Governance | Rialachas

The Irish Writers Centre keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. The organisation is transparent in its audited financial statements, with most recent statements (2017) available here. These accounts are independently audited and made public on our website. Our accounts are also prepared according to the Statement of Recommended Practice for Charities (SORP), which is recognised as best practice by the Accounting Standards Board. 

The Irish Writers Centre is registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority in the Republic of Ireland. Our Charity Registration number is CHY 19738.

Our Board | Ár mBord

The Irish Writers Centre is governed by a voluntary board of Directors. Our board members receive no payments and serve a maximum of two three-year terms. 

Liz McManus, Chairperson (since 04/2015)

Liz McManus Irish Writers CentreLiz McManus is the founder director of the Bray Womens Refuge and a former member of  Bray Town Council and Wicklow Co Council. She was elected to Dáil Eireann in 1992–2011, was Chair of the Taskforce on the Needs of the Travelling Community (1995–1997), Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal (1994–1997) and former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (2000 -2007).  Liz McManus was awarded an M Phil with distinction in 2013, the Hennessy New Irish Writing award, Listowel Short Story award and Irish PEN award. Her first novel Acts of Subversion was shortlisted for an Irish Times/Aer Lingus First Novel award. Her latest novel A Shadow in the Yard (2015) is published by Ward River Press. 

Paul Moore, Treasurer (since 09/2013)

Paul is a chartered certified accountant, practices as a taxation consultant in Dublin and is  a past board member and president of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland. He has written  text books for professionals on company tax, farm tax and the Taxes Consolidation Tax Act, 1997. He acted as private sector chairman of  the taxes consolidation act project  editorial board in 1996 and 1997, the largest piece of legislation ever to go through the Oireachtas, with over a thousand sections and thirty two schedules. During his career he  has advised such diverse entities as Government Departments (including the Revenue  Commissioners), charities, large companies and private individuals and brings this wide experience to the Centre.

Martina Devlin, Vice Chair (since 09/2013)

Martina DevlinMartina Devlin is a journalist and author, with seven novels and two non-fiction books published. Her novels include About Sisterland, The House Where It Happened and Ship of Dreams. Non-fiction includes Banksters, co-authored with RTÉ’s David Murphy, about the Irish banking collapse. Prizes include the Royal Society of Literature's VS Pritchett Memorial Prize and a Hennessy Literary Prize, while she has been shortlisted three times for the Irish Book Awards. She writes a current affairs column for the Irish Independent every Saturday, and has been named National Newspapers of Ireland Commentator of the Year, among other media awards. She has an MPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature, is a Phd applicant at the School of English in Trinity College Dublin, and holds a diploma in company direction from the Institute of Directors.

Hilary Fennell (since 09/2013)

Hilary Fennell currently works as a freelance journalist, communications consultant and documentary maker. She has produced and directed television and radio series, and documentary productions, many of which have won international plaudits. Past work includes feature-length arts projects such as Imagining Ulysses (Winner of Celtic Film Festival, Chicago Intercom Film Festival, Santa Monica Film Festival, shortlisted for Prix Italia & Canadian Film Board) and intimate portraits of artists such as Nóirín Ní Riain – Voice at the Edge - Arts Lives (nominated for a Radharc Award). Having worked in organisations, large and  small, Hilary has gained a wealth of experience in a diverse array of leadership roles on arts and cultural projects. She held the role of Director of Communications at the voluntary organisation One Family for several years. Hilary originally studied law at Trinity College Dublin and qualified as a barrister from The Kings Inns. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies and been shortlisted for a number of awards including The McLaverty and Fish prizes. She has worked as a television presenter, voice over artist, radio producer, event manager and magazine editor. 

Rossa Ó Snodaigh (since 06/2014)

Rossa is the youngest of six brothers who were brought up speaking Irish in Sandymount, Dublin to publisher Pádraigh Ó Snodaigh and Sculptor Cliodhna Cussen. He attended Scoil Lorcáin and Coláiste Eoin where he set up the now internationally renowned group Kíla. A multi-instrumentalist, Rossa has composed music for theatre, dance and films including the Oscar nominated animation The Secret Of Kells. He ran People and their Poetry, the Dublin Drum Circle and Speakers’ Square in Dublinand through his company An Puball Gaeilge, he continues to organise Irish language events at festivals like the Electric Picnic. He had a show on Raidió na Life and now reports for TG4's arts show Imeall. He has had three books published The Joy of Pissing, Making Out in Irish and Our Fada and recently produced and co-directed the radio play Pat the Pipe Píobaire.


Mary O'Donnell

IWC Members' Nominee (since 05/2015)

Mary O’Donnell is a widely-published poet, short-story writer and novelist. She has been a Cultural Representative on the former governing authority of Maynooth University, has adjudicated the Dublin International IMPAC Literary Award, the Irish Times Poetry Award, the Strokestown International Poetry Competition, and the Hennessy/New Irish Writing Awards. Her Selected Poems were published in Hungarian in 2011 when she was co-winner of the Irodälmi Jelen translation prize. Her seventh poetry collection, Those April Fevers was published by Arc Publications UK in April 2015. She teaches creative writing for Carlow University Pittsburgh.  

Luán Ó Braonáin (since 04/2016)

Luan O BraonainLuán is a senior counsel, practising at the Bar of Ireland. He has formerly been a member of the Board of Comhar magazine, a platform for writers, poets, reviewers, journalists and commentators in Irish. He advises and acts in cases ranging from administrative and constitutional law, through medical negligence and criminal cases, to media and defamation law. He is instructed on behalf of a diverse array of people and corporations, from private clients to local authorities, insurance companies and the State. He has a young family.

James Harpur (since 04/2017)

James HarpurJames Harpur is the author of three books and teaches painting and drawing to community groups in Dublin. He previously worked with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and as a Consumer Affair Executive.

Jenni Barrett (since 04/2018)

Jenni Barrett is chief executive of development agency, Edmund Rice Development. She has over 20 years’ experience in strategic planning, organisational development, fundraising and philanthropy, communications and finance from both non-profit and corporate sectors. Jenni previously worked for the National Concert Hall, the Ark Cultural Centre for Children and University College Dublin, and is a former member of the board of the Childrens Books Ireland. Jenni is author of two novels Look into the Eye and The Songbird’s Way, published by Poolbeg Press, and she has recently completed her first novel for children.



Deirdre Lillis (since 04/2018)

Suzanne Dirks (since 08/2018)

Audited Accounts

In compliance with the governance transparency for organisations in receipt of recurring Arts Council funding, the Irish Writers Centre audited accounts for 2017 are available to view. 

IWC Constitution

The Irish Writers Centre Constitution can be found here.

Privacy Policy

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Child Safeguarding Statement

The Irish Writers Centre has implemented principles and procedures which are observed to ensure, as far as possible, that a child is safe from harm while availing of our services both within our building and off-site. Our Child Safeguarding Statement can be found here.