Creative Ireland Programme 2017 - 2022

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The Creative Ireland programme /Clár Éire Ildánach, launched by the Government last December, is a culture-based programme designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing. Creative Ireland is the Government’s legacy programme for Ireland 2016 – a five year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.

Creative Ireland will prioritise children’s access to art, music, drama and coding; enhance the provision of culture and creativity in every community; further develop Ireland as a global hub for film and TV production; empower and support our artists; drive investment in our cultural institutions; and further enhance our global reputation abroad.
Each local authority in the country, including Dublin City Council, has established a local Creative Ireland Team. The Dublin City team draws its members from the Archaeology, City Architects, City Arts Office, City Parks, Community, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin City Public Libraries and Archives, Events, Heritage, International Relations and Social Inclusion, Local Enterprise Office to lead on the Creative Ireland Programme.

Creative Ireland is built around five pillars:

  1. Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child
  2. Enabling Creativity in Every Community
  3. Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure
  4. Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media Production
  5. Unifying our Global Reputation

Enabling creativity in every community is a core pillar of the Creative Ireland Programme.

Consultation workshops were facilitated by Dublin City Council and the Creative Ireland national team during March and April, to share ideas, develop collaborations and explore opportunities for increased investment in local arts, culture and creative industries. Read a report on the workshops (PDF, 757KB). The feedback from these workshops informed the Dublin City Culture and Creativity Plan 2017.

Creative Ireland Dublin City Funding Scheme 2018

The Creative Ireland Dublin City Funding Scheme 2018 is now closed for applications.

Creative Ireland Programme Scheme 2018/2019

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Josepha Madigan, T.D., has announced the new Creative Ireland Programme Scheme 2018/2019.

In 2017, the Creative Ireland Programme supported a range of successful talks, workshops and events on culture, creativity and well-being, to encourage deeper understanding and appreciation of the role of creativity and to promote the new Programme’s objectives and underlying values. 

This new Scheme aims to identify, support and collaborate with a range of strategic partners on projects which are genuinely innovative, will significantly add value and/or scale to the implementation of the Programme and which will help inform policy and/or cross-sectoral development in the area of culture, creativity and wellbeing.  Grants of between €10,000 and €70,000* are available to individuals, organisations, community groups, colleges and cultural institutions, amongst others, from an overall fund of €500,000 for this year. Three themes have been identified as areas of priority for the Partnership Scheme - Individual and Collective Wellbeing, Innovation and Connecting Communities. 

Cruinniú na nÓg

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD, has announced that Saturday 23rd June, 2018 will be a national day of creativity for children and young people. Cruinniú na nÓg is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and is presented in partnership with the Local Authorities and RTÉ.

Cruinniú na nÓg aims to celebrate and encourage participation by children and young people in culture and creativity in their communities through a rich variety of activities including performances, theatre, art and music, creative workshops, readings and screenings, special events and much more. Events will be free and activity based with opportunities for young people to get involved in ‘doing’, ‘making’, ‘creating’ and trying new things.

The focus for Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg 2018 will be on activities taking place in the city’s suburbs, neighbourhoods and villages, enabling young people to access creativity where they live, in their communities, with their friends and family.

Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018 - 2022

The Creative Ireland Dublin City - Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018 – 2022 was approved at the Dublin City Council meeting on 9th April 2018. The Strategy will be published in May.

Culture and Creativity Plan 2017

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, and the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, launched thirty-one Local Authority Culture and Creativity Plans for 2017 as part of the Creative Ireland programme, at Dublin Castle on 25th May.

The development of Culture and Creativity Plans for every county is a cornerstone of Pillar 2 of the Creative Ireland Programme – Enabling Creativity in Every Community, encouraging communities and citizens to engage, participate and enable their creative potential.

Read the Dublin City Culture and Creativity Plan 2017.

Speaking at the launch event, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, said:
“These plans illustrate the extraordinary range of creativity in our communities and they get to the very heart of what Creative Ireland is all about: community, local empowerment, participation, collaboration.”

Thanks to everyone who stopped for a chat at our Culture and Creativity Plan 2017 showcase at the Dublin Festival of History at Dublin Castle. We were delighted to talk about our projects and programmes and hear your ideas and suggestions.

Creative Ireland Dublin Stand at Dublin Festival of History

Pictured from left: Michael O'Reilly, Creative Ireland; Barbara Dawson, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane; an tArdmhéara Míchéal Mac Donncha; Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian and Chief Executive Owen P Keegan, Dublin City Council. 

Creative Ireland Dublin City Team

Brendan Teeling, Deputy City Librarian, is the Co-ordinator for the Creative Ireland Dublin City team. Contact: 00-353-1-6744800,
The Creative Ireland Dublin City team is led by Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian. Contact: 00-353-1-6744800,

Members of the team are:

  • Barbara Dawson, Director of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
  • Charles Duggan, Dublin City Council Heritage Officer
  • Margret Glupker, City Architects
  • Ruth Johnson, City Archaeologist
  • Gráinne Kelly, International Relations & Social Inclusion
  • Alison King, Dublin City Council Events
  • Mary MacSweeney, Local Enterprise Office
  • Leslie Moore, City Parks Superintendent
  • Peadar Nolan, Community and Social Development
  • Ray Yeates, City Arts Officer

For more information on Dublin City Creative Ireland, contact Clodagh Kingston at

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