Our Team

Baboró is run by a small team of dedicated people who share a passion to deliver excellent creative experience to our youngest citizens.

Aislinn O'hEocha - Executive Artistic Director

Aislinn joined Baboró in a new role as Executive Artistic Director in 2015. Her broad role means that she oversees all areas of the organisation as well as programming the annual festival in October each year. Her job involves visiting children’s festivals in Ireland and Europe, meeting artists and programmers from all over the world - that’s the best part. Aislinn's passion for children's work began back in 2001 when she worked with Baboró as Venue Manager of the Town Hall Theatre. She built up a wealth of programming, management and marketing experience whilst Artistic Director of The Source Arts Centre, Co. Tipperary and General Manager of glór, Co. Clare. Aislinn is thrilled to be living back in her native Galway in an industry that she adores.

Jennifer Ahern - Producer

A native of Co. Limerick, Jennifer first encountered Baboró when she helped out as a festival volunteer. She has worked with Baboró since 2012, first as Festival Administrator, then as Acting General Manager and was appointed Producer in 2016. Jennifer is a member of Baboró’s core team with responsibility for producing the festival, liaising with visiting companies and filling in endless funding application forms!

Michelle O'Connor - Communications Co-ordinator

Michelle returned to her hometown of Galway in July 2018 to join the Baboró team as communication’s co-ordinator. She has always been passionate about promoting the arts in the west of Ireland. She has worked with various festivals such as the Galway Arts Festival and Galway Film Fleadh over the years, as well as volunteering with Baboró in 2010! It was then she decided to pursue a career in the arts and returned to college in 2011 obtaining a BA in Film and Television from GMIT and an MA in Film Theory from NUI Galway before moving to Dublin in 2015 to begin working with the Irish Film Institute in their marketing and communications department.

Michelle is passionate about design and visual communications and loves finding new ways to inspire and engage with young audiences.

Elaine Donovan - Development Executive

Elaine has joined the Baboró team to help grow and cultivate the existing relationships with our supporters, and to foster new and exciting partnerships with the local business community.
Having recently returned to Ireland after living in Canada for 10 years, this Cork native is thrilled to be making her new home in Galway. After making a change to her career as a graphic designer, Elaine found her true calling in the non-profit sector in Canada where she developed her skills and gained valuable experience in development and fundraising with large national and international charitable organisations. When she moved to Galway, Elaine’s real focus was to work within the arts sector, so she feels very fortunate to have found the perfect fit with Baboró. She is delighted to be working with an organisation with such immense talent, drive and heart.

If you would like to become one of our valued supporters, please feel free to drop Elaine an email at elaine@baboro.ie, and she would be delighted to chat to you!

Peter Shine - Production Assistant

Peter has been working with Baboró since August 2017. In 2012, Peter completed a BA in English, Classics and Theatre in NUIG, before going on to work full time in the arts. Peter has worked with companies including: Fregoli Theatre, Decadent Theatre, and Druid Theatre.

Peter recruits and coordinates volunteers and assists in all production duties, to ensure that the Baboró Festival remains one of the best international arts festivals in Ireland.

Sinéad Wynne - Finance

As a freelance accountant, Sinéad is an important member of the Baboró team, where she works one day per week. Sinéad also assists a number of other well-known organisations across Galway city, including; the Galway Arts Centre, and McCambridges. She received her CPA in the USA, and now has over thirty years’ experience in finance and accounting, and is very familiar with the particular needs of arts organisations, having specialised in the area since 2001.

Baboró is always on the look out for dynamic people who share our passion. If you would like to work with us please tell us why. If you have time to spare, please find out more here. We always have interesting projects on the go!