Outgoing Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, Raymond Keaveney, retired on 11 January 2012, after 33 years in office and 23 years as director. The recently appointed Director of the Gallery, Sean Rainbird, will take up his post in mid-April.
Sean Rainbird, who has been Director of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart from 2006, will become the 14th Director of the National Gallery of Ireland. He is expected to take up his post from 18 April 2012. Mr Rainbird said: "I would like to congratulate Mr Keaveney on his long and distinguished directorship, and I look forward to working in this great institution, building upon the expertise and experience of the Gallery's excellent staff and many supporters."