Sharon Rollston

Sharon Rollston

Chief Executive

Sharon leads the implementation of Music Network’s strategic plan, and manages the organisation’s operation.

Sharon’s role includes Artistic Direction, leading the implementation of organisational policy and programmes, fundraising, management and development of relationships with strategic local partners and key external bodies at national level, and financial and general management of the organisation. With over 15 years of experience working in Ireland’s cultural sector, Sharon's previous positions include Touring and Outreach Manager at Moving on Music Ltd. and Education Programme Manager at the Crafts Council of Ireland, before joining Music Network initially as Performance Programmes Manager and later serving as Acting CEO.

Deirdre Moynihan

Deirdre Moynihan

Programmes Manager

Deirdre is responsible for Music Network’s National Touring Programme and associated audience and promoter development initiatives.

She plays a key role in programming and curating work, and designing programmes for Music Network. Alongside managing artist liaison, artist support schemes and special projects she also focuses on building and maintaining relationships with cultural organisations and other stakeholders.

Deirdre holds a B.Eng (UCC) and an M.A. in vocal performance (CIT CSM). She has performed extensively on the national and international stage as a soprano soloist, professional choral singer and also as a traditional violinist and singer. She is the inspiration behind the popular choral website, Choirs Can. As both a performer and project curator across a wide range of genres, she has managed many tours and projects within Ireland and abroad. With experience on both sides of the performance platform, Deirdre brings a wealth of expertise to the role of Programmes Manager.

Andreas Ziemons

Andreas Ziemons

Operations Administrator

Andreas supports the planning and delivery of Music Network's programmes and coordinates operations in our busy office.

Andreas studied classical singing at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in his home town of Düsseldorf, and holds a Degree in Musical Stage Performance from the Bavarian Theatre Academy in Munich. He has over 25 years’ experience in Musical, Opera and Concert performance in Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Italy and Ireland. Andreas joined the Music Network team in 2007 and is currently Operations Administrator, assisting in the planning and delivery of Music Network Programmes and supporting the work of the Programmes Manager and the Communications team in sustaining positive working relationships with promoters and other key stakeholders.

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Sarah Ledwidge

Sarah Ledwidge

Programmes Administrator

Sarah works with the Programmes Manager to support the effective planning, delivery and management of Music Network’s programmes.

With a particular focus on music education initiatives and audience development, Sarah’s role includes engaging and supporting musicians, promoters and other stakeholders. Sarah holds a MMus in vocal performance from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, a BMus(Hons) 1st class from Birmingham Conservatoire, and is currently
completing a PhD on Shakespeare and Music. As a former member of Chamber Choir Ireland, vocal tutor at DKIT and vocal team leader for Music Generation, Sarah has thirteen years of experience in the fields of music performance and music education.

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Sarah Cunningham

Sarah Cunningham

Music Capital Scheme Administrator (P/T)

Sarah works with the Programmes Manager to ensure the efficient management of the Music Capital Scheme.

The Scheme provides support for the purchase of musical instruments across the country, and Sarah’s role includes facilitating the annual application and assessment processes, as well as contributing to overall analysis and development.

Sarah graduated from National University of Ireland Maynooth with BMus and MA (Computer Music) degrees. She has worked previously at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and as the Coordinator of the Outreach Programme at Waltons New School of Music. In addition to her work with Music Network, she also teaches piano, theory and musicianship at Waltons New School of Music. Having sung previously with the NUI Maynooth Choral Society, the Maynooth Gospel Choir and the Park Singers, she now sings with the award-winning Cuore Chamber Choir.

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Muireann Sheahan

Muireann Sheahan

Communications Manager (P/T)

Muireann is responsible for the development of Music Network’s marketing, public relations and development strategies.

Muireann graduated from DIT Conservatory of Music with a BMus in music performance, and holds an MA in Arts Administration and Contemporary Music Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Over eleven years in London she worked with Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as with award-winning design agency 300million. Back home in Dublin she has worked as Marketing Manager with The Ark and as Communications Manager with Poetry Ireland. Muireann is a keen clarinetist and performs with Dublin Concert Band and the Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra.

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Holly Ní Ghráda

Holly Ní Ghráda

PR & Marketing Officer

Working closely with the Communications Manager, Holly drives Music Network’s strategic communications campaigns.

