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Blue Drum

Your Culture, Your Community.

Blue Drum works with family and community groups across the country.

We are a specialist support agency funded by the Family Support Agency to

nurture local arts and cultural work in Family Resource Centres.  Established

a decade ago, Blue Drum is a not-for-profit company with a voluntary board

and part time employed Core Group with specific project briefs.

About us

Ed Carroll is a Director and Project Leader (Organisation) works with others in an imaginary space where culture, politics and community collide. He was part of the Civil Arts Inquiry team established by City Arts, Dublin (2003-2007) and Chair of Kaunas Biennial (2009). In 2010 he received a Lithuanian National Research Award and is currently studying the culture of the Baltic Region at the Department of Social and Political Theory. He lives between Kaunas and Dublin.


Eleanor Phillips is a Project Leader for the Initiators in Community Arts, the US Exchange Residency and BUD. She is an artist who has worked within the community sector for more than two decades.  She studied sculpture in NCAD and has an MA in Art in Public from the University of Ulster. She is particularly interested in how the processes of art can affect change in structures of power.


Gillian Keogan has worked with Blue Drum since 2005 and is our Projects Support Leader.  Previously she worked with Music Network for a number of years as an arts administrator. She holds an NUI  

Maynooth Certificate in Community Develpment and Leadership Skiills from CAFTA, Ballymun. She believes that everyone has creative power to transform their own lives and that of their community.



Mark McCollum is a Director and Chair of the Board and co-ordinates The Voice of Older People, Donegal, a network organization advocating creatively on behalf of older people. He is an experienced actor, as well as community drama and Forum Theatre practitioner.  His is happiest working with productions addressing issues from bullying, domestic violence, sectarianism, to the stigma associated with mental health.  




Mick Daly is a Director and Member of the Board. He works in Limerick.....  She is a committed community drama practitioner when he is not working in his day job with the Health Service Executive in Limerick. 




Margot Kenny is Project Leader for the 2nd edition of the Artizen School and pilot Family Resource Centre Showcase called We Are Family. Margot has extensive experience in Youth Arts and coordinated the National Youth Arts Programme.  She is a strong advocate for the value of participation in the arts to young people. An example of her recent project work is:  (TBI)



Mark McCollumMary Doheny is a Director and Company Secretary. She is a community worker and coordinates the Priorswood Community

Development Project on Dublin's Northside.





Neil O’Flanagan is a Blue Drum associate and has experience in both planning and cultural heritage, including regeneration projects, town extensions, and environmental impact assessments in Ireland and the UK.  Neil holds a doctorate in Urban Research, and an MSc in Spatial Planning, and has published regularly.  He is a member of the Irish Planning Institute and the Institute of Archaeology of Ireland.



Lorena Zanoni-Brun is Blue Drum's graphic designer and web programme who has develop our new house style. 






Rina Whyte is Project Leader for Communications and Development.  She has over 13 years experience in Project Management in the creative industry working both in private enterprise and Local Authorities. Most recently she held the position of Public Art Co ordinator in Kildare County Council with responsibility for all aspects of the Public Art Programme and in policy preparation.  She is our Project Leader for Communications and Development.




Roisín Markham is our Associate from Wexford. Her reative practice is focused on creativity in context, organisational and community development and communication skills. She develops projects, events, training and facilitation in different sectors; arts, not for profit, etc. She has worked for Gorey Town Council, Cottage Autism Network, Rathfarnham Educate Together National School, Wexford County Council Arts Department and Community & Enterprise Department, She is an artist; painting handmade textiles, photography and digital prints who developed a socially engaged practice since 2007.


Mark McCollum Sally-Anne Reilly is our associate from Dublin who is a community artist experienced in engagement, training, group facilitation and production of projects in sensitive environments.  Her background in broadcast and community film making shows her passion both for stories and helping people to tell theirs in the most creative way. 




The St. Louis Consortium is working on the new residency exchange with Blue Drum in 2011. The first part of the exchange takes place when artists Robert Longyear and Lyndsey Scott take up residency in a Family Resource Centre in May and June respectively.  Later in the year there will also be a return visit from the Irish side.  The members of the Consortium are Roseann Weiss (Regional Arts Council, St. Louis), Boo McLaughlin (Craft Alliance), Eamonn Wall (Smurfit-Stone Prof. of Irish Studies). The group is coordinated by Con Christeson who in 2011 became  a Board member of Blue Drum. 


Contact us

Contact Details

Main office  

The Outreach Centre,
Clonshaugh Drive,

Dublin 17.
Tel: 01 877 1446

email: bluedrum@ireland.com


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