ONE of West Limerick’s highest-profile volunteers, Sheila O’Regan, has been appointed to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
But her appointment has been overshadowed by the controversy over Fine Gael’s Seanad-candidate, John McNulty, who was also appointed to the IMMA board last month but resigned within a fortnight.
Mr McNulty withdrew from the Seanad by-election this week.
Ms O’Regan was unwilling to speak to the Limerick Leader this week about her own appointment, although that appointment is not controversial.
Ms O’Regan, who lives in Ardagh with her husband Willie, brings to the appointment a lifetime’s association with the arts, history, cultural and heritage matters and a dedicated promotion of the arts.
She holds an MA in Local History from UL and has recently taken over as secretary of the Rathkeale Historical Society.
She is an avid attender at historical lectures and events, is a regular concert attender and is deeply interested in literature and drama. She is also a long-time member of a book club in Newcastle West and is a past member of the Newcastle West Arts Committee.
Mrs O’Regan has also been deeply involved with the Ardagh Voluntary Housing Association and has served on a county-wide voluntary housing body.
However, she is perhaps best known for her role as a presenter on West Limerick 102 Community Radio where she is the anchor woman three days a week on the radio’s magazine and current affairs programme.