We’ve gone through some changes here at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin. As a result our Who’s Who is going through a face lift. Check back soon for a complete and up-to-date list of all the staff of Christ Church.
The Very Reverend Dermot Dunne
The Very Reverend Dermot Dunne is Dean of Christ Church and the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough. Dermot is a native of Mallow Co. Cork; he was ordained deacon in 1983 and Priest in 1984. He is a graduate in philosophy and theology of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and is a Masters graduate of Dublin City University. Dermot served as Dean’s Vicar at Christ Church where he served his title for two and a half years before being appointed incumbent of the Crosspatrick and Carnew group of parishes in the diocese of Ferns. Dermot was appointed to the deanery at Christ Church in May 2008 having served the diocese of Ferns for seven years.
The Reverend Abigail Sines, The Dean’s Vicar Originally from Hampton, Virginia, in the USA, Abigail has lived studied and worked in China, Hawai`i and Belfast before relocating to Dublin to undertake training for ordination at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. Contemplating a vocation for ministry was certainly unexpected turn in life! Abigail’s undergraduate and post-graduate studies were in international relations and Chinese language, and her previous work was for the Hawai`i based East-West Centre, and education and research organisation. There she worked as part of a team organising and facilitating seminar and short courses for professional journalists and young women leaders from around the United States and the Asia Pacific region. Despite greatly enjoying this work she sensed God’s guidance to undertake a course in theological studies in Belfast, for which her dissertation focused on the place of interfaith dialogue in Christian spirituality. It was during this time of study she began to feel a sense of vocation for ordained ministry. Having come from a free church background, she found that quite unexpectedly the path unfolding before her led her into the Church of Ireland and to Dublin for training. As part of her studies, she served her diaconate year in the parish of Glenageary, Co. Dublin, and her academic dissertation focused on the formational and missional aspects of the service of Holy Communion. Abigail was appointed as curate to the Christ Church Cathedral Group of Parishes in 2015 and in 2016 moved into the role of Dean’s Vicar.
Ian Keatley, Organist and Director of Music
Ian is Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral. He is responsible for the direction of the Cathedral’s music, both at the daily choral services and the many diocesan and national occasions which take place there. He directs the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral in its programme of concerts, broadcasts, recordings and tours. Before moving to Dublin in January 2012, Ian was Director of Music at Westminster Abbey Choir School and was previously Deputy Master of Music at the Chapels Royal, Her Majesty’s Tower of London. From 2004 – 2006 he was Organ Scholar at Westminster Abbey where he played at a number of royal and state occasions including the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II, broadcast live on BBC television, and state memorial services for former Prime Minister, Lord Callaghan and comedian Ronnie Barker. Ian was Assistant Director of Music at Croydon Minster from 2000-2002. Whilst Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral from 2002 – 2004, Ian founded and directed the Cathedral Merbecke Choir which performed services, concerts and recitals for City of London livery companies. In 2004 he graduated from the Royal College of Music where he was a prize winner for organ performance. Before moving to London in 2000, Ian was a Vicar Choral at Wells Cathedral and studied singing with Ashley Stafford in Oxford. Recently Ian has performed organ recitals at Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral, St Alban’s Abbey and Truro Cathedral. In 2009, Ian performed an organ and bagpipe duet recital with Pipe Major Jim Motherwell (Personal Piper to HM The Queen) at Westminster Abbey – a first for the recital series at the Abbey!
Ms. Susanne Reid, Head of Tourism and Events
Susanne’s role is to develop leisure and business tourism to the cathedral. She has enjoyed various senior business development and sales and marketing positions within the Irish tourism industry over the last 20 years. Her primary degree is in modern languages (French and German) from Trinity College Dublin and she holds a postgraduate degree in Cultural Tourism from Maynooth University and a postgraduate diploma in Digital Marketing with the Digital Marketing Institute. She recently completed the Failte Ireland Management Course for Visitor Attractions. For queries on corporate events and tour series, contact Susanne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Shawn Talbot, Senior Tourism & Event Coordinator
Shawn works in all aspects of the cathedral including event management, marketing and general administration. Shawn obtained her BSc in Archaeology and Geology from University College Dublin in 2011 and her GDip in World Heritage Management from University College Dublin in 2013. In her spare time, Shawn sings and performs with the CÓRus Choir. For queries about corporate events, evening concerts, product launches, etc. please contact Shawn at email@example.com