Allin Gray, Director

Born and educated in Cork, Allin held a variety of positions in London, including three years with the Metropolitan Police, before returning to Cork in 1995 to study at the Cork School of Music, where he graduated with an honours BMus in 2000.

On completion of his undergraduate studies, Allin took a position as administrator of IAYO. He left to pursue further studies at CIT Cork School of Music in 2003, but stayed in contact with IAYO until his return as Director in 2007.

A guitar player by trade, Allin is a musical pluralist, having performed classical, jazz, rock, folk and techno / drum and bass. He spent several years as guitar player with the Cork School of Music Jazz Big Band and has performed widely throughout Cork and Ireland.

Allin was a founding director of Opera Works Ltd which ran Cork Children’s Chorus, a socially inclusive opera chorus for children in Cork city and County and also a founding director of ARTlifeCULTURE Ltd, which pursues international artistic and cultural opportunities for young people from Ireland.

In 2011, Allin received an MA in music editing at CIT Cork School of Music where he received a scholarship for editing works by Aloys Fleischmann.

Allin is Treasurer of the European Orchestra Federation (EOFed), Treasurer designate of the Cork Orchestral Society, Constituency Coordinator for the National Campaign for the Arts in Cork South Central and Secretary of the Steering Committee for the 10th European Orchestra Festival.


Bertie Buckley, Administrator

Bertie Buckley was born, raised and educated in Cork. (A North Mon boy). Following 5 years living and working in London he returned to Cork in the Early 90’s and found his niche in the ‘arts’ world of the City. Bertie worked for many years in the Cork Opera House both in the Box Office and as assistant to the Executive Director. (And to this day still gets stopped on the street and asked what’s on at the Opera House).

He was originally the Front Desk Administrator for Cork 2005: European Capital of Culture and then progressed to work as the Special Events Co-ordinator helping to create the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.  Bertie takes intermittant breaks to work on outside events and his favorite to date is the Red Bull X Fighters event held in Slane Castle. (Re-runs of which are still being shown on TV). Having said that, an eight month stint working with Weddings by Franc was not without it’s “moments”.

All-in-all he is happy to be back in Civic Trust House with IAYO Ltd., which is the former home of Cork 2005 and with a window view of the Cork Opera House across the river.

Life certainly seems to move in circles.


Yvonne Owens, Marketing and Communications Officer 

Yvonne has over ten years’ experience in the area of corporate communications, marketing and brand support, stakeholder relations and digital media strategy. Prior to taking up a position with the IAYO, Yvonne was a communications coordinator in RTÉ Central Communications, Events and Brand Development. She has worked on a broad range of communications and marketing briefs: including successful National campaigns such as, RTÉ @ Culture Night, RTÉ Big Music Week and the Decade of Commemorations. Holds a BA in English and History from University College Cork and a Postgraduate diploma in Communications from Griffith College Dublin.


Emmett O’Shaughnessy, Communications and Marketing Assistant

Emmett O’Shaughnessy was born in Lowell and raised in Chelmsford, Massachusetts into a family with a strong Irish tradition where he played the concertina and Irish danced at a competitive level, competing in the World Championships in Salthill, Galway in 1995. Emmett graduated from St Anselm College in 2004 with a degree in Business Administration and initially worked in finance but eventually moved into education and youth work. He moved to Ireland in 2010 to complete a Postgraduate in Drama in Education at Trinity College Dublin and then worked with Aspire Ireland, writing and performing plays with children and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Emmett is passionate about creativity in its many forms and is a screenwriter and actor. His short film ‘Waiting’ was shortlisted for Best Short Film at the Nikon European Film Festival in 2014 and, in 2016, his short film ‘Frames’ won Best Film at the Irish Film Board supported March on Film. Emmett manages Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts for Superjowlfilms – a platform he created for his comedy sketches, vlogs and short films. Emmett also has a Diploma in Digital Marketing and is very interested in the connectivity created from social media.