DCCoI hosts Annual General Meeting and launches the organisation’s Annual Report 2017

Posted 15.06.18

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) took place on Wednesday 13 June 2018 at DIT Grangegorman, Dublin.

The attending representatives of DCCoI’s member organisations were welcomed by DCCoI Chair Breege O’Donoghue who presented the Directors’ Report for the year ended 31 December 2017. George Kennington of Crowe Horwath presented the Auditors’ Report for 2017 and the Audited Accounts were formally adopted.

DCCoI’s Annual Report 2017, which is now available to download or to view on ISSUU, contains updates on activities across the organisation and the financial statements for the year. Chief Executive Karen Hennessy presented an update on highlights of activities during 2017. Selected highlights included:

  • The success of Showcase and the delivery of international previews in Paris and Chicago in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland and the Embassy network
  • The publication of Ireland – the Design Island: a consultation paper towards a National Design Strategy in February 2017
  • The presentation of Irish design and craft in the renowned Design à Vivre area at Maison et Objet in Paris in January and in the prestigious Accent on Design® area at NY NOW® in New York in August
  • A visit of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to DCCoI’s Centre of Excellence in Ceramics in May
  • The National Design and Craft Gallery in Kilkenny hosting a series of high-quality exhibitions throughout the year, showcasing Irish and international work
  • Ongoing development of DesignIreland.ie, the online platform showcasing Irish design and craft and connecting audiences all over the world with Ireland’s makers, their studios and their inspiration
  • The official launch of the OPTIMISE Design Ireland programme in partnership with the IE Domain Registry and the Local Enterprise Offices in November
  • DCCoI’s collaboration with the Local Enterprise Offices on delivering an accelerated Smart Exporter Programme to a group of design and craft businesses
  • The 2015 – 2017 cohort of students graduating from DCCoI’s Centre of Excellence in Jewellery and Goldsmithing and presenting their work in Lustre, their graduate exhibition at the National Design & Craft Gallery


Dr Audrey Whitty, Keeper, Art & Industrial Division, National Museum of Ireland presented on the Contemporary Collection of Design & Applied Arts in the National Museum of Ireland (NMI) from 2000 to the present day. This captivating presentation featured much of the work of Irish designers and makers which has been acquired by the museum under the Contemporary Collection of Design & Craft which is jointly funded by NMI and DCCoI.

The election for positions on the DCCoI Board of Directors also took place at the AGM. The DCCoI Board is made up of a total of 12 directors – four directors (including the Chair) appointed by the Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation and eight directors elected by the member organisations. Each position is for a term of three years, with a maximum of two terms of three years.

This year DCCoI had a total of 3 positions to fill through the election by member organisations – the terms of Mary Palmer, Ray Power and Rachel Quinn came to an end at the AGM, with both Mary Palmer and Rachel Quinn going forward as candidates for re-election for a second term. The term of Ministerial appointee Stephen Hughes of Enterprise Ireland comes to an end on 26 June 2018 and the announcement of his successor on the DCCoI Board is pending with the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation.

DCCoI member organisations were each invited to propose candidates, with all paid-up member organisations entitled to one vote. There were five nominees for the election, each of whom was invited to address the audience for three minutes.  The nominees were:

  1. Patrick McHugh, nominated by the Council of Irish Fashion Designers
  2. Mary Palmer, nominated by Cork Textiles Network
  3. Donagh Quigley, nominated by Louth Craftmark Designers Network
  4. Rachel Quinn, nominated by Made in Sligo
  5. Chupi Sweetman, nominated by Filament Fibre Artists

This was followed by the voting process and the three Board members elected were:

  1. Mary Palmer*
  2. Donagh Quigley
  3. Rachel Quinn*

(*Re-elected for a second term)

Breege O’Donoghue congratulated the elected Board members, saying she very much looked forward to their contribution to the Board and to working with them as DCCoI continues to deliver on the organisation’s current strategy.  

Download DCCoI’s Annual Report 2017 in English and as Gaeilge

View DCCoI's Annual Report on ISSUU in English and as Gaeilge

< back