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Mr Gavan Woods
Cathedral Administrator

Gavan has a long background working in Ireland’s built heritage, first with visitor services in the Office of Public Works and subsequently as part of the team at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Administrator since 2010 he is responsible for the financial affairs of Saint Patrick’s to the Board and leads the lay staff who work in the Cathedral.

Mr Louis Parminter
Cathedral Manager and Dean’s Verger

Louis has been involved in Saint Patrick’s for most of his life. Having been a boy chorister here and a pupil of the Cathedral schools he was appointed Dean’s Verger in 1993 while still attending the Cathedral Grammar School, a role he still holds today. Following on a diverse career path in both the public and private sectors, Louis was appointed Assistant Supervisor in Saint Patrick’s in 2000, and Cathedral Manager in 2010. Louis is responsible for the day to day activities in the Cathedral including visitor care, staff supervision, event management and maintenance of the building.


Mr Ken Hartnett
Assistant Cathedral manager and Safety Officer

Ken joined the Cathedral team in 2015 and responsible for overseeing all elements of the Cathedral’s health and safety policy as well as managing the day to day running of the building

Mrs Rowena Janota
Office Manager and Safeguarding DLP

Rowena joined the Cathedral staff in 2018 and moved to the office in 2019 where she is responsible for the day to day running of the Cathedral office.


Mr Andrew Smith
Head of Learning and Interpretation
Andrew Smithr

Andrew graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2004 with a four year degree and masters in History. In 2005 he graduated from UCD with a H.Dip. in Education and began his career as a history teacher. Since then Andrew has switched focus and began to work in the field of heritage/ museum education working in Dublin Castle, the National Museum of Ireland in Collins Barracks and in the National Army Museum in London. He joined Saint Patricks in 2011 as the Cathedral’s first ever Education Officer.


Mrs Clarissa Delap
Marketing and Events Officer

Clarissa Delap joined the Cathedral as the first ever Marketing and Events Officer in 2016. Prior to joining the staff of the Cathedral, Clarissa spent five years working in cultural institutions in New York, primarily in tourism marketing.


Ms Kelley Bermingham 
Community Officer

Kelley Bermingham joined the Cathedral in 2016 having worked in the community sector for over 27 years and she has a wide array of experience in the voluntary sector for more than 30 years. Kelley holds qualifications in facilitation, social care and the arts. As community officer Kelley coordinates events and engagement with the wider community on a local, national and international basis.

Music Department


Mr Stuart Nicholson
Master of the Music

Stuart studied at the Royal College of Music with John Birch, during which time he was awarded scholarships at the Temple Church, St. Bride’s Church, Fleet Street and St. Paul’s Cathedral; he became an Associate of the Royal College of Music in organ performance with honours and graduated with a first class honours in July 1997. He then toured the USA and Europe whilst serving as Acting Assistant Organist with the mixed choir of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh.

Mr David Leigh
Organist & Director of the Girls’ Choir

David Leigh is the Assistant Organist and Director of the Cathedral Girl Choristers at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin. He also pursues a busy freelance career as conductor, orchestral keyboard player and organist, and is musical director of chamber choir The Gaudete Singers and of the University of Dublin Choral Society, and chorusmaster of the Culwick Choral Society. Freelance work includes regular appearances in a wide ranging repertoire with the RTE Concert Orchestra and frequent work with other major Irish performing groups.

Resident Clergy at Saint Patricks