Aibhlín McCrann was reappointed Deputy Chairman of the Arts Council in October 2011 and has been an Arts Council member since February 2006. A graduate of University College Dublin, she is a director of Communiqué International, one of Ireland’s leading communications consultancies where she specialises in facilitation and stakeholder engagement with a wide range of organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She has a long standing association with both classical and traditional music as a solo harper and ensemble musician, with extensive radio, television and recording experience.
As a former director of the internationally acclaimed Festival for Irish harp, An Chúirt Chruitireachta, and secretary of Cairde na Cruite (Friends of the Harp) for more than twenty years, she has successfully worked to integrate and promote the Irish harp in mainstream Irish traditional music. A fluent Irish speaker, she has written, performed, and lectured extensively on the Irish harp in Ireland, Europe and the US. She served on the board of the Irish Traditional Music Archive 2002–2005.