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Mission Statement

The Association is the representative body for Local Authority Arts Officers in Ireland.  The ALAAO is a forum for discussion and a support for the development of its members’ work within their respective Local Authorities and other partners.

The members are uniquely placed to inform and actively shape arts policy development and programme delivery throughout Ireland.

Arts Officers seek to deliver equitable access by all of the many and diverse communities to excellent arts practice, as practitioners, participants and audience members.  This applies to work in all disciplines, all contexts, voluntary, community and professional, nationally and locally.

There are 34 arts officers in City and County Local Authorities across Ireland


Association of Local Authority Arts Officers,

c/o Lucina Russell, Arts Officer, Kildare County Council, Riverbank, Newbridge,  Co Kildare;

Tel: 045-448328; Email: lrussell@kildarecoco.ie

Executive Committee

Chairperson, Lucina Russell

Vice Chairperson, Muireann Ni Chonaill, Arts Officer, Laois County Council

Treasurer, Conor Nolan, Arts Officer, Waterford City Council


In June 1985 the first County Arts Officer was appointed to Clare County Council, marking the beginning of a new relationship between the Arts Council and local authorities in promoting and developing the arts at local level. The national landscape of arts provision has been transformed in the intervening 25 years and local authorities redefined as key arts and cultural development agencies at local level.

A conference that marks 25 years of Arts Council and local authority partnership will take place in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick on 25 and 26 November 2010.

Chaired by journalist and broadcaster Olivia O'Leary, senior contributors from Ireland, the UK and Australia will explore the role the role of the arts and culture in local development. A special live recording of RTE's Sunday Miscellany will be held at this landmark event.

To read more about the conference, including the conference programme and booking information click here

Below Please find contact details for all City and Local Authority Arts Officers   

Carlow County Council

Web:               www.carlow.ie            

Arts Officer:     Sinead Dowling

T:                     +353 (0)59 91-70301

E:                     sdowling@carlowcoco.ie

Address:          County Offices, Athy Road, Carlow   


Cavan County Council

Web:               www.cavancoco.ie     

Arts Officer:     Catríona O`Reilly

T:                     049 4378548

E:                     catrionaoreilly@cavancoco.ie

Address:          The Courthouse,   Cavan   


Clare County Council

Web:               www.clarelibrary.ie     

Arts Officer:     Siobhán Mulcahy

T:                     065 6899091

E:                     siobhan.mulcahy@clarelibrary.ie

Address:          County Library, Mill Road, Ennis


Cork City Council

Web:               www.corkcorp.ie         

Arts Officer:     Liz Meaney

T:                     021 492 4298

E:                     liz_meaney@corkcity.ie

Address:          City Hall, Cork   


Cork County Council

Web:               www.corkcoco.ie        

Arts Officer:     Ian McDonagh

T:                     021 4346210

E:                     ian.mcdonagh@corkcoco.ie

Address:          County Hall, Carrigohane Road, Cork   


Donegal County Council

Web:               www.donegal.ie          

Arts Officer:     Traolach O`Fionnáin

T:                     074 9121968

E:                     traolach@donegalcoco.ie

Address:          c/o Co Library, Rosemount, Letterkenny, Co Donegal


Dublin City Council

Web:               www.dublincity.ie        

Arts Officer:     Sinead Connolly

T:                     01 2225455

E:                     sinead.connolly@dublincity.ie

Address:          The Arts Centre, The LAB, Foley Street Dublin 1


Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Web:               www.dlrcoco.ie           

Arts Officer:     Kenneth Redmond

T:                     01 2719508

E:                     kredmond@dlrcoco.ie

Address:          County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire   

Ealaín na Gaeltachta Teo

Web:               www.ealain.ie  

Arts Officer:     Micheál O Fearraigh

T:                     074 9531200 / 074 9560100

E:                     m.fearraigh@udaras.ie

Address:          Udarás na Gaeltachta, Doirí Beaga, Litir Ceanainn


Fingal County Council

Web:               www.fingalarts.ie        

Arts Officer:     Rory O`Byrne

T:                     01 8905099

E:                     rory.obryne@fingalcoco.ie

Address:          Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin


Galway City Council

Web:               www.galway.ie            

Arts Officer:     James Harrold

T:                     091 536546

E:                     jharrold@galwaycity.ie

Address:          City Hall, College Road, Galway   


Galway County Council

Web:               www.galway.ie            

Arts Officer:     Marilyn Gaughan

T:                     091 476504

E:                     mgaughan@galwaycoco.ie

Address:          Aras an Chontae, Prospect Hill, Galway   


Kerry County Council

Web:               www.kerrycoco.ie       

Arts Officer:     Kate Kennelly

T:                     +353 (0)66 7183815

E:                     kkennell@kerrycoco.ie

Address:          Aras and Chontae, Tralee Arts&Culture County Buildings, Rathass, Tralee


