Dermot Egan – An Appreciation

Dermot Egan










It is with great sadness that Business to Arts writes this appreciation of our friend and former Chair, Dermot Egan. Dermot died on 16 December 2017.

While working with AIB, Dermot convened the very first meeting of Cothú – The Irish Business Council for Arts & Heritage (now named Business to Arts) in February 1988. He did this with a group of peers from a mix of Irish companies including  Bank of Ireland, Irish Shell, The Jones Group, Aer Rianta, Coyle Hamilton and Clancourt Investments. By August 1988, Cothú was established as a membership-based charitable organisation.

Dermot was inaugural Chair of Cothú from August 1988 to December 1993. During this time he was heavily involved in the establishment of the National ‘Arts Sponsor of the Year Awards’ (now named the Allianz Business to Arts Awards). He was also Cothu’s first Honorary President from December 1993 to December 1996. He was presented with a Life Fellowship of the Irish Management Institute in November 1996 and in 1997 Dermot was recognised by his peers for his seminal role in the establishment of Cothú.

Dermot was also a Chair of the National Concert Hall (serving as a NCH board member between 1996 – 2011) and a non-executive director of Wilson Hartnell.

On behalf of all involved with Business to Arts we extend our sympathy to his wife Noreen and her family.

Gerard McNaughton, Chair, Business to Arts
Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts 

You can read a little more about Dermot Egan here.

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