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Limerick woman Maeve McGrath named as new programme director of Galway Film Fleadh Limerick woman Maeve McGrath named as new programme director of Galway Film Fleadh

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Limerick woman Maeve McGrath named as new programme director of Galway Film Fleadh

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Maeve McGrath pictured above will bring a breadth of experience and creativity to the role. Picture: Aidan O’Connor

Maeve McGrath completed her Masters in Media Studies at Mary I/UL in 2015 graduating with her thesis, Irish Short Film: The Road To Oscar

Maeve McGrath, Kerry film festival 2016
Maeve McGrath pictured at Kerry Film Festival in 2016

Galway Film Fleadh has named Limerick lady Maeve McGrath as new programme Director.

Galway Film Fleadh has announced the appointment of Maeve McGrath as the new Director of Programming, taking over from Will Fitzgerald. McGrath will be responsible for curating the festival’s annual line-up. 

Maeve McGrath is a festival programmer and producer having previously worked as Artistic Director of Kerry International Film Festival, producer at Carlow Arts Festival and joint short film programmer at the Dublin International Film Festival. 


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Maeve is embedded in community arts practice with The GAFF in Limerick where she recently curated a community audio/visual project, ’Tiny Little Histories’ and she produced ‘TravFest,’ a Traveller Wellness Festival as part of Guth na Mincéirí. Maeve completed her Masters in Media Studies at Mary I/UL in 2015 graduating with her thesis, Irish Short Film: The Road To Oscar which followed the route of Irish short films to the Academy Awards.

Maeve said, “It is an honour to be joining the brilliant team at the Galway Film Fleadh. The Fleadh has a very special place on the film festival circuit both nationally and internationally and I am delighted to be part of the team that will programme the 35th edition of the festival.”

Annie Doona, Chair of the Galway Film Fleadh, said: “On behalf of the Board of Galway Film Fleadh I am delighted to welcome Maeve McGrath as Director of Programming saying, “Maeve brings a breadth of experience and creativity to the role and we look forward to working with her as we prepare for an exciting Fleadh 2023.”

Maeve added, “It is an honour to be joining the brilliant team at the Galway Film Fleadh. The Fleadh has a very special place on the film festival circuit both nationally and internationally and I am delighted to be part of the team that will programme the 35th edition of the festival.

I have always loved watching films, since I was a child queueing outside the Royal Cinema in Limerick to see the latest release. There is something very comforting in settling into a cinema seat and letting a film take you on a journey. To work in the film festival world is a joy for me and I look forward to being part of the continued growth of the Galway Film Fleadh and supporting the development of both emerging and established film makers.” Congrats Maeve!

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