New chairperson appointed for Galway 2020

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Galway 2020 has announced the appointment of a new chairperson to take the place of Aideen McGinley.

Well known film and theatre producer Arthur Lappin is the latest new appointment to the board of Galway 2020 after the company Artichoke was announced as the new Creative Director last week.

Patricia Philbin, CEO Galway 2020 welcomed the appointment, “Arthur is renowned in the industry and we are delighted that, as Chair, he will play a significant part in the delivery of Galway 2020.

“With his unrivalled knowledge and experience, we believe he is a superb addition,” she added.

Aideen McGinley announced in December that she would be stepping down from her role as chairperson as soon as a successor had been found.

She said that she was leaving as she felt that as the project moves to a new phase it was time for leadership with a fresh skill set.

“I would like to acknowledge the contribution of our outgoing Chair, Aideen McGinley and thank her sincerely for her commitment and leadership during her tenure,” Patricia Philbin said.

In his time working in the industry Arthur Lappin has produced 16 feature films including classics like My Left Foot and The Boxer.

His films have been nominated for 16 Academy Awards and won 4, as well as many other international awards.

Arthur has also worked on over 20 stage productions that have been in every major theatre in Ireland and toured the UK and Australia.

He said that he was honoured to be trusted with this position on the board of Galway 2020.

“My work during the bid process showed me how transformative this could be for Galway – not just for the work that will be presented during 2020, but for the legacy which it will sew for the future.”

“I am excited about the opportunity that Galway 2020 presents, now is the time for us all to stoke the flames of public enthusiasm.”

“Together, we will generate waves of excitement and brilliance to demonstrate that Galway is indeed the capital of culture.”


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