Pádraig Clancy is Product Development Officer with Fáilte Ireland’s Attractions Division. Working with visitor attractions and strategic partners such as the OPW, Pádraig supports the development of visitor experiences throughout Ireland via sector development initiatives and capital investment programmes. Prior to his appointment with Fáilte Ireland in 2019, he was founder and director of Dog Bird Projects, an interpretive planning and museum consultancy. In this role he assisted community groups, established museums and organisations entering the visitor experience sector. Specialising in collection care, strategic policy and visitor engagement, Pádraig led projects for a wide range of clients including 14 Henrietta Street, Hunt Museums Trust, the Central Bank, Irish Stock Exchange and Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
Having worked in the museum sector for almost two decades, Pádraig has curated numerous collections and play a key role in developing policies around as museum accreditation suitability, visitor engagement strategies, governance and day to day operational management of attractions. Passionate about exhibitions, Pádraig has worked with projects of varying scale from displays of prehistoric objects and life size Irish High Cross Replicas, to the large scale exhibitions such as the National Museum of Ireland’s Decade of Commemorations exhibition Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising. From 2006 to 2011, he was Assistant Keeper in the National Museum of Ireland’s Irish Antiquities Division. Pádraig is a Director of Archaeological Excavations, with over twenty one years’ experience working with companies such as Courtney Deery Heritage Consultancy on developer-led rescue excavations and cultural heritage projects. He holds a BA (Archaeology and English) and a MA (Archaeology) from NUIG and H.Dip in Computer Science from DBS.
Pádraig was co-opted to the IMA Board of Directors in January 2022.