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 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

Launch of Culture and Creativity Plans

Creative Ireland launchAn Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, and the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, launched 31 Local Authority Culture and Creativity Plans for 2017 as part of the Creative Ireland programme, at a special event in Dublin Castle on Thursday 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.”

“We are not all artists but we are all capable of having our lives enhanced and enriched by the arts. Arts and culture make it possible for us to be better people, living in a better society and a better country. At its very core, Creative Ireland is a wellbeing strategy and through these local Culture Plans, our Local Authority network is helping us to spread the reach and the impact of the programme into every community nationwide.”

Cruinniú na Cásca

Easter Monday, 17th April marked the official launch, at Dublin Castle, of Cruinniú na Cásca, a new, large-scale, free, fun family festival that invites members of the public across the country to join in a spirited celebration of contemporary Irish life, multiculturalism and creativity, 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 curated a range of events for the festival, supported the programme at Dublin’s City Hall, and facilitated the dressing of the City with building banners and lamp post information panels to animate the civic landscape.

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