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Retirement of Páraic Breathnach from the Galway Arts Centre
The Galway Arts Centre wishes to announce the retirement of its Managing Director, Páraic Breathnach. Following thirteen years supporting the arts at the head of the Galway Arts Centre, Páraic is retiring from the role to pursue his own personal creative pursuits.
Announcing his retirement, Páraic said:
“In my 65th year I want to follow another direction. During the ongoing lockdown I have started working on my autobiography and it has become a demanding endeavour to which I want to dedicate time in the future. There are also a few plays and stories to be finished and I would like to return to working in acting and theatre design.”
He went on to thank his colleagues in the Centre:
“I would like to thank the Chairpersons and the Board members who gave me the opportunity to contribute to the Arts in the city and supported me in that work. I have enjoyed my time at GAC, especially working with Cúirt and Galway Youth Theatre and I would like to thank all my colleagues down the years for their friendship and their commitment to the work. The neighbours of Dominick Street and Nuns’ Island are supportive of the Centre and I would like to thank them for helping me on many occasions. The business community deserve gratitude for their continued sponsorship of the arts.”
This is a challenging time for the arts and Páraic wishes the board and staff all the best of luck and better funding in the future.
Páraic has been involved in the development of a new strategic plan for the Galway Arts Centre, focused on its important role in sustaining and supporting the arts in Galway into the future. As well as providing venues for the visual arts, theatre and performance, the Centre supports a number of theatre initiatives, including Galway Youth Theatre, Decadent Theatre Company and Red Bird Youth Collective. It hosts the annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature and supports a number of artist residencies and arts training programmes throughout the year. In this way, it provides vital support and development for both established and emerging artists in the West of Ireland.
Commenting on his retirement, Galway Arts Centre Chair, Fiona Neary, thanked Páraic for his service to the arts:
“It is certainly a challenging time for the arts, but we look forward to brighter days ahead. As the Galway Arts Centre seeks to enhance its role in the arts, we will be guided by our new strategic plan and by Galway City Council’s new arts strategy. In doing so, we will be building on the legacy that Páraic leaves behind. On behalf of the Galway Arts Centre Board, I would like to wish Páraic every success in his retirement and in his creative pursuits to come.”