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About AVEA

AVEA is the national representative association for the Visitor Experience and Attractions industry in Ireland. Formed by the sector to provide advocacy and forum to enable its members to network and in so doing build greater professional competence and awareness of this vital tourism sector.

Our Core Objectives

Management Structure

AVEA is a registered company limited by guarantee. The Association has a part-time executive based in our secretariat in Sandyford who support the board and action the activities of the organisation. Founder and current board members are:

Paul Carty


Managing Director, Guinness Storehouse

Ann Daly

Vice President

Head of Marketing – National Museum Ireland


Sean Connick

Chief Executive, The John F Kennedy Trust

Denise Brophy

Managing Director, Dublinia

John Ruddle

Chief Executive, Shannon Heritage

Pat O’Suilleabhain

Managing Director, Sealife Aquarium, Bray

Biddy Hughes

Marketing Director, Westport House

Gráinne Kelliher

Managing Director, Airfield Estate

Ray Dempsey

General Manager, Jameson Distillery Dublin