Anne O’Leary | Acting Chair and Treasurer
Anne O’Leary holds a B.A. in English Literature and Art History from University College Dublin and an M.A. in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama also from UCD. She works as a freelance non-fiction writer and copy editor and her book reviews and opinion pieces appear regularly in Books Ireland magazine as well as online sites: www.writing.ie and www.reviewsgate.com
Anne is also very active in the Irish arts and cultural community and is currently a member of the award committee for the Carousel Aware Prize for independent Authors. She is Audience Development advisor for Strokestown International Poetry Festival, held annually and she serves on their voluntary committee also.
Jessica Fahy | Events Officer
Jessica Fahy is a freelance art historian who has been teaching and researching European Art History for over ten years. She teaches art history courses for UCD Access & Lifelong Learning, the National Gallery of Ireland’s Community Outreach Programme as well as other lectures and talks for the gallery and she is on the panel of lecturers for the Hugh Lane Gallery. Jessica also runs her own courses, leads art history tours and trips and gives talks for both public and private events. Jessica has a MLitt in Art History from UCD where she also received her undergraduate degree with English as her joint major. She completed her MA in Italian Renaissance Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London in 2007. Her website address is www.jessicafahyarthistorian.com.
Emily Glynn-Farrell | Secretary
Emily is an art historian and archaeologist currently living and working in Venice. After completing a Masters in Art History at UCD, she worked for national institutions such as the National Gallery of Ireland and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Her passion and enthusiasm for all things art related started at a young age and was the driving force behind getting involved with the Irish Association of Art Historians. She currently lives in Venice where she is an intern at the prestigious Peggy Guggenheim Collection. As well as being an active IAAh member, she also writes and runs a historical blog, Fringe Rebels, which highlights the lives of alternative historical figures from history.
Leslie O’Connor Turner | Ordinary Member
Leslie O’Connor Turner is a Biomedical Scientist by profession and a graduate of NCI, DIT and UCD. She completed a BA in Art History in Italian in UCD in 2010 which was followed by an MA in Art History and Cultural Policy in 2011 (UCD). She was the recipient of a bursary from the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Dublino which allowed her to travel and study in the Veneto region.
Research from her thesis formed the basis for an article published in Artefact 2013 which examines the potential links between the architecture of Palladio and a sixteenth-century illuminated manuscript from Padua, illustrated by Benedetto Bordon, in the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.
Leslie has experience managing Art History trips in Ireland, France and Italy. Her special interests include illuminated manuscripts, Italian Renaissance art, Etruscan archaeology and Irish art. Leslie currently advises private clients seeking to enhance their art collections.