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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.

 

It is a high-level, high-ambition, all-of-government initiative to mainstream creativity in the life of the nation so that individually and collectively, in our personal lives and in our institutions, we can realise our full creative potential.

 

Creative Ireland is a culture-based programme designed to promote individual, community, and national wellbeing. The core proposition is that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity, with significant implications for individual and societal wellbeing and achievement.

 

Creative Ireland is the main implementation vehicle for the priorities identified in Culture 2025/Éire Ildánach, the draft cultural policy published by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in July 2016, which sees a vibrant cultural ecosystem as essential to society. 

 

Culture 2025/Éire Ildánach states that arts and culture are intrinsic to Ireland, acknowledges the need to increase access to, and participation in, the arts, boost our creative industries, and preserve our heritage with a particular focus on language, landscape, and the environment. 

 

At the heart of Creative Ireland is the principle of collaboration – between central and local government, between culture and industry, between artists and policy makers – to facilitate an ecosystem of creativity.  As part of this process all Local Authorities will produce Local Activation Plans.  

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* Added on 31/07/18: CREATIVE IRELAND COUNTY CORK CONFERENCE 2018 - 9th/10th NOVEMBER

 

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From our valleys and uplands to our towns and villages, the County of Cork is host to some truly terrific cultural heritage; and the Creative Ireland Programme is one to embrace with regard to safeguarding and further promoting this culture, both within the County and further afield. The Creative Ireland County Cork Conference seeks to delve into this culture offering insights by a range of key speakers and also showcasing some of the County’s wonderful Cultural and Creative Talent. With 2018 being Bliain na Gaeilge, this year’s conference is being held in Baile Bhuirne in the Múscraí Gaeltacht over Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November 2018. Further details will be provided here (www.corkcoco.ie/arts-heritage/creative-ireland) shortly but now for, certainly take note of the date! For further information and to book a place email creativeireland@corkcoco.ie or phone 021 4285905.

 

 

* Added on 22/05/18*: Details of the National Creative Ireland Programme Scheme Announced

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

 

Speaking at the announcement of the Creative Ireland Programme Scheme 2018, Minister Madigan T.D., said: "The Creative Ireland Programme is an ambitious and ground-breaking initiative which aims to enhance individual and collective wellbeing through increased participation in creative activity. Much has been   achieved in the first year of the Programme, from Culture Teams in every Local Authority finalizing their five-year Culture and Creativity plans to the cross-departmental implementation of the ambitious Creative Youth Plan, which is now well underway. We’re also looking forward to announcing details shortly of our first Cruinniú na nÓg, a national day of youthful creativity, which will unlock the creative potential of children and young people with events taking place in towns and communities across the country.

 

The new Creative Ireland Programme Fund will enable us to activate, enable and support genuinely ground-breaking and innovative initiatives, research projects and community programmes, which have creativity and wellbeing at their centre, and which will help inform and implement the vision of the Creative Ireland Programme. Through these partnerships, we want to encourage ambition, risk, innovation and excellence in the creative and cultural sectors by harnessing the incredible, talent and passion of our citizens and, by working together, across agencies, sectors and organisations, to achieve something truly remarkable.”

 

Details and application forms for the Creative Ireland Programme Scheme 2018/2019 are available at http://creative.ireland.ie or by clicking https://creative.ireland.ie/en/news/new-creative-ireland-programme-scheme-201819-announced. Deadline for receipt of application forms is midnightFriday 8th June 2018.

 

* Added on 09/01/18*: From the Well 2018 Short Story Library Competition

The Cork County Library and Arts Service is launching the From the Well Short Story competition 2018  The competition invites entries from writers aged 18 and over who are registered library members in any country. Twenty stories will be shortlisted by writer Billy O’Callaghan and will be announced end of April 2018. A winner from the shortlisted stories will be selected by a panel of judges including Billy O’Callaghan, Claire Kilroy and Eimear Ryan. The winning story and the nineteen other shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology in June 2018. The winning story title will be the title of this publication. The winning writer will be awarded a place on a week long workshop of their choice at the West Cork Literary Festival 2018 and €250 towards accommodation.

