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Official Opening of 42nd Clifden Arts Festival
Official Opening of 42nd Clifden Arts Festival by Kevin Rafter, Chair of the Arts Council
Prof. Kevin Rafter was appointed Chair of the Arts Council in June 2019. He is Head of the School of Communications at Dublin City University and is the author/ editor of over a dozen books on Irish media and politics. Kevin is an experienced, independent, non-executive director with significant governance, stakeholder and communications expertise. He has a strong track record of regulatory oversight in the broadcast, legal and financial sectors. He was previously a board member of Dublin Bus, Oxfam Ireland and the Galway International Arts Festival and also served as Chair of Culture Ireland. He is also currently Chairperson of the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
Prior to 2008, Kevin worked as a senior political journalist with the Irish Times, the Sunday Times and the Sunday Tribune. While working for RTÉ, he presented several flagship radio programmes including This Week, Morning Ireland and the News at One, in addition to working as a correspondent for Prime Time. His academic qualifications include a BA (Mod) and MLitt in economics, an MA and PhD in political science and a Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance.
Shuttle Bus departs Clifden Library every 15 minutes from 6:15 pm
ADMISSION | FREE