Having worked in one of Ireland's leading PR agencies before taking up her position at Music Network, Holly has an excellent sense of the media landscape, both traditional and new. Holly’s experience lies across many sectors including travel, tourism, arts and culture, and she has delivered media relations and digital campaigns for arts and family-friendly festivals. She holds a BA in An Ghaeilge agus na Meáin Úra/Irish and New Media from University of Limerick and an MA in PR with New Media from Cork Institute of Technology. With experience in television and media production, Holly uses her skills to tell important stories about the community around her. Coming from a musical background and having grown up in Cúil Aodha, Gaeltacht Mhúscraí in Cork, music, language and culture plays an important role in Holly’s everyday life.

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Catherine Hearn

Catherine Hearn

Development Officer

Catherine is a Fundraising Ireland Fellow and is responsible for fundraising and capacity building.

Catherine works with Music Network's staff and stakeholders to generate revenue through engagement initiatives and relationship development. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in English Literature and German and went on to intern at the Lilliput Press in Dublin 7, before moving to New York to begin work with MUNE, a start-up that delivers live-music meditations to workplaces and festivals. She returned from the US in March 2020, and began her position with Music Network shortly afterwards. Having worked across the fields of literature, theatre, education and live music, Catherine is a passionate advocate for the importance of arts and culture in society. If you are interested in supporting Music Network in any capacity, or in partnering with us on new projects, she would love to hear from you.

Catherine's role is supported by Business to Arts and the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht.

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Dolores Madigan

Finance Manager (P/T)

Dolores is responsible for the effective management of all financial aspects of the organisation.

Dolores holds a BBS from University of Limerick and is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She has worked for the last 30 years in Ireland and the UK, in banking, construction and retail. Her wide-ranging experience and professional approach are central to supporting the implementation of the organisation’s strategic plan.


Michael D. Higgins

President of Ireland

Music Network Board of Directors

Pat Moylan


Pat Moylan is a theatre producer with a remarkable record of achievement over two decades nationally and internationally.

As a former Chair of the Arts Council, Pat is a tireless advocate on behalf of the arts and has undertaken a number of major initiatives which have had a lasting positive impact, in particular in the areas of audience development, regional touring, and fundraising and capacity-building.

As a theatre producer, Pat’s work has received critical acclaim in Ireland and throughout the world including in London's West End and on Broadway. Awards for her productions include an Olivier and two Tony nominations. Her most recent production was the highly-acclaimed show Angela’s Ashes – the Musical.

Her other current directorships include membership of the board of Dublin Theatre Festival. She is a member of International Women’s Forum and holds a diploma in History of Fine Art from IPAV.

Appointed 01/01/2021

Neil Martin

Neil Martin is a composer from Belfast whose work has been performed across the world from Ground Zero to Mostar Bridge and the Royal Albert Hall, as well as being played on the International Space Station.

As a producer, arranger and musician, Neil has contributed to over 100 albums and has performed in international venues, such as Carnegie Hall and Palazzo Vecchio.

In 2014, the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, invited Neil to perform, arrange and conduct music for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall to mark his historic state visit.

Along with the iconic dancer and choreographer, Jean Butler, Neil has created a duet for solo dancer and cellist titled this is an Irish dance. All performances sold out prior to the show’s opening in NYC in November 2015.

, a song Neil co-wrote with Brendan Graham (author of You Raise Me Up), topped the World Music charts in 2011.

In 2013, the BBC (NI) produced and aired a 30 minute TV documentary on Neil’s life and career.

Neil directs national workshops in composition and performance for Music Generation and was also Choral Director for a children’s TV series in the USA for the Jim Henson company.

Appointed 01/06/2017

Jenny Sherwin

Jenny Sherwin is the Wicklow County Arts Officer. Wicklow County Arts Office was established as a core service of Wicklow Local Authorities in 1997, to stimulate arts practice in the county and to support artist development.

Much has been achieved in the county since the establishment of the Arts Office to reinforce locally the benefits and the merits of arts practice and participation.

Appointed 01/06/2017

Shirley Kavanagh

Shirley Kavanagh started her career with and subsequently spent 15 years with the AXA Group where she held a number of senior roles, both strategic and operational, culminating in an appointment as an Executive Director of the Axa Group in Ireland.

In 2000 Shirley embarked on a consulting career working across cultures internationally. Client work included organisations in the Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Technology, Telecoms and Financial Services sectors. Shirley worked with both Leaders and Teams to implement Change and improve performance in their organisations. Her specific areas of expertise are Strategic Talent Management, Organisational and Leadership Development, Culture and Change management.