Kildare County Council

Web:               www.kildarecoco.ie     

Arts Officer:     Lucina Russell

T:                     045 448318

E:                     lrussell@kildarecoco.ie

Address:          Riverbank Arts Centre,  Newbridge, Co Kildare


Kilkenny County Council

Web:               www.kilkenny.ie          

Arts Officer:     Mary Butler

T:                     056 7794137

E:                     mary.butler@kilkennycoco.ie

Address:          John`s Street, Kilkenny   


Laois County Council

Web:               www.laois.ie    

Arts Officer:     Muireann Ní Chonaill

T:                     057 8674344

E:                     mnichona@laoiscoco.ie

Address:          Aras an Chontae,  Portlaoise, Co Laois  


Leitrim County Council

Web:               www.leitrimcoco.ie     

Arts Officer:     (Acting) Liz O’Dowd

T:                     071 9621694

E:                     lodowd@leitrimcoco.ie

Address:          The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim


Limerick City Council

Web:               www.limerickcity.ie     

Arts Officer:     Sheila Deegan

T:                     061 407421 / 407363

E:                     sdeegan@limerickcity.ie

Address:          City Hall Merchant`s Quay, Limerick   


Limerick County Council

Web:               www.lcc.ie      

Arts Officer:     Joan MacKernan

T:                     061-496000

E:                     arts@limerickcoco.ie

Address:          County Hall, Dooradoyle, Limerick   


Longford County Council

Web:               www.longfordcoco.ie  

Arts Officer:     Fergus Kennedy

T:                     043 34918

E:                     fkennedy@longfordcoco.ie

Address:          Great Water Street, Longford


Louth County Council

Web:               www.louthcoco.ie       

Arts Officer:     Brian Harten

T:                     041 6853234

E:                     brian.harten@louthcoco.ie

Address:          Mid-Louth Civic Services Centre, Fairgreen, Ardee, Co Louth


Mayo County Council

Web:               www.mayococo.ie      

Arts Officer:     Anne McCarthy

T:                     094 902 44 44 ext. 7558, 7560,7471

E:                     amccarthy@mayococo.ie

Address:          The Courthouse, The Mall, Castlebar, Co Mayo


Meath County Council

Web:               www.meath.ie

Arts Officer:     Geradette Bailey

T:                     01 8358014

E:                     gbailey@meathcoco.ie

Address:          Ashbourne Civic Offices,  Ashbourne, Co Louth


Monaghan County Council

Web:               www.monaghanartsoffice.org             

Arts Officer:     Somhairle MacConghail

T:                     047 71114

E:                     smacconghail@monaghancoco.ie

Address:          The Arts Office, Market House, Market Street, Monaghan


Offaly County Council

Web:               www.offaly.ie   

Arts Officer:     Sinead O`Reilly

T:                     057 9357400

E:                     soreilly@offalycoco.ie

Address:          Aras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore   


Roscommon County Council

Web:               www.roscommoncoco.ie       

Arts Officer:     Philip Delamere

T:                     090 6637285

E:                     artsoffice@roscommoncoco.ie

Address:          County Library, Abbey Street, Roscommon


Sligo County Council

Web:               www.sligococo.ie        

Arts Officer:     Mary McAuliffe

T:                     071 9111980

E:                     mmcauliffe@sligococo.ie

Address:          Arts Office Cleveragh Development Centre, Cleveragh Road, Sligo


South Dublin County Council

Web:               www.sdcc.ie   

Arts Officer:     Orla Scannell

T:                     01 4149000

E:                     oscannell@sdublincoco.ie

Address:          County Hall, Tallaght   


South Tipperary County Council

Web:               www.southtippcoco.ie            

Arts Officer:     Sally O`Leary

T:                     052 34565

E:                     sally.oleary@southtippcoco.ie

Address:          Clonmel County Museum, Clonmel


Tipperary NR County Council

Web:               www.tipperarynorth.ie

Arts Officer:     Melanie Scott

T:                     067 44852

E:                     mscott@northtippcoco.ie

Address:          Civic Offices Limerick Road. Nenagh   


Waterford City Council

Web:               www.waterfordcity.ie  

Arts Officer:     Conor Nolan

T:                     051 309 922

E:                     connornolan@waterfordcity.ie

Address:          City Hall, The Mall. Waterford   


Waterford County Council

Web:               www.waterfordcoco.ie            

Arts Officer:     Margaret Organ

T:                     058 41416

E:                     morgan@waterfordcoco.ie

Address:          Civic Offices, Davitt`s Quay, Dungarvan, Co Waterford


Westmeath County Council

Web:               www.westmeathcoco.ie/arts  

Arts Officer:     Catherine Kelly

T:                     044 9332140

E:                     ckelly@westmeathcoco.ie

Address:          County Buildings, Mount Street, Mullingar, Co Westmeath


Wexford County Council

Web:               www.wexford.ie          

Arts Officer:     Sinead Redmond

T:                     053 9176279

E:                     sinead.redmond@wexfordcoco.ie

Address:          County Hall, Spawell Road,  Wexford   


Wicklow County Council

Web:               www.wicklow.ie          

Arts Officer:     Jenny Sherwin

T:                     0404 20155

E:                     jsherwin@wicklowcoco.ie

Address:          County Buildings, Whitegates, Wicklow Town