Dr Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch is an art historian, writer and former Curator of Irish Art at the National Gallery of Ireland (1998 2009).
Although her fascination with art began as a child, Síghle originally studied languages at UCD and later the Montessori education method. It wasn’t until the age of 40 that she followed her true passion and returned to college to study for a Diploma in the History of European Art as a mature student. Having won a scholarship in the diploma, Síghle studied art history at undergraduate level and went on to complete a PhD. She then became a lecturer at UCD, as well as a regular guide and speaker at the National Gallery of Ireland.
In 1998 she was appointed as the first curator dedicated exclusively to the Irish collections in the National Gallery’s history. She retired 11 years later and continues to research, publish and lecture on all aspects of Irish art. She lives in Dalkey.