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 2019

Cora Gunter – Chairperson
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.

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!

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.

Bridget Ginnity – Book Club Member
Bridget is also on the technical side, working on the safe use of chemicals in the workplace. She has been in one or other book club for over 30 years - and assures us that she usually finishes the book.

Catherine O'Brien
Catherine works in the area of Special Needs. She loves reading and is also in a book club.

Imelda Cahalan - Festival Administrator
Imelda has a business background, is a marketing and p.r. professional and in recent years has been co-ordinator of Culture Night for Co. Clare.

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, Emer O'Connell, Frances O’Gorman, Catherine O’Hara, Paula Sheils and Helen Walsh.