One of the leading figures at Galway City Museum has resigned to head up a new bilingual communications company.
Breandán Ó hEaghra yesterday confirmed that he will finish at the museum at the end of the month to take up a “fresh challenge” as the Managing Director of MeasMedia Communications.
In a statement, he revealed that he now aims to position MeasMedia as an “essential aid” to all public service providers as they attempt to fulfil their bilingual obligations “in a meaningful way”.
The company will be launched on 12 March, with a programme of services to be rolled out across the entire public sector in the coming year. The company will also offer communication packages for private industry and the arts.
MeasMedia Communications will employ two full-time and three part-time workers by the end of 2014, based in the Conamara Gaeltacht and servicing the entire country.
Mr Ó hEaghra said that while he was sorry to say goodbye to colleagues at the Museum, he was “excited at the prospect of guiding a company that will help serve the communication needs of both the public and private sectors”.
“I have spent the past six years with Galway City Museum and, in that time, we have grown from a lowly base of 12,000 visitors per year to a figure of over 140,000 visitors in 2012. This puts us at the top end of the free visitor attractions in the country,” he said.
“The success achieved with Galway City Museum is the result of the work of the museum’s magnificent staff. I know that there are challenging times ahead for all cultural institutions but I am confident that Galway City Museum will continue to thrive because of the calibre of its staff.”
Prior to taking up his position with the museum, Mr Ó hEaghra spent five years in City Hall as both Irish Officer and PR Officer with Galway City Council and he this week paid tribute to the city’s staff.
“Their dedication to public service at the highest level has impressed me greatly and will live with me for many a day. I have also worked closely with successive councillors and mayors and, again, I can state that Galway City has been fortunate to have such a high calibre of local representation,” he explained.