Creative Ireland


Street artist Mr. Everybody (Shane O'Donovan) putting finishing touches to 'Birdie' during the Cork Community Artlink 2018 Rebel Streets Festival supported by Cork City Council and Creative Ireland. Photo Credit: Clare Keogh 2018

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.


Cork City Cruinniú na nÓg


Circus Factory Youth Members at Marina Park, Cork City. Photo by Darragh Kane 2022

Cruinniú na nÓg is a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18. Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth Plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people. In partnership with RTÉ and Local Authorities, the Creative Ireland Programme supports children and young people to get creative and showcase their creations all over Ireland.

 In Cork City, Cruinniú na nÓg is supported through partnership by arts organisations, cultural institutions and creative venues. 

Read all about Crinniú na nÓg Cork City 2022 at

Keep up to date on all our activities via Facebook and Twitter @CorkCityArts and via Instagram @CruinniuNanOgCork


Creative Climate Action

The KinShip Project is led by artists LennonTaylor (Marilyn Lennon and Seán Taylor), in partnership with Cork City Council.

This project is supported by the inaugural Creative Climate Action award managed the Creative Ireland Programme in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and the Department of Environment, Climate and Communication. This award supports creative, cultural and artistic projects that build awareness around climate change and empowers citizens to make meaningful behavioural transformations. Local project partners include Cork Healthy Cities, Cork Nature Network, Cork UNESCO Learning Cities, Green Spaces for Health, MTU Clean Technology Centre and UCC Environmental Research Institute.

 To find out more about The KinShip Project, follow this link.



The Creative Ireland Programme

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.

Cork City Council’s Creative 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 Adrienne Rodgers, Director of Community Culture & Placemaking, and the Coordinator is Michelle Carew, Cork City Arts Officer.

 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.