 

Conditions of Entry

Entrants may submit only one short story which must be the original work of the author. Stories must be less than 2,000 words.  Stories must be previously unpublished and not accepted for future publication elsewhere. Stories must be typed and entries must be accompanied by an entry form. The name of the entrant must not appear on the story itself. The Judges’ decision is final. Copyright of each story will remain with the author; however Cork County Library and Art Service reserves the right to one publication and/or one broadcast of shortlisted stories

For further information please contact Sinead Donnelly, County Arts Office (021) 4346210 

Entries should be sent to Arts Office, Library Headquarters, Carrigrohane Road, Cork or sinead.donnelly@corkcoco.ie. The closing date for receipt of entries is 5pm on Friday 16th February  2018.

 

*Added on 21/11/17* Creative Ireland County Cork Conference 2017

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Cork County’s first Creative Ireland Conference was held on November 16th and 17th 2017. Over the course of the two days, the event saw close to 20 speakers and a wonderful cultural evening on the first night, featuring Cathal Roche on Saxophone performing Ian Wilson’s ‘Thresholds’; the local Youghal Comhaltas Group, and an outstanding inspiring performance by Peadar Ó Riada. The Conference delved into so many different aspects of culture with the wonderful variety of speakers who partook, giving all in attendance a great overview of cultural activity within the County of Cork. The Conference also allowed ample time to explore and discuss Creative Ireland as a whole. The ensuing talks were most worthwhile, and identified areas requiring greater attention and focus within the County from a community and cultural perspective, but also identified many positive aspects. Certainly, what was taken from the conference was a real recognition of the importance of Creative Ireland and a real sense of ambition as to what can be achieved both at the individual level, but also at the community and even national level, for anyone and everyone willing to embrace the Creative Ireland Programme.

With regard to the Creative Ireland Programme, each Local Authority is currently in the process of undertaking a five year Cultural and Creativity Strategy. Cork County Council has held eight workshops around the County to stimulate talk, discussion and ideas, meeting with close to one hundred people in the process. Written submissions are also being invited, now with an extended deadline date of Friday December 1st, 2017. To make a submission email creativeireland@corkcoco.ie.

 

*Added on 17/10/17* County Cork Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018 - 2022

In keeping with the overarching aims of Creative Ireland, a 5-year Culture and Creativity Strategy is being undertaken for County Cork, 2018 - 2022. ‘Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.  It is a high-level, high-ambition, all-of-government initiative to mainstream creativity in the life of the nation so that individually and collectively, in our personal lives and in our institutions, we can realise our full creative potential. Underpinning this creative potential is an understanding of the importance of the Arts, Heritage, our Libraries, our Irish Language, our Music and Traditions, our Commemorations and our Cultural Tourism and how these can collectively promote and encourage creativity in all its forms

The Creative Ireland Programme is an ambitious one and is based on the principles of collaboration and communication, community empowerment and internationalisation. It has five key strands; Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child; Enabling Creativity in Every Community; Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure; Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media Production and Unifying our Global Reputation. It is Strand 2, Creativity in Every Community, that each Local Authority across the country seeks to embrace most strongly and here in County Cork, with such a strong community sector with an unrivalled track record, the 5-year plan is one to openly embrace. 


Whether you are an artist or maker, a member of your local library, a local arts groups, a local historical society, a drama club, or community group in its widest sense, or even if this is something that is purely a personal interest, this is an opportunity to share ideas, pool resources and be part of the creation of a unique and distinctive Cultural and Creativity Strategy for County Cork, as part of the Nationally aligned and fully supported Creative Ireland Programme.

