Stories | 11 June 2020

A note from our CEO

Iseult Byrne at the opening of 14 Henrietta Street, 2018.

Iseult Byrne at the opening of 14 Henrietta Street, 2018.

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While many of our programmes will be back in ‘live’ action as soon as public health guidelines say, and we begin our plans to re-open our venues Richmond Barracks and 14 Henrietta Street, we are planning to make programmes available from a distance throughout the remainder of 2020.

As preparations continue, I would like to thank the Board of Directors of Dublin City Council Culture Company for their continued support and hard work through this period to assist the work of the company to continue to adjust, succeed and deliver.

The Board of Directors Siobhán Bourke (Producer and Founder / Co-Director Irish Theatre Institute), Tim Carey (Author and Principal Officer Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government), Councillor Vincent Jackson (Independent Councillor for Ballyfermot-Drimnagh), Rhona O’Brien (General Counsel and Company Secretary Aryzta), Councillor Cat O'Driscoll (Social Democrat for Cabra Glasnevin Local Area, & Chair of Culture Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) for Dublin CIty Council), Richard Shakespeare (Assistant Chief Executive, Planning and Property Development Dublin CIty Council) and Brendan Teeling (Deputy City Librarian, Dublin City Public Libraries) and the great work of our finance committee chaired by Tom Dunne (Group Financial Controller at The Rehab Group) have worked tirelessly to support myself and the team in our continued work and ongoing plans.

The team of Dublin City Council Culture Company has worked really hard in the last few months to create connections to culture for people through conversation and experiences, and have succeeded in bringing a number of our programmes online. The team has demonstrated great adaptability and flexibility to transform our programmes to now be able to exist online, over the phone, and remain engaging. I am very pleased that together the team has been able to ensure that culture - so vital in connecting people to their communities - can still be accessed and enjoyed from home.

While we prepare for re-opening 14 Henrietta Street to public tours, our tour guides are re-imagining the experience for audiences to include social distancing but not lose any of the stories that make this history and the storytelling of it so special for our visitors. We are planning our delivery of in-person workshops, events and cultural happenings in Richmond Barracks and beyond. With Culture Club, the team continues to bring participants to places and spaces around the city, but now we are bringing those places to them via online talks and tours. We will continue to grow and add to the programme over the coming months, bringing even more cultural experiences either in people’s homes or once on site, supported by our great team and fantastic partnerships that deliver the experiences. The National Neighbourhood will continue with open calls for people to participate with culture in their city. We will now look again at plans to launch Culture Near You and Our City Our Books and we continue to work on much more.

So my thanks to the team for your ongoing commitment, huge amount of hard work and passion.

Iseult Byrne

CEO, Dublin City Council Culture Company

You can see a full list of all Dublin City Council Culture Company staff, advisors and board members here.