The Arts Council is deeply saddened by the passing of former Director Colm Ó Briain, who was the Director of the Arts Council from 1975 – 1983.
Colm studied law in Dublin at University College and King’s Inns. He was a founder member of Project ’67, a multi- arts project (later Project Arts Centre) and he was a founder of the National Association of Drama for Young People. He worked as a Director and Producer with RTÉ and was Director of Plays and Head of Training at the Abbey Theatre before becoming Director of the Arts Council at the age of thirty-one. He was also special advisor to Ireland's first Minister for the Arts, President Michael D Higgins.
Speaking today, Ms Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council, said: “We offer our sincere sympathy to our colleague Seóna on the death of her father and we extend our condolences to Seóna's mother Muireann, to her sister Aisling and to Colm's extended family and his wide circle of friends and admirers. Colm's life and work had an enduring and positive influence on many aspects of Irish society and we recall his leadership work with the Arts Council with particular affection and pride."
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