Dunphy takes helm at Cork Jazz Festival

Dunphy takes helm at Cork Jazz Festival

Sinead Dunphy: New jazz festival director.

THE Cork Guinness Jazz Festival programme director Jack McGouran will not be involved in this year's festival.

Mr McGouran, who has worked with the festival in a variety of capacities for the past two decades, is to be replaced by a new Festival Director, Sinead Dunphy, who is also manager of the Cork Choral Festival.

Ms Dunphy said she was thrilled to be appointed to the new role. 

“With the success of the festival over its 40-year history, Guinness has developed this new role to oversee the business organisation and artistic development of the Festival," she said.

“With Guinness’ unwavering support and desire for the Festival to continue to flourish, my appointment is an exciting one whereby we, as the organisers, wish to ensure the heart of Cork and Jazz are at the forefront of the festival’s priorities.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to enter a role standing upon the shoulders of giants of those who have contributed to its long-standing success. We look forward to enriching its future with exciting plans already in train”.

Deirdre Smith, from the Dublin public relations firm Quest PR, told the Evening Echo that Mr McGouran was currently ill and would not be making any comment his departure.

Last year’s Jazz Festival, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the festival, was a huge success with an emphasis placed on family events as well as the more traditional nighttime experiences that the festival offers.

More than 40,000 people descended onto the streets of Cork over the October Bank Holiday weekend.

Tony Sheehan, artistic director of the Triskel Arts Centre, one of the festival’s headline venues said the departure of Mr McGouran from the festival was a surprise.

“I have worked with Jack and Deirdre over many years and always appreciated their hearts were invested in jazz music even as they were faced with many challenges. It has been great to work with them both and their departure has come as a surprise.” 

Looking to the future, Mr Sheehan said he has high hopes for the new programme director, Sinead Dunphy.

 “I hope the new Director does great things for Jazz in Cork and for our part Triskel will continue our commitment to programme the best in Irish and international jazz artists all year round.”

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