Chair - Currently Vacant
Deirdre Cleary is a former Manager of Dominic’s Community Centre, Avonbeg Garden, Tallaght. She began her career in Tallaght in the Dublin West Education Centre and joined the Community Centre in August 2009. Her first involvement with TCA worked was on the collaboration on two pieces of art for presentation to President Mary McAleese on the occasion of her visit to the Centre in February 2012. Since then we have worked on a number of initiatives with TCA initiatives including the Box Stories, The Haunted, Unwrapped and the Trash Catchers Project.
Madeleine Millar is a native of Tallaght having been born and reared in Tallaght where she continues to live with her young family. Madeleine qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and worked in a small solicitor’s practice in Inchicore, Dublin before progressing to work in the Corporate Legal Advisory Services Department of KPMG, Dublin. She then moved to the Employment Law Department of William Fry Solicitors Dublin as an Associate Solicitor where she worked for four years before she opened her own practice on Main Street, Tallaght village in 2006 where she offers advices to clients, both individuals and small to medium sized companies on all aspects of law.
Helen Taylor qualified as a Physical Education and English teacher in 1988 and started teaching in Jobstown Community College in 1994. She taught there until 2006 when she was appointed Deputy Principal in Assumption Secondary School in Walkinstown. In 2009 Helen returned to Jobstown as Principal to what is now known as Mount Seskin Community College. As Principal she has a strong belief in the intrinsic value of the arts in education. She also believes that her position as Principal gives her an authority and a responsibility to both recognise and challenge the barriers to real engagement with the arts. Equality of access to and participation in the arts both within the school curriculum and beyond are fundamental principles that Helen supports. Tallaght Community Arts is a tangible embodiment of how to translate that aspiration into reality. When not wearing her Principal’s hat, Helen loves to read fiction, go running and passionately follow the Leinster rugby team.
Cllr. Alan Edge
Alan is an independent councillor representing the LEA of Firhouse-Bohernabreena. Between 2003-2015 he lived in London and practised as a criminal barrister. On returning to Ireland, he became involved in the Marriage Equality campaign and later in the blasphemy and repeal 8th campaigns. He also co-ordinated the campaign to re-elect Michael D Higgins in Dublin South-West and had an active role in the successful Dáil campaign of Katherine Zappone. Alan has worked with groups such as Dublin Pride, Kampala Pride and MASI. In addition to his work on the Council, Alan is a civil celebrant. In his spare time, he enjoys acting, movies & theatre and reading. He is also on the board of the Glenasmole Community Centre.
Paul O'Connor is a business owner, web publisher, freelance editor and features writer, tutor in literature & creative writing to medical students, community arts organiser. He runs a successful database business, The Property Week Ltd, relied upon daily by hundreds of Irish property professionals for their valuations work and market analysis. He writes occasional features for national newspapers and magazines, and has edited and ghost-written books for publishers including Merrion Press and Hachette Ireland. Paul teaches literature, including creative writing, to first year medical students in Trinity College Dublin as part of their humanities elective. He is involved in community arts organisations, as co-founder of Club Cheoil na Lochanna and Poula Poetry Group in west Wicklow, and in the past as a committee member with the Tramway Theatre Group and Blessington Musical & Dramatic Society. As a result, based on this broad range of experience, Paul possesses a wide variety of skills including sales, communications, project management, team management and creative thinking.
Sarah FitzGibbon has been working in the field of educational drama, theatre in education and youth drama for over twenty years. With her collaborator, Joanna Parkes they have published two books of schemes for the Irish primary school curriculum and classroom. Step by Step Educational Drama ( pub. 2006) and Step by Step Together (pub. 2008) are available through www.otb.ie and www.nayd.ie. With Dublin City Council Arts office, Sarah and Joanna are developing a online resource on conducting educational drama in schools serving pupils with special needs focusing on ASD based on their work since 2010. Sarah worked with a variety of theatre companies in a variety of capacities from actor to education officer; director to dramaturg. Since 2011 she has been an consultant to The Abbey Theatre developing their responses to the changes at secondary level and designing the Priming The Canon Programme which brings specifically written pieces of theatre into primary school throughout Ireland. Sarah has written 4 plays for very young audiences; performed and facilitated on 12 TIE tours audiences; assisted in the development of 16 scripts of young audiences; was artistic director of 1 youth theatre and was development officer for Youth Theatre Ireland for 5 years assisting in the development of others; continues to develop process drama schemes in primary schools in Dublin. She is an artist in association with Puca Puppets and Early Childhood Creativity and is doing a Masters in Socially Engaged Practice in NCAD.
Lynda has worked for many years with the Global Professional Services Company Accenture, as a Manager in their Technology Group, working on large scale SAP system implementations both here in Ireland and abroad. She has held a lifelong love for the arts and in particular, dance and music. As a sufferer of chronic pain, Lynda is very interested in bringing people on the margins of society with hidden illness and disabilities back in to the community, through involvement in the arts. She believes strongly that the arts can help the marginalised to express themselves and believes those with chronic conditions can also use the arts as an outlet to help them cope with life on a day to day basis. Having grown up in Greenhills and now living in Rathgar, Lynda has a strong sense of the social divides that are in our society and is passionate about bringing people together from all walks of life to access and enjoy the arts, and to build community. She has three fantastic kids, and sees her children, and other children in Ireland today, as the key to building a caring, tolerant and inclusive society.