Literature Ireland

Our Board

The members of Literature Ireland's Board of Directors bring with them experience from a broad range of sectors, but all share the same passion for Irish literature and its promotion across the globe.

Alison Lyons (Chairperson), Dublin City Libraries

Alison Lyons is Head of Finance for Dublin City Libraries and is a librarian by profession. Following a BA in English and Classical Civilisation from Trinity College Dublin, she completed a Higher Diploma in Library and Information Studies in University College Dublin and has worked with Dublin City Libraries throughout most of her career, including for the Dublin Prison Library Service, where she managed services to prisoners in all seven of Dublin’s prisons. Before taking on the Finance role she was Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

Alison Lyons joined the board of Literature Ireland on the 29th of June 2018.


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Anne Barrington, Diplomat

Anne Barrington was Ambassador of Ireland to Japan from 2014 until her retirement in 2018. She was appointed by the Irish government in 2018 as Special Envoy for Ireland’s United Nations Security Council Campaign 2021–22.  She served as Joint Secretary in the North South Ministerial Council in Armagh, Northern Ireland, was Ambassador to Tanzania, and served at Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York and in Ireland’s Embassy in Washington, DC.  When in Dublin, her positions included Director General Europe Division and Director of the National Forum on Europe. She also worked for three years in the Department of the Taoiseach on European Union affairs.

Anne Barrington joined the board of Literature Ireland on 4 October 2019.

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Lisa Coen, Publisher

Lisa Coen is founding co-publisher at Tramp Press. Tramp is a Dublin-based publisher committed to discovering exceptional new writing. Lisa graduated from NUI Galway and holds a PhD from the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

Lisa Coen was appointed to the Board on 1st July 2022.

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Danielle McLaughlin, Writer

Danielle McLaughlin is a writer based in Cork, Ireland. She is the author of the short story collection Dinosaurs on Other Planets, and her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, The Irish Times, the Stinging Fly, and various anthologies. Danielle has won the Windham Campbell Prize and the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. Her first novel, The Art of Falling, was published in 2021.

Danielle McLaughlin joined the board of Literature Ireland in July 2022.


Charles O'Regan, Governance and Finance

Charles O’Regan is Company Secretary and Head of Finance in the Economic and Social Research Institute. He is a qualified accountant and a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts. He holds a B.Comm from UCD. He has over 40 years’ experience in financial and governance roles. He also provides assistance to the Irish Economic Association, Economic and Social Studies, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council and he is a member of the forum for the implementation of Impact 2030, Ireland’s Research and Innovation Strategy.

Charles joined the Board in August 2023.

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Patrick Prendergast, Engineer

Patrick Prendergast is a university academic. He is currently Chairperson of the Governing Body of South East Technological University and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. He served as President and Provost of Trinity College Dublin (2011-2021), when Literature Ireland and the Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation were co-located to the newly renovated Georgian building at 36 Fenian Street, Dublin, making it a venue for literary translation, study and research.

Patrick Prendergast was appointed to the Board in August 2023.


Dr Rita Sakr, Lecturer/Assistant Professor

Lebanese-born Dr Rita Sakr is Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Postcolonial and Global Literatures at Maynooth University, Ireland. She is the author of two monographs and many journal articles/book chapters, co-editor of two collections of essays, and co-director of an ESRC-funded documentary.

Rita is a member of the jury for the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, commissioning editor for the Arab and Middle Eastern Literatures volumes of the Literary Encyclopedia, co-founder of the Irish Network for Middle Eastern and North African Studies and serves on committees, public engagement initiatives and international funded research projects focused on forced displacement, especially from the MENA region.


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Rita Sakr joined the board of Literature Ireland on the 20th of January 2022.

Dr Martín Veiga, Academic and Literary Translator

Martín Veiga is a lecturer in Hispanic Studies at University College Cork, where he is also the director of the Irish Centre for Galician Studies and one of the convenors of the research cluster ‘Translation and Creative Practice’. He is the co-editor of Galicia 21: Journal of Contemporary Galician Studies and has published six award-winning collections of poetry and academic work in areas such as contemporary poetry, travel writing and literary translation. In 2017, he received the prestigious Pedrón de Honra award for his sustained dedication to the international promotion of Galician culture.

Martín Veiga joined the board of Literature Ireland on the 29th of June 2018.


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Dr Audrey Whitty, Librarian and Curator

Dr Audrey Whitty is the Director of the National Library of Ireland (NLI) since February 2023. From 2019 to January 2023 she was the Deputy Director/Head of Collections and Learning at the National Museum of Ireland (NMI). During 2015-19 Dr Whitty was Keeper of the Art and Industrial Division, at NMI. Throughout 2013 and 2014 she was Curator of European and Asian Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, New York. From 2001 to 2013, Dr Whitty was Curator of Ceramics, Glass and Asian collections, Art and Industrial Division, NMI.

She has authored over ninety publications and lectured to such institutions as the Sorbonne, Paris; Trinity College Dublin; Art Institute of Chicago; National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; SOFA (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art), Chicago; National University of Ireland, Galway; the American Irish Historical Society, New York City; the Irish-Chinese Cultural Society; New York Metropolitan Glass Club; University College Dublin; Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington; National University of Ireland, Maynooth and National College of Art & Design, Dublin.

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