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Meet the Board of Edinburgh`s Festival of Ireland

Willie Haines - Chair

Willie is a retired accountant, business person and professional musician. While living in London, he played with the Irish group Shegui, with whom he recorded an album and toured Europe, the UK and Ireland. A player of concertina, whistle and guitar, Willie can still be heard around the Edinburgh informal session scene. He retains a close interest in Irish affaires through friends, holidays and cultural connections in Ireland. He also organises projects related to folk and traditional arts

Neil Palmer - Treasurer

After gaining a degree at the School of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University as a mature student, Neil studied cultural connections between Scotland, Ireland and the USA in the Appalachian Mountains. As an unaccompanied singer of traditional ballads, contemporary songs and music hall ditties, Neil is a `weel-kent` face in the local Folk Music scene. He is active in community groups including the South Side Heritage Group. Neil is well versed in Edinburgh`s history and geography, and has a keen interest in transport issues.

Jennifer Roxburgh - Board Secretary and PR

Jennifer is the Artistic Director of Scotland`s Award Winning Irish Dancers Siamsoir and founder of The Irish Dance Academy. Jennifer also has extensive experience of Governance and working in the Third and Voluntary Sectors.  With classes in Dance Base, Red Flame Dance, Edinburgh University and growing classes at the Academy, Siamsoir`s unique and enjoyable style of Performance Irish Dance is prolific in Edinburgh and the Lothians, since 2007. Siamsoir offers its pupils great opportunities as well as dance. experiences.

Terry Magill - Board Member

Terry Magill was born and grew up in Lurgan, County Armagh. After a spell working in England, he moved to Edinburgh in 1990 and worked in the Scotch Whisky business.  For the last ten years Terry and his wife Alison have owned of the Dalriada on Portobello beach.  The Dalriada (named after the ancient maritime kingdom with roots in both Ireland and Scotland) is an active quality community bar with a focus on live music.  Terry is also involved in the Portobello & Craigmillar `St Patrick`s Day Pageant`

Andy Mason - Board Member

Andy Mason was born in Limerick and has lived in Edinburgh for over ten years. Andy is a keen hurling fan and continues to highlight that Limerick are the current Munster Hurling Champions. Andy is a member of the Edinburgh Festival of Ireland Board and is heavily involved in the organisation of the festivals `St Patrick`s Day Pageant` which will be held in Portobello on the 15th of March.

Katie Yule - Board Member

Katie has just joined the Board.  More details - and a photo - to come soon!