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.


Cruinniú na nÓg 2019


Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday 15th June, 2019 is 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.

The day 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, dance, theatre, art and music, creative workshops, readings, special events and much more. Events are free and activity based, with opportunities for children and young people to get involved in ‘doing’, ‘making’, ‘creating’ and trying new things.

Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 programme –  50+ events taking place in galleries, museums  and public  libraries; in  local  parks and public spaces, from city centre to local neighbourhoods -   enables young people to celebrate and showcase their work developed over time, or to simply take part in one of the many activities and try something new  on the day. Children and families are encouraged to engage with the resources of the city and to access creativity where they live, in their communities, with their friends.

View the programme here:


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;




Creative Ireland Dublin City Team

The Dublin City Creative Ireland team is led by Mairead Owens, Dublin City Librarian. Contact: 00-353-1-6744800,

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

Members of the team are:

  • Iseult Byrne, CEO Dublin City Council Culture Company
  • 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
  • Martina Halpin, Dublin City Council Events
  • Mary MacSweeney, Local Enterprise Office
  • Leslie Moore, City Parks Superintendent
  • Miriam Flynn, Community and Social Development
  • Jessica O’Donnell, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
  • Ray Yeates, City Arts Officer

For more information on Dublin City Creative Ireland, contact Margarita Cappock at