At Ballina Arts Centre we are committed to the governance and transparency requirements as outlined by the Arts Council of Ireland. Ballina Arts Centre is committed to the process of adopting and ultimately complying with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland. Ballina Arts Centre has been added to the List of Organisations on the adoption journey, now up on

Board Members

Ray Collins

Ray is a longstanding member of the board and is the current Chairperson. He has been a town councillor and also Mayor of Ballina. He is a dynamic individual who is energetically active in the local community. Ray is a keen theatre goer and is director of Ballina Riverside Theatre Company.

Cllr Annie May Reape

Annie May is a Fianna Fáil County Councillor. She is an elected and serving member of Mayo County Council since 1991. She became the first female Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council from 1991-2 and received tremendous respect and publicity for this. She has been a member of the board of Ballina Arts Centre for over a decade.

Michelle Mulherin

Michelle Mulherin was a Senator in the 25th Seanad having been nominated by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in May 2016. She studied law at University College Dublin and trained as a Solicitor with the Law Society of Ireland and practiced in her native Ballina. Michelle chaired the board of Ballina Arts Centre until 2014. She a strong supporter of the arts in and especially enjoys theatre and music.

Mick Smyth

Mick is Project Manager of Mayo Artsquad, which is based in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Artsquad is a collective of Community Arts workers that aim to promote creative participation across a range of arts and crafts disciplines. This includes visual arts, music, and performance. He is a valued member of the board as he brings a wealth of experience and a broad perspective on the arts as a whole.

Joan Corry

Joan has been a member of the Board of Ballina Arts Centre since the outset of the project in the early 1990s. A teacher by profession, she is an enthusiastic and devoted follower of the Arts. Joan has volunteered her time and energy over many years to aid the success of Ballina Arts Centre.

Gillian Marsh

Gillian is a TV producer and is director of the television production company, GMARSHTV. Established in 1997, it has has grown to become one of Irelands leading Production Companies. Based near Crossmolina in Co. Mayo, the company has built its name producing distinctive television with a rural edge. She is passionate about telling human stories and is a creative and astute communicator.

Des Padden

Des is a Ballina native, he lives and works as an engineer in the locality. He has been involved with Ballina Arts Centre and a highly regarded member of the board. He worked alongside the Ballina Fundraising committee to bring about the redevelopment of the new building at Barrett St. He has been a regular volunteer and a supportive influence over many years.

James Geraghty

James is a well-known and respected businessman in Ballina Town. He operates a chain of pharmacies and health food shops in the region. He holds excellent business and marketing acumen and is strongly linked with the local community.


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  • Registered Address: Ballina Arts Centre CLG., Barrett St. Ballina Co, Mayo.
  • Complaints, feedback and comments should be addressed to : Sean Walsh, Director; Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St. Ballina Co. Mayo.

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