Creative Ireland


The Creative Ireland Programme is guided by a vision that every person in Ireland will have the opportunity to realise their full creative potential. It is a five year all-of-Government initiative, from 2017 to 2022, to place creativity at the centre of public policy. The vision is pursued through the Five-Pillars of the Creative Ireland Programme.

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Cork City Cruinniú na nÓg

The national day of creativity for children and young people, Cruinniú na nÓg takes place in Cork City on Saturday 15 June, 2019. Cork City Cruinniú na nÓg aims to celebrate and encourage children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity through a compelling spread of performances, theatre, art, readings, screenings and special events. All these child-centred events are free and activity based with plenty of opportunities for young people to get ‘doing’, making and creating.

Under the Creative Ireland programme of Pillar 2, all local authorities are charged by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to set up culture teams made up of the cultural services in the Local Authority, and to devise a Culture and Creativity Strategy for the 5 years of the programme.

The Five-Pillars of the Creative Ireland Programme

Pillar 1

Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child.

Pillar 2

Enabling Creativity in Every Community

Pillar 3

Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure

Pillar 4

The Creative Industries: Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media Production

Pillar 5

Unifying our Global Reputation

Cork City Council’s Culture Team Culture Team is made up representatives from Archaeology, Architecture, Archives, Arts, Community, Conservation, City of Learning, Heritage & Biodiversity, Social Inclusion, Irish Language, Library Services, Cork Public Museum, Parks & Recreation, Tourism and Enterprise. The team is headed by Paul Moynihan, Director of Corporate and External Affairs, and the co-ordinator is Jean Brennan, Arts Officer.

Cultural Strategic Priorities for Cork City Council

1. Invest in long term engagement in creative collaboration.

2. Recognise youth culture as a creative force and an art form for Cork City.

3. Creatively engage our citizens in archaeology, built, natural and cultural heritage.

4. Creatively use our public space for our communities through one large scale cultural public event each year.

5. Recognise Cork City as an intercultural city.

6. Recognise the contribution of Cork creative’s to Cork’s identity as a city of culture

The team will develop a number of projects a year that support the strategies of the teams and the Creative Ireland agenda.  Sometimes this will involve commissioning cultural organisations in the city to work with the team.  All projects are assessed and agreed by the team, with each project being championed by a member of the team.

You can read more about the Creative Ireland Initiative here.

You can read more about the Cork City Council's Strategy here.

You can read more about the Cork City Cruinniú na nÓg Programme here.