The Heritage Council has announced the appointment of Virginia Teehan as its new Chief Executive with effect from 1 February 2019, following the retirement of serving Heritage Council Chief Executive, Michael Starrett in January.
Ms Teehan joins the Heritage Council with a wealth of experience, having acted as Director of Cultural Projects at University College Cork, prior to which she served as Director of the Hunt Museum in Limerick. One of Ms Teehan's key tasks as Chief Executive will be to drive the implementation of the Heritage Council's recently launched Strategic Plan, Heritage at the Heart, 2018-2022, which aims to place heritage at the heart of Irish society and decision-making.
As a cultural leader Virginia Teehan has been involved in the inception, management and delivery of a large number of strategic, high profile projects. These include major capital projects in Cork such as The Glucksman Gallery, St. FinBarre's Cathedral Conservation Project, and the restoration of the Crawford Observatory. The Hunt Museum, Limerick, was awarded Irish Museum of the Year during Teehan's tenure as Director. Also while at the Hunt Museum she curated a number of award-winning, exhibitions, including shows celebrating the work of the late Louis le Brocquy, Seán Keating, Roderic O'Conor and Jack B. Yeats. Her more recent work includes curating the major exhibition, The Arts and Crafts Movement, Making it Irish, which was held at the McMullan Museum of Art, Boston College, as part of the 2016 Centenary Commemorations. Teehan was Executive Producer of the documentary film, The Genius of George Boole, narrated by Oscar winning actor, Jeremy Irons. Currently, she is leading a major collaboration between UCC and RTÉ on a major three-part documentary, The Irish Revolution based on the award winning Atlas of the Irish Revolution. This documentary series will be transmitted by RTÉ in February 2019 and narrated by actor Cillian Murphy.
A qualified archivist, Teehan has a strong professional profile. She was appointed by Minister de Valera to the Board of The Heritage Council in 2000-2005 and re-appointed to the Heritage Council Board by Minister Dick Roche from 2005-2008. Minister Heather Humphreys appointed her to The Board of the National Museum of Ireland in 2016.