Honorary Life Members 2012
Mrs Loretta Brennan Glucksman
A third generation Irish-American, Loretta Brennan Glucksman is a noted philanthropist and, together with her late husband Lewis, has raised millions for Ireland. She has served as Chairman of the American Ireland Fund since 1995 and is currently spearheading the Fund’s Promising Ireland Campaign to raise $100 million.
She is Co-Chair of Glucksman Ireland House, the centre for Irish Studies at New York University. Dr & Mrs Glucksman also established the Glucksman Chair of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen. In 2007, University College Cork saw the official opening of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery.
She also serves on numerous other boards including the IDA, The National Gallery of Ireland, Trinity College, University College Cork and the Royal College of Surgeons and Smurfit School of Business.
Earlier in her career, Mrs Glucksman was a producer for news and public affairs with PBS-TV. She was also a lecturer in English Literature at several universities.
Mr Patrick J. Murphy
Patrick J. Murphy, has been involved in the Arts in Ireland for over forty years. He has been a member of the Arts Council since 1981 and has also served as its Chairman.
Primary schools, local authority collections, the National Gallery of Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Trinity College, Dublin, the National Self Portrait Collection and artists in need have all benefited from the generous engagement of Mr Murphy in the cause of Irish visual art.
Since 2000, he has acted as Art Advisor to the President of Ireland and to the Office of Public Works to ensure that the best of contemporary Irish art is displayed in state buildings. He had an active role in the founding and development of ROSC.
In 2011 Patrick helped the RDS celebrate 150 years of the Taylor Art Award by producing one of the finest exhibitions of Irish Art, largely from private collections and rarely seen by the public. He also organised a Lecture Series to accompany the four-week exhibition. This was not his first connection with the Taylor Art Award. He was the RDS-nominated Judge for all of thirteen years from 1988 to 2000.
Patrick has also had a distinguished business career working in banking and brewing.