Creative Ireland Programme 2017 - 2022

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The Creative Ireland programme /Clár Éire Ildánach, 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.

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

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, with particular reference to Pillar 2.


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. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD., was joined by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD., and Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD., on 12th September for the launch of 31 Local Authority Culture and Creativity Strategies 2018 – 2022.

Representatives from 31 local authorities and Leo Varadker
Representatives from the 31 local authorities, including Richard Shakespeare, Assistant Chief Executive, Dublin City Council, were pictured at the launch at the Irish Architectural Archive with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD.

The Dublin City Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018 - 2022, as part of the all-of-government Creative Ireland Programme, supports cultural participation and practice through partnerships and collaboration, through significant support and through provision of cultural infrastructure across the City and its neighbourhoods. The vision of this Strategy is for ‘creative collaborations’, underlining our existing policies and priorities, to increase cultural participation and practice through partnership, building a welcoming, inclusive and vibrant City for all. Some of the initiatives to encourage collaborative events/projects supported as part of Dublin City Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018 - 2022 are listed at;

Cruinniú na nÓg

Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday 23rd June, 2018 was a national day of creativity for children and young people, an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and presented in partnership with the Local Authorities and RTÉ.

Cruinniú na nÓg aimed 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 weree 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 was 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.


Creative Ireland Dublin City Funding Scheme 2018

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


Creative Ireland Dublin City Team

Brendan Teeling, Acting City Librarian, is the Co-ordinator for the Creative Ireland Dublin City team. 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
  • Clodagh Kingston, Dublin City Public Libraries
  • 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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