With this in mind, Cork County Council will host a series of open meetings and discussions for anyone interested in participating in the development and delivery of County Cork’s 5-year Cultural and Creativity Strategy. At these meetings the Strategy will be discussed but members of Cork County Council’s Culture Team will also be on hand to offer advice and information on a range of different queries relating to Culture and Creativity locally. Your attendance at any of the following venues would be appreciated:

Location: Mallow Library on Thursday 26th October from 18:30 to 20:00
Location: Skibbereen Library on Thursday 2nd November from 14:30 to 16:00
Location: Fermoy Library on Saturday 4th November from 11:30 to 13:00
Location: Cobh Library on Saturday 4th November from 15:00 to 16:30
Location: Macroom Library on Wednesday 8th November from 14:30 to 16:00
Location: Midleton Library on Wednesday 8th November from 18:30 – 20:00 
Location: Bandon Library on Thursday 9th November from 18:30 to 20:00
Location: Ballincollig Library on Tuesday 14th November from 18:00 to 19:30

Interested participants are kindly requested to register their interest to attend by emailing creativeireland@corkcoco.ie with their date/venue of choice preferably prior to Wednesday 25th October.

Cork County Council, in addition to organising this series of open meetings, is also seeking written submissions from interested parties with suitable ideas, proposals, comments and overall suggestions for the County Cork Cultural and Creativity Strategy, 2018-2022. This is a great opportunity for the people of Cork to shape the Cultural Development of the County and all comments are most welcome. Closing date for receipt of said submissions is Friday 17th November 2017, to be sent to creativeireland@corkcoco.ie.

As part of the roll out of Creative Ireland in Cork County, 2017, a Culture and Creativity Action Plan was undertaken for the year, which is available to view by clicking here. This plan, having benefited from dozens of public submissions, provides background information on Creative Ireland in County Cork and should be used as a practical working document to stimulate ideas for the 5-year Strategy going into the future.

Creative Ireland is an insightful legacy project that sets out to harness the country's culture, arts and heritage over the next five years with the purpose of ensuring ‘that Ireland offers a meaningful, value driven quality of life’. It is hoped that the County of Cork will do itself proud in each and every respect.

 

* Added on 06/08/17*: County Cork's Creativity gets a boost on influential US website

IrishCentral.com, a US based website with more than 3.5 million visitors per month and a 750K+ strong social media audience was this past weekend highlighting the wealth of artistic and cultural creativity in County Cork.
The website, the leading news source for the Irish diaspora around the world is partnering with Creative Ireland, the Government’s five-year initiative to place creativity at the centre of public policy.
The development of Culture Plans for every county is a cornerstone of Pillar 2 of the Creative Ireland Programme – Enabling Creativity in Every County. Since the launch of Creative Ireland in December 2016, every Local Authority has established a Culture Team which includes arts officers, heritage officers, librarians, museum and gallery curators, led by a local Creative Ireland coordinator.  Each Team has now put together a plan for their county to encourage communities and citizens to engage, participate and enable their creative potential.
Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who has contributed to the County Cork Culture Plan, which will drive culture and creativity in communities right across the county. Creative Ireland is all about encouraging people to get more involved in creativities activities, because we know that engaging in arts and culture is good for us, whether you are young, old or somewhere in between. A central aim of Creative Ireland is to enable creativity in every community nationwide, and the Culture Plan being launched today is an essential part of that. Through Creative Ireland we want to empower local authorities to foster and encourage creative activity in their towns and villages. I would encourage the people of County Cork to check out this new Culture Plan, find out what’s happening in your local area in the coming months and get involved.”
Commenting on the partnership from New York, Mike Rich, IrishCentral CEO, said “IrishCentral.com is the leading Irish website in US with a loyal readership base in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and across Irish America. We are at the very heart of the global Irish community that is rightly renowned for its creativity and genius. Our team here is dedicated to connecting the Irish with everything that’s going on back home. There’s a growing excitement across the global Irish about the potential and promise of the Creative Ireland initiative and a burning desire to find out more about what’s happening in County Cork and right across the country."
Among the many highlights of County Cork’s Creative Ireland programme featured on IrishCentral is the Picnic at the Castle, when historic Mallow Castle opens its grounds on the 13th August for a day of creative arts activity, the 150th Commemoration of the Manchester Martyrs on 23rd November, as well as The Art of Heritage – A Culture of Creativity, a conference focusing on the importance and value of connectivity between art and heritage, culture and creativity.

