Deputy Technical Manager
Box Office & Front of House Manager
Box Office Assistant
Front of House:
Front of House Usher Team:
Eibhlin Laffan Downes
(Since December 2002) (Chair). A founder member of Mermaid, employed by Wicklow County Council as a Director of Services in Planning, and since 2001 has been Town/District Manager of Bray. He has primary/post graduate qualifications in civil engineering, planning and business administration, and prior to working in Wicklow County Council, worked in a Development Agency in Bangladesh for 5 years. Main arts interests are in cinema and theatre.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
Rachel Fallon is a visual artist and founding member of Outpost Studios in Bray. Her background is in film and Cirque Nouveau. As well as an individual art practice, she works in collaborative groups and collectives; including Desperate Artwives(U.K.) and The Tellurometer Project(Ireland). She is also founding member of Pff Publications - a feminist zine. She exhibits nationally and internationally and her work is held in public and private collections including The Wellcome Collection and Goldsmiths Women’s Library. A native of Co. Wicklow, she is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors.
Steven Matthews is a Wicklow County Councillor, former Bray Town Councillor and is an electrician with Irish Rail. Steven is a graduate of DIT Planning and Environmental Management, a member of An Taisce and Wicklow CoCo Planning Policy Committee.
(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.
The Arts Council
Municipal District Bray
Wicklow County Council
Craft Picture Framing