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C.A.F.E. Limited (trading as Create / Create Ireland, and formerly as Creative Activity For Everyone) is a company registered in Ireland, incorporated on 10 April 1987 as a company limited by guarantee, not having a share capital. The objects of the company are charitable in nature, the main object being to promote the arts as defined in the Arts Acts.

Click here to view the company’s Constitution (Memorandum & Articles of Association) [PDF].

Charitable Status

In 1996, the company was granted charitable exemption by the Revenue Commissioners retrospective to the date of incorporation (CHY 9695). The company is exempted from Corporation Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Deposit Interest Retention Tax under Section 207, Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 and from Corporation Tax for certain trading activities under the same section.

The company is authorised by the Revenue Commissioners to operate the Donation Scheme for tax exempted donations to Charitable Bodies (Section 848A, Tax Consolidation Act, 1997).

The company is registered as a charity with the Charities Regulatory Authority (Reg. No: 20024291). By virtue of the Charities Act, 2009, the directors of the company are deemed to also be charity trustees.


Membership is subject to approval of the Board of Directors. The liability of each member is limited to €1.27. The number of members at 31 December 2015 was 8. 

Financial Statements

The Financial Statements for 2015 are presented in a format that complies with the requirements of the Companies Act, 2014, and accounting standards generally accepted in Ireland as giving a true and fair view as promulgated by Chartered Accountants Ireland and issued by the Financial Reporting Council including FRS 102. The Directors are committed to the implementation of the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) as issued by the Charity Commission for England & Wales.

Click here to view the Directors’ Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2017 [PDF].


The board and executive officers comply with the organisation’s Code of Conduct for Directors and Officers. The principles that underpin the general ethos of this code include: 

• Loyalty

• Integrity

• Disclosure of Interests

• Confidentiality of Information

• Legal Obligations

• Board Operation

• Fairness

• Impartiality + Independence

The organisation is committed to compliance with the Code of Governance for Community and Voluntary Organisations and is on the journey to implementation.

The organisation has adopted the Principles of Good Fund Raising as drawn up by the Irish Charities Tax Reform Group.


The company has 6 employees – 5 full-time and 1 part-time.

Board Members 

Deirdre Figueiredo (Chair)

Deirdre Figueiredo MBE is Director of Craftspace, a limited company and arts charity based in Birmingham and has expertise in visual arts, contemporary craft and design. She also specialises in practice and strategy around public engagement, participation, creative production, inclusion and diversity. In a voluntary capacity she sits on the board of several arts organisations across England.

Sinead Dowling

Sinead Dowling has been Arts Officer with Carlow County Council since 2004, where she is responsible for local arts development. She has curated and project managed temporary site specific art projects in Carlow. Through management of the public art programme, Sinead has also been responsible for innovative commissioning of artists. She sees collaboration, risk taking and contemporary art rooted locally at the heart of all commissions. Carlow Arts Office was recently awarded Arts Council funding under the Invitation to Collaborate initiative as a partnership project with Take A Part UK; this important initiative will result in socially engaged co-commissioning opportunities for local communities. As an artist, Sinead was commissioned through Breaking Ground (Ballymun, 2001) and she is currently undertaking a Masters in Socially Engaged Practice at the NCAD.

Martin Drury

Martin Drury is an independent practitioner and adviser. In a career spanning nearly forty years and encompassing practice, project-management and policy-making, he has been Arts Education Officer (Sligo/Leitrim); Artistic Director of TEAM theatre-in-education company; Education Officer at the Arts Council; author of The Dublin Arts Report; Druid Theatre’s script editor; founding Director of The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children; a theatre director, with 20+ productions to his credit including a period as Associate Director of the Abbey Theatre; and Arts Director, and later Director of Strategic Development, at the Arts Council. Martin is also a board member of Music Generation.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Chief Executive of Dance Ireland. Appointed in June 2006, Johnson, reporting to a board of directors is responsible for the management of the organisation, including DanceHouse, liaising with funders, programming, fundraising and ensuring that Dance Ireland adheres to its remit and mandate.

With over 21 years’ experience as a dance artist, Johnson has worked on a range of projects, nationally and internationally with among others Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre, Daghdha Dance Company, Druid Theatre, icontact, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Scottish Ballet Steps Out, Tag Theatre Company and his own company MaNDaNCE (1991 to 2001). He is the author of Fine Lines on Shifting Ground: Reflections on a Choreographic Process (Project Press: 2000), documenting his 3-year residency at Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Johnson is a director of Dance Resource Base (NI), Janis Claxton Dance (Scotland) and RGH Consulting. Johnson holds a BA in Communication Studies and a MA in Communication and Cultural Studies from Dublin City University.

Clodagh Kenny

Clodagh Kenny is currently working as an independent Art Consultant supporting private companies with public art commissions and supporting the development of their artistic policies.  For over ten years she was director of Fire Station Artists’ Studios, a significant national visual arts organisation, supporting professional visual artists.

Clodagh is also on the Programme Advisory Board of the Royal Hibernian Academy.  

David McConnell

David McConnell is a consultant, specialising in providing financial services to arts organisations. He was formerly Head of Finance with the Arts Council Ireland and also is an organist and choir director.

Louise O’Reilly

Louise O’Reilly has over a decade of experience as a producer, project director and development manager for high profile cultural projects in Ireland. Currently Louise is Network Development Manager for Science Gallery International, developing eight Science Galleries worldwide by 2020 with high-ranking universities, based on the model at Trinity College Dublin.

Louise has played a pivotal role across a portfolio of ambitious cultural projects, specialising in start-up activity and development for Dublin Contemporary 2011, Electric Picnic, RTÉ, Dublin Fringe Festival, and Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. She is also on the Board of Corn Exchange Theatre.

Company Secretary:

Assistant Director, Arthur Duignan (non-voting).

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