 

* Added on 06/08/17*: Irish Central to focus on Creative Ireland County Cork

The renowned Irish Diaspora website www.irishcentral.com will be focussing on County Cork in the coming days, commencing on August 7th 2017. The website will give great coverage to a variety of upcoming Creative Ireland Activities and to find out more and to subscribe to the Irish Central Newsletter visit https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/creative-ireland/what-s-happening-in-county-cork-events-you-can-t-miss

 

* Added on 08/06/17*: National Launch of Creative Ireland Plans

On May 25th 2017, each of the country's 31 Local Authority Creative Ireland Plans were launched. The plans contain a variety of different projects and events to see the rolling out of the Creative Ireland Programme at the Local Level. Here in Cork County, the 2017 County Cork Plan will be launched in the coming weeks with more information to be provided shortly. For more information on Creative Ireland in the County of Cork visit https://creative.ireland.ie/en/local-plans/cork-county

Creative Ireland National Launch 2017

 

* Added on 16/05/17*: SHORT FILM ON THE FAMINE:

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University is inviting short film submissions ranging from twelve to fifteen minutes in length on the topic of the Irish famine for young audiences, aged between ten and thirteen. The deadline for submissions is June 9th 2017, while projects must be delivered by February next year. Both established and emerging filmmakers with at least one completed project are eligible to apply. The film is intended for both classroom and individual use, will be widely promoted and distributed via online platforms, and supported by specially prepared educational materials. It should also be able to engage Irish and international audiences. Films may be live action, animated or employ a mixture of genres, though all submissions should be grounded in solid scholarship on the famine and must include reference to the collection held at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University. For more information visit http://iftn.ie/news/ProductionNews/?act1=record&only=1&aid=73&rid=4290536&tpl=archnews&force=1

CRUINNIÚ NA NÓG 2018

 

* Added on 12/06/18: Over 20 events already scheduled for Cruinniú na nÓg throughout the County of Cork on June 23rd 2018 

 

Over 20 events and activities have already been scheduled to take place around the County of Cork for Cruinniú na nÓg, taking place on Saturday 23rd June 2018. With thanks to Cork County Council's Library and Arts Service there will be a range of activities in more than a dozen library venues and furthermore thanks to local groups and communities there will also be a range of further events. The events confirmed to date are available to view by clicking here and also by visiting https://creative.ireland.ie/cruinniu/.

 

 

* Added on 31/05/18: Cruinniú na nÓg Events throughout the County of Cork

 

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Date/Time: Saturday 23rd June 2018
Event: Cruinniú na nÓg
Location: throughout the County of Cork
Additional Information: A full day of cultural events and activities geared towards young people in the County of Cork. Full details will be provided here shortly and a number of events are also available to see at : https://creative.ireland.ie/cruinniu/

 

 

* Added on 19/04/18: Cruinniú na nÓg, part of the National Creative Ireland Programme, takes place on Saturday 23rd June 2018

 

The Creative Ireland Programme, which was announced in December 2016, has already met with great support and enthusiasm right throughout the Country and in particular here in the County of Cork; with one of the key aspects of same being a national day of cultural engagement – Cruinniú.

 

Cruinniú first took place on Easter Monday, 2017, with 2 dozen events held throughout County Cork’s 8 Municipal Districts, organised by local groups and organisations, cultural advocates all. Cruinniú will again take place in 2018, but a change in direction has been taken at the national level, to make the day all about engaging with and encouraging young people to get involved in all things culture and creativity; henceforth known as Cruinniú na nÓg.

 

The 2018 date for Cruinniú na nÓg has been set for Saturday June 23rd with events in schools throughout the country on Friday June 22nd also strongly encouraged. Cork County Council will be supporting a whole range of activities in each of County Cork’s eight Municipal Districts and would be delighted to see local groups get involved in events that are creative in nature and fully inclusive, inspired by the culture that surrounds and connects us all. In order to encourage widespread participation in the day, and indeed to support local initiatives and events, Cork County Council has just announced two Grant Schemes: 1) The Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme 2018 and the Creative Ireland County Cork Pop-Up Shops Scheme 2018. Full details of both schemes are available on Cork County Council’s Creative Ireland Page – https://www.corkcoco.ie/arts-heritage/creative-ireland.

