Board of Directors


Board Members

Yvonne Coughlan (Chair), MA Theatre and Drama studies, UCC, founded her company RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions) in 2006, and has co-created and directed; arts participatory projects in short film and theatresite specific theatre projects, inter-disciplinary performances, festival  installations and community arts events, since that time. She has had the pleasure of producing live performances, radio podcasts, and art films, with international creatives, and on location in England, Scotland, Greece, Poland, Norway and Australia. Prominent Cork heritage locations havalso provided memorable settings for her work, such as Blackrock Castle, Fota House and Gardens, The Old Cork Waterworks; and Cork City Gaol, where the first RSVP production of Yvonne’s writing The Haunted History Tours, began in 2007. Though her heart lies with the artistic direction of the performer on screen or stage, she is also film producer and casting director, with award winners like short film 3 Friends, an adaptation of the work of Colm Tobínand art film The Other Woman Zizi’s dreamamong her music video, experimental film, and documentary film projects. She is the producer of annual Cork events the Cork Martial Arts Promotions (CMAP) awards ceremony, and McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition. Further positions held are production manager at promotional film production company VisitorFlix International, and Creative Producer with InFlightflix International, the Inflight destination video guide. She also volunteers as Cork South West co-ordinator with the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA.Yvonne haoften produced work for The Firkin Crane stageand is honoured to be a member of the board at such a prestigious and well loved theatre.

Dan Boyle is a former member of Dáil Éireann, Seanad Éireann, and Cork City Council. He is a Community Development Worker and is active in many arts organisations and events in the Cork area. In addition to chairing the board at Firkin Crane, he is currently chair of the board of Corcadorca Theatre Company, as well as a board member (and former chair) of Cork Art Society/Lavit gallery. He is also formerly the chair and board member of Wandesford Quay Artists Studios and Gallery and a former board member of the Glucksmann Gallery, Triskel Arts Centre and Crawford Art Gallery.

Kieran McCarthy has actively promoted Cork’s heritage with its various communities and people for over twenty years. He has led and continues to lead successful heritage initiatives through his community talks, City and County school heritage programmes, walking tours, newspaper articles, books and his work through his heritage consultancy business. For the past 16 years, Kieran has written a local heritage column in the Cork Independent on the history, geography and its intersection of modern day life in communities in Cork City and County. He holds a PhD in Cultural Geography from University College Cork and has interests in ideas of landscape, collective memory, narrative and identity structures. Kieran is the author of seventeen books on Cork and its region. In June 2009 and May 2014, Kieran was elected as a local government councillor (Independent) to Cork City Council. He is also a member of the EU’s Committee of the Regions. More on Kieran’s work can be seen at and

Conall Ó Riain
With over a decade of experience in arts marketing and creative producing, Conall Ó Riain has worked in a variety of roles including artist development, communications, press, strategic planning, fundraising and sales, in a broad spectrum of arts organisations and venues, including BrokenCrow Theatre Company, Attic Projects / Luke Murphy, Catherine Young Dance, ANU Productions, Conflicted Theatre, Project Arts Centre, Galway International Arts Festival, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, and most recently Cork Midsummer Festival (2015 – present). From 2016 – 2019 he was the programme producer of Tessellate, an artist development and mentorship initiative of Corcadorca Theatre Company, Cork Midsummer Festival and The Everyman. He holds a Higher Diploma in Arts Policy and Practice (2010) and a Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies (2011) from NUI Galway.
Cllr Michael Nugent
Luke Murphy
Ann Dempsey
Linda O’Shea Farren
Company Secretary: Irene Ring

Expert Advisory Panel

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Catherine Foley
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