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Declan Recks

Declan Recks is a writer and director from Clara, Co. Offaly, with credits to his name such as RTE’s The Clinic, On Home Ground, and Pure Mule and feature films Eden and Three Wise Women.

“Tullamore Community Arts Centre promises to be an exciting focal point for Offaly based Artists and the Arts. I look forward to visiting the Centre in the future to experience the best that Offaly has to offer. It's a credit to all involved that despite the current economic climate they have the vision and commitment to bring a project like this to fruition.”


Daithi Rua
Singer Songwriter

Daithi Rua is an Irish musician and songwriter from County Offaly. Daithi has had many recordings big and small over the years and his songs have also been recorded by some well established acts like The Furey’s and Davey Arthur, Helen Flaherty, Randall Williams to name a few, as well as sharing the stage with performers line Clannad, the Waterboys, Kieran Goss and more.

"Having lived in Tullamore for almost ten years, I know how vibrant a town it is and how much art and music plays a part in that vibrancy. I'm delighted to hear about the arts centre and look forward to maybe performing there some day too"

Eugene O Brien

“I am delighted that North Offaly and Tullamore is going to get an Arts centre. It is so important to have a place where new local work can be promoted and supported. Also it is great to see the emphasis being put on involving the whole community as  the energy, confidence and opportunity that the arts can provide is needed more than ever. Good luck to all involved and I would be happy to get involved in what ever way I can. “

Marina Carr

Marina Carr is an award winning playwright and member of Aosdana who was born in Tullamore. Her award-winning plays—largely poetic tragedies of rural Irish domestic life—have been produced around the world.

“I am thrilled that Tullamore is finally to have it's own community Arts Centre. There is such natural talent in that part of the country. Now finally it will have an outlet. I wish you every success in your new venue and hope to visit and see what ye get up to.”

Neil Delamere

"I’m very much looking forward to the opening of the Tullamore Community Arts Centre. It will provide an outlet for the undoubted creativity in Offaly and surrounds as well as offering a chance for the wider community to experience the arts in new and innovative ways.  I’m assuming Obama will be back to open it."

Neil Donnelly

Born in Tullamore, Neil Donnelly has written extensively for stage, radio and film. His works for theatre include Upstarts (1980), The Silver Dollar Boys (1981), Flying Home (1983), Chalk Farm Blues (1984), Boys of Summer (1985), Blindfold (1986), The Reel McCoy (1989), The and Women Without Men (1995). He received the Harvey's Award for Best Play in 1981 and was the Abbey Theatre's writer-in-association in 1994. He is a member of Aosdana and has just published his first anthology of poetry entitled the Tullamore Train. “Too long overdue”

Seamus Dooley
Irish Secretary of the National Union of Journalists

Séamus Dooley is Irish Secretary of the National Union of Journalists.  From Ferbane, Co Offaly he is a former journalist and began his career with the Tullamore Tribune.

"Given the rich diversity of the artistic scene in Offaly it is hard to believe that Tullamore does not already have an arts centre.
Tullamore Community Arts Centre will enhance the physical and cultural landscape of the county. I commend this exciting, innovative project and look forward with confidence to a new era for the arts in Offaly."

Suzanne Murphy
Operatic and Concert Soprano

Suzanne Murphy began her classical music studies at the Dublin College of Music in 1973.  From there she joined the Irish National Opera Company and then in 1976 the Welsh National Opera Company engaged Ms Murphy as Principal Soprano, a role which led to many acclaimed performances. Her reputation as an international lyric dramatic soprano  has led to distinguised engagements for the English National Opera, Opera North , the Scottish Opera and many performances around the world.

"The Tullamore Community Arts Centre will be a welcome venue for all interested and involved in Arts, Theatre and Music, and will provide a performing platform,  long overdue in this part of the country.  I wish every success to all involved in its creation, and look forward to exciting and innovative performances in the future."