 

It is the intention of Cruinniú na nÓg that all events will be focussed on children and young people of all abilities, setting out to maximise activity based participation, i.e. children and young people ‘doing’, ‘making’, and ‘creating’. Local groups are encouraged to get involved and a whole range of projects will be supported and promoted. Should you have an event in mind for Cruinniú na nÓg 2018 please submit details to creativeireland@corkcoco.ie prior to Monday 21st May 2018.

 

For further information on Cruinniú na nÓg or indeed the Creative Ireland Programme as a whole email conor.nelligan@corkcoco.ie.

 

CREATIVE IRELAND COUNTY CORK FUNDING SCHEMES 2018

 

* Added on 12/06/18: CORK COUNTY COUNCIL ANNOUCES GRANT RECIPIENTS OF THE CREATIVE IRELAND COUNTY CORK GRANT SCHEME 2018 AND THE 2018 CREATIVE IRELAND COUNTY CORK POP-UP SHOP SCHEME

 

Creative Ireland is our Ireland. It is the Ireland we value and the Ireland we want to pass on to the next generation. Implementation of the Creative Ireland County Cork Initiative is further enhancing growth and awareness of cultural services and activities within the County, benefiting economic, social and community development, and is furthermore supporting more and more communities as they fully embrace, look after, promote and creatively express the culture they hold dear.

 

This initiative is being delivered through a number of different mechanisms, in keeping with the National Creative Ireland Programme and tailored at the Local Level, through the delivery of County Cork’s community inspired Culture and Creativity Strategy (to be launched shortly), which seeks to put culture and creativity at the heart of communities.

 

One of the key mechanisms for delivering on cultural engagement within the County is the Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme.

 

In 2017 31 fantastic projects were supported through the Scheme and 2018 sees a 45% increase in the number of successful projects, with over €65,000 being allocated to 45 different projects, events and initiatives right throughout the County including a number of Cultural pop-up Shops.

 

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Declan Hurley has noted that ‘these projects supported by the Scheme truly demonstrate the enthusiasm, commitment and dedication within the County of Cork by people from all different groups and communities, in supporting and promoting the wonderful culture that exists. The Creative Ireland Programme has been warmly welcomed here in County Cork and these projects will enhance the cultural offering of the County even further’.

 

The 45 applications cover each of the five Creative Ireland Strands and will see projects in each and every Municipal District. From projects supporting Irish language and culture to projects focusing on youthful educational projects and performances and inter-generational projects, there is a great variety of activities set to take place. The Arts, Heritage, Tourism, Irish and the County’s Cultural Literacy will all benefit as a result and Cork County Council’s Chief Executive Tim Lucey has commended Cork County Council’s Culture Team and their support and promotion of culture within the County, under the direction of Mary Ryan, Director of Municipal District Operations and Rural Development.

 

The running of this grant scheme highlights Cork County Council’s commitment towards supporting those community groups and individuals actively involved in Culture within the County. An upcoming day when this cultural involvement will come to the fore is Saturday 23rd June 2018 – Cruinniú na nÓg – a national day of culture for young people. To find out more about Cruinniú na nÓg and the Creative Ireland Programme as a whole here in the County of Cork email creative.ireland@corkcoco.ie.

 

 

* Added on 19/04/18: CORK COUNTY COUNCIL ANNOUCES DETAILS OF THE CREATIVE IRELAND COUNTY CORK GRANT SCHEME 2018 AND THE 2018 CREATIVE IRELAND COUNTY CORK POP-UP SHOP SCHEME

 

The Creative Ireland Programme is an ambitious one – it is ‘an invitation to the entire country to get involved in something truly inspirational. At its heart is collaboration - between central and local government, between culture and industry, between artists and policy makers - to facilitate an ecosystem of creativity’.

