Who’s Who


To contact a member of mermaid arts centre staff by e-mail please put @mermaidartscentre.ie after their department as listed below.

Artistic Director
Niamh O'Donnell
Ph 01-2724304
e-mail: director

Fionnuala Downes
Ph 01 2724300
e-mail: admin

Box Office Co-ordinator
Stephanie Enders
Ph 01-2724301
e-mail: info

Front of House Manager
Stephanie Casey
Ph 01-2724301
e-mail: frontofhouse

Duty Front of House Manager
Hannah Golden & Siobhan Gallagher
e-mail: frontofhouse

Communications Manager
Aoife Demel
Ph 01-2724302
e-mail: pr

Communications & Programme Co-ordinator
Róisín O'Grady
Ph 01-2724306
e-mail: marketing

Technical Manager
Eoin Fegan
Ph 01-2724303
e-mail: tech

Deputy Technical Manager
Dermot Marrey
Ph 01-2724303
e-mail: tech



Des O'Brien (Since December 2002) (Chair )

David Forde (Since September 2011)

David Forde has been part of the Wicklow County Council as District Administrator since June 2014. His previous roles include Financial Officer of Bray Town Council. He studied at DIT Marketing and Design College where he gained a passion for the arts. 

Jenny Sherwin (Ex officio)

Jenny Sherwin is the Wicklow County Arts Officer. Wicklow County Arts Office was established as a core service of Wicklow Local Authorities in 1997, to stimulate arts practice in the county and to support artist development.
Much has been achieved in the county since the establishment of the Arts Office to reinforce locally the benefits and the merits of arts practice and participation.

Grainne McLoughlin (Since July 2014)

Gráinne Mc Loughlin is a Wicklow County Councillor and is delighted to be asked to join the board of the Mermaid. Originally from Bray, Gráinne has had a lifelong interest in the Arts and was director of the Greystones Arts Festival for 8 years.
Grainne was awarded an MA in Public Culture Studies and a Higher Diploma in Management Practice for the Arts. She is a member of Business2Arts and works as an Administration Manager in Dublin.

Mary Lord (Since January 2013)

Mary Lord is Senior Vice President Research and Development for Oriflame Cosmetics International. She is a strategic thinker and has created a culture of innovation which has delivered many new and innovative products across the categories of Skin Care, Colour Cosmetics and Hair & Body delivering real business value to the company.

Martin Davidson (Since January 2013)

Martin Davidson is a retired Construction Economist and has lived in Bray for thirty years.
He has a particular interest in theatre and classical music. He is currently a director of the Festival of Great Music in Irish Houses and has been a member of choral societies since 1969.
In the last ten years he has performed in one act plays in Bray and in many parts of Ireland. He is keen to see the Mermaid Arts Centre attract a wide audience and consolidate its status as one of the foremost centres for the arts in Ireland.

John Nolan (Since January 2013)

John Nolan, the previous President of Bray Chamber of Commerce for the past 6 years, is a proud Board Member of Mermaid Arts Centre stating that he is representing the business community and also the local community with his experience in his job at Greenstar. 

John Ryan (Since July 2014)

Cllr. John Ryan was elected to Wicklow County Council in 2004 and served as Mayor of Bray in 2009/2010. Currently John is Leas Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council. A native of Bray John is married to Kelly with three children.

Brendan Thornhill (Since July 2014)

Originally from West Cork, Garda Brendan Thornhill came from a family of three brothers and one sister. He was educated in Skibbereen, County Cork, where he grew up. In 1979, he applied to join An Garda Siochána. He moved to Bray in 1989 where he was appointed as Community Garda. His mantra was to 'walk and talk, meet and greet, empathise and sympathise with everyone and anyone, young or old, rich or poor and people of all cultures and creeds', and it still is to this day.


  • The Arts Council
  • Bray Town Council
  • Wicklow County Council
  • Greenstar