John Ducie is a native of Dublin with a passion for his city and explaining both it and Ireland to visitors. He has had a life long interest in cultural and natural heritage of all kinds. John retired as Properties and Conservation Manager of the National Trust for Ireland in 2012 to devote himself to a full-time career as a docent. Originally qualifying in Horticulture from Ireland's premier horticultural institute The National Botanic Gardens he also has an Hons. Bachelor of Business degree and a National University of Ireland Professional Certificate in Genealogy and Family History In the past he has chaired the Heritage Gardens and Designed Landscapes Committee for ten years, has served as Vice Chairman of The National Trust for Ireland, President of the European Network of National Heritage Organisations, a member of the Executive Committee of the International National Trusts Organisation and the Council of Europa Nostra (the pan European Heritage Alliance).
Arran Henderson graduated Art History from Oxford Brooks and from Fine Art from Dublin's National College of Art and Design. He also holds a Masters Degree from the Dublin Institute of Technology and has written on various aspects of art history, including his well known Hidden Dublin series, for various papers and journals such as The Irish Arts Review. Arran has led tours for the leading cultural agencies in Ireland's capital, including the Irish Architecture Foundation and Irish Georgian Society. He specializes in Fine Art interpretation, especially at the National Gallery of Ireland and, separately, on reading and revealing Dublin and Irish history, from Viking and Medieval through Georgian and Victorian, seen through the street-scape, topography and architecture of Dublin.
Anne Marie Hayes was born and raised in County Waterford and is now Dublin based. Her background is in painting and ceramics. She graduated as mature student from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art & Design with a BA Fine Art. Following her graduation, she exhibited in Ireland and abroad. She returned to college to complete a Master of Art in the Contemporary World from National College of Art and Design. Anne Marie has studied architectural glass at a studio in Italy, working with two Mastercrafters restoring stained glass windows and working on commissions for Universities in USA.
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