 

The Programme has five key strands, which are:

 

1: Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child

2: Enabling Creativity in Every Community

3: Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure

4: The Creative Industries including Media Production

5: Unifying our Global Reputation

 

The Community Participation Strand (Strand 2) is being led by local authorities across the country. As part of the Creative Ireland Programme, each City and County will shortly be publishing a 5-year Culture and Creativity Strategy. The County Cork Strategy has benefited greatly from the numerous workshops held and submissions received, and it will be available soon at www.corkcoco.ie/arts-heritage/creative-ireland. This strategy is underpinned by the following 6 key priorities:

 

1: Enhancing and Investing in our Local Cultural and Creative Infrastructure

2: Liberating Creativity – encouraging the exploration of creative ability through culture, both at the individual and community level

3: Knowing Ourselves – fostering a sense of belonging to place through our culture and heritage and expressing this creatively

4: Supporting and promoting full community engagement with culture

5: Showcasing County Cork – supporting and promoting Cork’s cultural wonders and talent at home and abroad

6: Our Native Voice – Our Irish Language

 

In order to work towards the key themes and priorities of the National Creative Ireland Programme and the County Cork 5-year Culture and Creativity Strategy, the 2018 Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme and Creative Ireland County Cork Pop-up Shop Scheme 2018 have been put in place, both of which are being financed through monies from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

 

The Schemes recognise the importance of the community sector to the county’s very culture and well-being and aims to support people and communities in undertaking projects and events that are in keeping with any one or many of the Creative Ireland Programme Strands as well as any or many of the 6 priorities set out in the County Cork Culture and Creativity Strategy (as set out above), in addition to initiatives that will generate awareness of the Creative Ireland Programme as a whole. The Pop-up Shop Grant Scheme is geared at promoting a wide range of activities and is also intended to support a number of festival events throughout the County. Consideration will also be given to events that are being undertaken for the national day of culture and youth – Cruinniú na nÓg – taking place on Saturday June 23rd 2018.

 

Full details and the application form itself are available by visiting www.corkcoco.ie/arts-heritage/creative-ireland or by requesting the word version via creativeireland@corkcoco.ie.

 

Please note that the closing date for proposals and application forms is 16:00 on Thursday 17th May 2018, to be sent to: Conor Nelligan, ‘Creative Ireland Coordinator, Cork County Council, Floor 3, County Hall, Cork or by email to conor.nelligan@corkcoco.ie.

 

For further information on these Grant Schemes or the Creative Ireland Programme email creativeireland@corkcoco.ie or phone 021 4285905.

 

 

Click here to access the Guidance Notes and Application Form for the Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme 2018

 

Click here to access the Guidance Notes and Application Form for the Creative Ireland County Cork Pop-Up Shops Scheme 2018

 

 

 

* Added on 27/07/17: CREATIVE IRELAND COUNTY CORK GRANT SCHEME 2017 TO SUPPORT 30 PROJECTS

The Community Participation Strand (Strand 2) of Creative Ireland is being led by local authorities across the country and Cork County Council has recently undertaken an action plan (County Cork Culture and Creativity Plan 2017) for implementing Creative Ireland in the County of Cork this year.  In support of this plan and the Creative Ireland Programme as a whole, a grant scheme was announced in June 2017.

A number of wonderful applications were submitted for consideration under the scheme and Cork County Council has approved 30 exciting projects and events based on an overall allocation of €35,000. Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Declan Hurley has noted that “these applications, covering culture in its widest sense, including multiculturalism, highlight the breadth of creativity and culture that exists within the County of Cork". Speaking more on the Creative Ireland Programme he noted that “Cork County has proved itself time and time again as one of the leading Cultural Counties in Ireland, and the projects being supported under this grant scheme will enhance this wonderful culture even further”.