From 2012 to 2014 Shirley was Head of Talent and Organisation Development with the Central Bank of Ireland. This was a significant period of change for the Bank and her role was to drive that change across the Bank.

In 2014 she was appointed Global Head of Talent and Organisation Development and a member of the Group Executive team at UDG Healthcare plc. This company is a global service provider to the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare industry. Her role is to devise Talent strategies to ensure that the organisation has the capability to deliver their strategic objectives. In addition, Shirley is responsible for leadership development for senior leaders, cultural interventions to create a values based culture and employee engagement initiatives.

Shirley has an M.A. (History) from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc. (Management Science) from the University of Leicester. She is also an alumna of IMD Lausanne and Harvard Executive Education Business School.

Re-Appointed 29/05/2019

Anna Lardi Fogarty

Anna Lardi Fogarty was born in Switzerland. She holds a Teaching Diploma and an Honours BA in Humanities with focus on Art History.

Following a period of teaching and studying in Switzerland, she moved to Ireland in 1995 where she worked for some years in language tuition and as a session musician on the Galway band circuit. She ran Galway Language Centre from 2002 to 2003, and then moved to Music for Galway in 2003, where she is now Executive Director.

She has seen Music for Galway through the challenges of recession and through the change in artistic directorship from Jane O’Leary to Finghin Collins. In recent years the focus has been the preparation of the main pillars of the classical music programme for Galway 2020 including the creation of CELLISSIMO, a major nine-day international cello festival in Galway City and County, which is intended to be presented every three years.

She served on the board of the Galway Arts Centre from 2008 to 2012. In 2014, being the sole representative of classical music on the advisory panel to the Galway ECOC bid team, she co-founded the Galway ECOC Music Interest Group, a group of organisations and people who got together with a view to ensuring that music programming would be at the centre of the Galway ECOC bid and to champion for proper infrastructure for music in Galway.

This group has now become the Galway Music Centre Facility Advisory, which Anna Lardi Fogarty chairs.

Reappointed 29/06/2019

Cathal Cusack FCCA CTA

Cathal is a partner in Cusack Garvey, Chartered Certified Accountants. It focuses on providing “big firm advice in a small firm environment” and the firm is the Irish accounting representative of MSI Global Alliance.

Cathal is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a Registered Auditor and a Chartered Tax Adviser. He undertakes one off projects, tax strategies & planning, tax solutions and assurance for business and individuals.

With over 30 years’ experience in practice in both Ireland and the UK, Cathal’s range of expertise includes advising individuals and business owners on the tax impact of decisions, tax planning for non-resident individuals, the financial and exit plans of businesses, acquisitions, disposals, succession and retirement planning.

Cathal is passionate about music and previously served on the board of Newpark Music Centre.

Appointed 15/11/2019

Carl Corcoran

Carl Corcoran’s music career started in the mid 70s when under the moniker of Jamie Stone he recorded three albums for EMI that featured original material and collaborations with various co-writers.

In the late 70s he moved to New York, where for twenty years he pursued a career in songwriting, publishing, management and performance. He also developed a passion for radio, which he continued on his return to Ireland in 1999, presenting shows on RTÉ Lyric fm and RTÉ Radio 1 including The Lyric Breakfast and the acclaimed late-night programme The Blue of The Night, until his retirement from RTÉ in 2017.

A graduate of the MA in Community Music at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Carl cemented his relationship with Limerick University when in 2017 he was invited to be the Course Director for the inaugural year of the MA in Songwriting at the Academy, his Alma Mater.

Appointed 24/09/2019

Orla Moloney

Orla is Executive Director at Project Arts Centre, a busy multi-disciplinary arts centre in Dublin City Centre.

Previously, in her role as Head of Arts Participation with the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealíon (2007 - 2013), she led out on the development of new Arts Council policies in the areas of Cultural Diversity, Arts and Disability, and Arts and Health. Orla has extensive experience in arts management, research, policy development, and evaluation. As well as her work as an independent arts consultant, she has worked in senior management roles such as Director of Age & Opportunity's Bealtaine Festival and Acting Director of Droichead Arts Centre in Drogheda. Orla was Regional Development Manager with Music Network from 1995 to 1999. She has served on the Boards of Dance Limerick, Create, and Barnstorm Theatre Company.