Organising Team

Who We Are

Organising Team

The Organising Team for the Festival is made up of a small group of volunteers, supported by a professional artistic director. Our wish is to create a Festival that we ourselves would like to go to, where we can combine our passion for reading with a great weekend away. The Organising Committee is ably assisted each year by many Festival helpers, without whom the Festival would not happen.

Ennis Book Club Festival Committee 2017

Emer O’Connell – Chairperson
Emer is a senior civil servant with extensive experience of working across a number of different Government Departments. She has a keen interest in the arts, with a particular love for music and literature. She can regularly be found pounding the streets of Ennis! 

Paul Perry - Artistic Director
Paul is a published poet and novelist. He has previously acted as Artistic Director for Aspects Literature Festival,Bangor, and is a former Curator for the Poetry Now International Poetry Festival in Dún Laoghaire.

Michael Conneely – Corporate Support Coordinator
Michael has some fifteen years of financial planning experience. He readily admits that he joined the Festival Committee to improve his social life!

Cora Gunter – County Library Representative
Cora is executive librarian in DeValera Library, Ennis. She has worked in libraries for over 13 years and has had a long involvement in community engagement with arts festivals.

Mary Henchy – Book Club Member
Mary is a Quantity Surveyor by profession. She works as a volunteer tutor with Clare Adult Basic Education Service, loves reading and is a member of a book club. 

Nollag MacNamara  – Treasurer
Nollag is a quantity surveyor by profession and is an avid reader and book club member. 

Former Committee Members
The reputation of the Ennis Book Club Festival has been built up over a long number of years by a range of different people who have given freely of their time and dedication to ensure the success of the Festival. Former Organising Committee members include: Patricia Callaly, Ciana Campbell, Mary Donnelly, Mary Kenneally, Ann Knox, Cathy McDermott; Ruth McDonnell, Frances O’Gorman, Catherine O’Hara, Paula Sheils and Helen Walsh.