New Heritage Directors

Following the unveiling of its new ten-year strategic plan in 2023, the independent, non-profit organisation the Irish Heritage Trust has appointed four directors: Ger Aherne, Niamh Ann Kelly (pictured), Tony Larkin and Eoghan Lehane.

Retired Defence Forces Brigadier General Ger Aherne has held strategic military appointments in Ireland, commanded national and international forces for the UN, EU and NATO on three continents, and was seconded by Ireland to the OSCE in Croatia. He served two terms as an elected member of the University of Galway’s Governing Authority and sat for many years on its Alumni Board.

Niamh Ann Kelly is Head of Art and Visual Culture at TU Dublin School of Art and Design. She has worked in third-level education and research for over two decades with a focus on interdisciplinary work and building sustainable links between research, learning and industry.

Former Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Services with Wexford County Council Tony Larkin  has more than 42 years of experience in local government in Ireland.

Chartered Engineer Eoghan Lehane spent over twenty years with one of Ireland’s leading consulting engineering firms engaged in the design and construction of civil engineering infrastructural projects throughout Ireland.

Established in 2006, the Trust is now a leading national organisation with four landmark heritage properties currently in its care: 11 Parnell Square, Dublin, where the Trust is headquartered; Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens, Cork; Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens, Wexford; and Strokestown Park & The National Famine Museum, Roscommon. 

During 2023 the ESB announced that it had selected the Irish Heritage Trust as the partner to develop No. 12 Lower Fitzwilliam Street as a museum, connecting the history of Georgian Dublin and Fitzwilliam Street Lower and the development of science and technology in the home over 200 years.

Irish Heritage Trust Chairperson Clare McGrath welcomed the new directors and thanked former directors Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, John Crowe and the late Patrick Curley for their valuable contributions and insights in recent years.