Irish Museums Trust
Fundúireacht Iarsmalanna na hÉireann
c/o National Botanic Gardens
Dublin 9

Current Board

Pat Cooke (Chairman)

Pat spent the first part of his career as director of both the Pearse Museum and Kilmainham Gaol on behalf of the Office of Public Works. He was chairman of the Irish Museums Association (2002-06). From 2006-20 he was director of the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management at UCD. After retiring in 2020, he published The Politics and Polemics of Culture in Ireland, 1800-2010, a major study of the history and evolution of cultural institutions and arts and cultural policies in Ireland. He has been a member of the Irish Museum Trust Board since 2016 and Chairman since 2020.

Marion Cashman B Arch, RIAI. 

Marion is an architect and retired from full time practice in 1999.

1988 – 1999 Consultant Architect with Sheehan & Barry Architects.

1983 – 1988 Architect with Elsom Pack & Roberts London

1976 – 1983 Architect with Patrick Rooney & Associates, Dublin

1972 – 1976 Architect with Robinson Keefe & Devane, Dublin

B Arch Hons University College Dublin 1972

Former Board Member Irish Georgian Society Foundation

Editor of the 50th Anniversary book for the Irish Georgian Society 2008

Set up the IGS Conservation Award.

Editor of Russborough for the Alfred Beit Foundation

Assisted Robert O Byrne author with information for the book Luggala Days

Arthur Duff

Arthur is an architect and designer practicing and teaching in Ireland and India. Arthur is a council member and former president of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and a former Council member of the RDS. Arthur is a council member and former president of the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland and a member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.

Dr Georgina Jackson

Georgina is the director of The Douglas Hyde Gallery of Contemporary Art at Trinity College Dublin. 

Prior to this she was the Director of Exhibitions & Programs at Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, Toronto, and has held curatorial roles at The Hugh Lane, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and The Mattress Factory Art Museum in Pittsburgh. She has commissioned new work by artists including Bassam Issa Al-Sabah, Deanna Bowen, Duane Linklater, Jumana Manna, Garrett Phelan and Alice Rekab. She has partnered with the Toronto International Film Festival, Images Festival, the Irish Film Institute and aemi and was a member of the Steering Committee of the National Campaign for the Arts from 2018-2022. She completed her practice-based PhD through the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin, and has taught at the University of Toronto, the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire and the National College of Art & Design.

Marie McMahon

Marie is the managing curator of Tipperary County Councils Museum Service, with over 21 year’s diverse experience. 

Marie joined the board of the Irish Museums Trust in 2021 and is a strong advocator for the Irish museum sector and has cultivated effective skills in strategic planning and policy making. Marie has project managed and led many innovative, economic and cultural tourism projects, such as the redevelopment and interpretation of the Tipperary Museum’s collection, in association with Tipperary County Council and Fáilte Ireland. She was appointed Designated Curator by the Director of National Museum of Ireland and is the current Chairperson of the Local Authority Museums Network. 

Marie’s primary Degree is in Fashion Design and Art History, Certificates in Project Management, Women in Leadership, Tourism Business Practice, Facilitation and Developmental Community Arts. Marie is also a board member of the Irish Museums Association.