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 Arts Office, Heritage, Archaeology, Community, Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Local Enterprise Office, Events, Planning and International Relations and Social Inclusion, 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. Meetings have been organised by Dublin City Council and the new 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.
In 2016, Dublin City Council demonstrated its unique capacity to activate and support community engagement and participation in marking the Centenary year through a wide range of arts, culture and heritage initiatives. Building on that success, Creative Ireland will advise on the development of a dedicated Culture and Creativity 2017 plan for Dublin City, based on the premise that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity, with significant implications for individual and societal wellbeing.


Dublin City Council and the Creative Ireland team invite you to an open meeting on Wednesday, 3rd May at 12.30pm at Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Dublin 8, to explore how access, engagement and collaboration in the local arts and creative industries can be increased through the Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022.  Share your ideas, develop collaborations and explore opportunities for participation in culture and creativity.
Register at

Dublin City Creative Ireland Team

Brendan Teeling, Deputy City Librarian, is the Co-ordinator for the Dublin City Creative Ireland team. Contact: 00-353-1-6744800,
The Dublin City Creative Ireland 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
  • Bernie Doherty, Community and Social Development
  • John Downey, Dublin City Council Licensing/Planning
  • Charles Duggan, Dublin City Council Heritage Officer
  • Mary Foley, International Relations & Social Inclusion
  • Ruth Johnson, City Archaeologist
  • Alison King, Dublin City Council Events
  • Mary MacSweeney, Local Enterprise Office
  • Ray Yeates, City Arts Officer

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

Cruinniú na Cásca

Monday, 17th April marked the official launch, at Dublin Castle, of Cruinniú na Cásca, a new, large-scale, free, fun family festival that invited members of the public across the country to join in a spirited celebration of contemporary Irish life, multiculturalism and creativity. The festival will take place each year for the next five years, with 31 local authorities across the nation hosting special free Cruinniú na Cásca initiatives, with a distinct focus on events for families and children. Four designated zones across Dublin city centre provided a wide range of activities and entertainment, from Smithfield Square and Custom House Quay on Dublin’s north side to St. Stephen’s Green and Dublin Castle on the south.

Dublin City Council is a key partner with Creative Ireland, RTÉ and the OPW for Cruinniú na Cásca. Dublin City Council supported the programme at Dublin’s City Hall and the dressing of the City with building banners and lamp post information panels to animate the civic landscape.

On the day, crowds enjoyed live music, workshops and demonstrations, poetry and dance performances, film screenings, talks, crafts and much more.
Dublin City Council curated a range of events for Cruinniú na Cásca including a Library pop-up at Dublin Castle inviting families to enjoy books, storytelling, crafts and puppet theatre. The Book Doctor advised young readers on their next perfect story!

As part of the many and varied Dublin: One City One Book festival events this year, the IFI hosted free lunchtime screenings of short films illustrating the wartime world of Echoland.
Dublin City Arts Office presented the Nigerian Carnival production of William Butler Yeats’ ‘The Only Jealousy of Emer’ and ‘Off the Walls’, a dance celebration showcased by CoisCéim BROADREACH in the LAB Gallery spilling out onto Foley Street.

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane offered special tours of the current exhibition ‘Port Life’ - paintings and drawings by Antwerp artist Eugeen van Miegham for Cruinniú na Cásca as well as drop in family workshops during the day.

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