane

John O’Kane was born and educated in Belfast and, following studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, began his professional life as a cellist. He was a member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra, and founded the Belfast based contemporary music ensemble Sequenza which commissioned and premiered a number of new works. As CEO of Music Network, he played a lead role in developing the Vogler Quartet in Sligo residency and authored a feasibility study, A National System of Local Music Education Services. He worked for over a decade at The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon as Arts Director before joining RTÉ as Executive Director, Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs. In this role, he initiated a partnership project that offered a view of music composed in Ireland 1916‐2016, Composing the Island. He is currently RTÉ Music and Arts Strategy Executive. Qualifications include a B. Mus (Queen’s University, Belfast) and an MBA (University College, Dublin).

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Cork County Council