The 30 applications cover each of the five Creative Ireland Strands and will see projects in each and every Municipal District. From projects supporting Irish language and culture to projects focusing on youthful educational projects and performances and inter-generational projects, there is a great variety of activities set to take place. The Arts, Heritage, Tourism, Irish and the County’s Cultural Literacy will all benefit as a result and Cork County Council’s Chief Executive Tim Lucey has commended Cork County Council’s Culture Team and their support and promotion of culture within the County, under the direction of Mary Ryan, Director of Municipal District Operations and Rural Development.

The running of this grant scheme highlights Cork County Council’s commitment towards supporting those community groups and individuals actively involved in Culture within the County. Cork County Council will shortly be holding workshops in each Municipal District over the coming months as they prepare a 5-year Cultural Strategy and for further information on this and Creative Ireland as a whole email creative.ireland@corkcoco.ie.

 

Added on 26/06/17: CORK COUNTY COUNCIL ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF THE CREATIVE IRELAND COUNTY CORK GRANT SCHEME 2017

The Creative Ireland Programme is an ambitious one – it is ‘an invitation to the entire country to get involved in something truly inspirational. At its heart is collaboration - between central and local government, between culture and industry, between artists and policy makers - to facilitate an ecosystem of creativity’.

The Programme has five key strands, which are: 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 and 5: Unifying our Global Reputation.

The Community Participation Strand (Strand 2) is being led by local authorities across the country and Cork County Council has recently undertaken an action plan (County Cork Culture and Creativity Plan 2017) for implementing Creative Ireland in the County of Cork this year. This will shortly be available online at www.corkcoco.ie/arts-heritage/creative-ireland and in support of this plan and the Creative Ireland Programme as a whole, a grant scheme has been put in place.

The Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme 2017 is being financed through monies from the Department of Culture and the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. The Scheme recognises the importance of the community sector to the county’s very culture and well-being and aims to support people and communities in undertaking projects and events that are in keeping with any one or many of the Creative Ireland Programme Strands as well as the County Cork Culture and Creativity Plan 2017, in addition to initiatives that will generate awareness of the Creative Ireland Programme as a whole. 

Full details and the application form itself are available by clicking here or by requesting the word version via creativeireland@corkcoco.ie.

Please note that the closing date for proposals and application forms is 16:00 on Tuesday 18th July 2017, to be sent to: Conor Nelligan, ‘Creative Ireland Coordinator, Cork County Council, Floor 3, County Hall, Cork or by email to conor.nelligan@corkcoco.ie. Details of Creative Ireland are available online at http://creative.ireland.ie or via www.corkcoco.ie/arts-heritage/creative-ireland.

 

For further information relating to Creative Ireland in the County of Cork, please contact: Conor Nelligan (email conor.nelligan@corkcoco.ie or phone 021 4276891).

 

CREATIVE IRELAND PLANS AND PROGRAMMES

The National Creative Ireland Plan is available by clicking here

The County Cork Culture and Creativity Plan 2017 is available by clicking here

CREATIVE IRELAND COUNTY CORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE

 

* Added on 31/07/18: CREATIVE IRELAND COUNTY CORK CONFERENCE 2018 - 9th/10th NOVEMBER

 

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From our valleys and uplands to our towns and villages, the County of Cork is host to some truly terrific cultural heritage; and the Creative Ireland Programme is one to embrace with regard to safeguarding and further promoting this culture, both within the County and further afield. The Creative Ireland County Cork Conference seeks to delve into this culture offering insights by a range of key speakers and also showcasing some of the County’s wonderful Cultural and Creative Talent. With 2018 being Bliain na Gaeilge, this year’s conference is being held in Baile Bhuirne in the Múscraí Gaeltacht over Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November 2018. Further details will be provided here (www.corkcoco.ie/arts-heritage/creative-ireland) shortly but now for, certainly take note of the date! For further information and to book a place email creativeireland@corkcoco.ie or phone 021 4285905.

