Donlon to leave Dunamaise

The Director of the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Louis Donlon, has announced that she is to leave her position at the end of March.

The Director of the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Louis Donlon, has announced that she is to leave her position at the end of March.

She has been appointed as Manager of the new Lime Tree Theatre in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

She moved to Laois in 1999 on her appointment to the Dunamaise and has been responsible for the programming of the theatre and gallery in the arts centre since that time. Among the highlights during her tenure have been performances by The Chieftains, Druid Theatre Company, The Gate with its Waiting for Godot tour, John O’Conor, the Abbey and many more too numerous to mention.

Louis Brennan, Chairman of the Dunamaise Arts Company expressed his sincere regret at the loss of such an accomplished Director/Manager of the Centre. He said that his fellow directors and all employees were equally saddened by the news. Louise has been a power of knowledge, experience and skills in relation to all forms of the arts.

He said that her work in developing the Dunamaise as a model of excellence has been recognised throughout the country. “We were very fortunate to have the benefit of her managerial expertise since the Dunamaise was opened in 1999,” he said.

He wished Louise and her family every good wish and trusted that her relationship with the Dunamaise Arts Centre and the people of Laois would continue as she and her husband, Jim O’Brien, had made an important contribution to society in Laois since their arrival here in 1999.