Executive Director, Association of Irish Festivals and Events (AOIFE)
Colm is Executive Director of the Association of Irish Festivals and Events (AOIFE). He serves as a Director of the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) and serves as the Hon. Treasurer of International Festivals and Events - Europe. Formerly Co-coordinator for Ballinasloe Fair and Festival - one of the largest festival and heritage events in the West of Ireland - he now is involved with The Rose of Tralee, one of Ireland's longest running televised festivals based in Kerry in the South West. Colm was elected Chair of AOIFE in 2001 and subsequently took on executive roles leading to him becoming Operations Director in 2003 and Executive Director in May 2008.
AOIFE partners the Government and other stakeholders in developing world class festivals and events in Ireland. He was involved with the Irish Government's Task Force on the Tourism Industry and has been key in championing the role of the Festival and Cultural Events Sector within Irish Tourism, Arts and Community policies. In 2003 he was awarded the Industry's highest honour - the IFEA Miller Hall of Fame.