 

* 2017 Creative Ireland County Cork Conference - Archive * - updated on 21/11/17

 

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Cork County’s first Creative Ireland Conference was held on November 16th and 17th 2017. Over the course of the two days, the event saw close to 20 speakers and a wonderful cultural evening on the first night, featuring Cathal Roche on Saxophone performing Ian Wilson’s ‘Thresholds’; the local Youghal Comhaltas Group, and an outstanding inspiring performance by Peadar Ó Riada. The Conference delved into so many different aspects of culture with the wonderful variety of speakers who partook, giving all in attendance a great overview of cultural activity within the County of Cork. The Conference also allowed ample time to explore and discuss Creative Ireland as a whole. The ensuing talks were most worthwhile, and identified areas requiring greater attention and focus within the County from a community and cultural perspective, but also identified many positive aspects. Certainly, what was taken from the conference was a real recognition of the importance of Creative Ireland and a real sense of ambition as to what can be achieved both at the individual level, but also at the community and even national level, for anyone and everyone willing to embrace the Creative Ireland Programme.

With regard to the Creative Ireland Programme, each Local Authority is currently in the process of undertaking a five year Cultural and Creativity Strategy. Cork County Council has held eight workshops around the County to stimulate talk, discussion and ideas, meeting with close to one hundred people in the process. Written submissions are also being invited, now with an extended deadline date of Friday December 1st, 2017. To make a submission email creativeireland@corkcoco.ie.

 

2017 Conference Details released in advance of same:

Cork County Council’s Creative Ireland Team (Culture Team), with the support of Mary Ryan, Director of Service, and the East Cork Municipal District, is organising Cork County’s inaugural Creative Ireland Conference. The two day conference will feature a range of great speakers and will take place in the Town Hall, Youghal, Co. Cork on Thursday and Friday, 16th and 17th November, 2017. Thursday 16th, commencing at lunch time (13:30), will see talks by Dr. Matt Cranitch; Paul O’Reilly and Ian Wilson with regard to our musical creativity and Eoin Nash, John McHarg, Billy O’Callaghan and Kevin O’Shannahan will deliver presentations on the importance of inclusivity in cultural undertakings. Cork County Council’s Culture Team (with representation across the Arts, Library, Heritage, Tourism and Irish sections of the Council) will also shed light on the cultural activities of Cork County Council and the various supports and initiatives currently in place. The evening, commencing at 19:00, will then see a wonderful conference performance which will include the Youghal Comhaltas Group (CCE Craobh Eochaille); Ian Wilson with Saxophonist Cathal Roche and a performance by Peadar Ó Riada. The following day will see a wonderful morning of talks on Film, Theatre and the Visual Arts and will feature Rossa Mullin, Oonagh Kearney, Mary McGrath, Con Downing, Katie Holly, Geoff Gould, Dr. Eimear O’Connor, Mirandi Driscoll and Ann Davoren. Aileen Murray of Youghal’s Socio-Economic Group will also speak about the historic town of Youghal from a cultural perspective and Tom O’Neill will speak about the cultural importance of Spike Island. The afternoon will then see the engagement of conference participants in a discussion and workshop with Cork County Council’s Arts Strategic Policy Group and Culture Team to assist in the formulation of Cork County’s very first Culture and Creativity Strategy (2018 – 2022). The Conference will close at c. 15:30.

There will be much activity taking place in Youghal around the Conference and attendees will also be able to avail of designated free tours of the newly opened Youghal Clock Gate Tower – a wonderful cultural heritage asset in the historic Walled Town of Youghal. These will take place on the morning of Thursday 16th, the late afternoon of Friday 18th and the morning of Saturday 19th for anybody staying on in Youghal to experience the wonderful culture and heritage that the town has to offer.

The Inaugural Creative Ireland County Cork Conference takes place in the Town Hall in Youghal and is free of charge. Take-up for the conference is expected to be high and early registration is therefore advisable by emailing creativeireland@corkcoco.ie. Click here to see the conference schedule - Creative Ireland County Cork Conference - Youghal 2017

The conference forms part of the Creative Ireland Programme in the County of Cork. For more information on Creative Ireland in Cork County and to get involved in the formulation of the County’s very first Culture and Creativity Strategy (2018-2022) phone 021 4285905 or email creativeireland@corkcoco.ie.