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.

Dancing from a distance

Cork City Cruinniú na nÓg

Everyone is invited to celebrate our culture and creativity and to take part in the virtual Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday 13th June 2020. In partnership with RTÉ and Local Authorities, the Creative Ireland Programme is urging children and young people to answer the call, to get creative at home and be ready to showcase their creative talents. Information on nationwide events can be found at  Information on Cruinniú na nÓ and activities in Cork City can be found at

Lord Mayor's Creative Call for Children

Lord Mayor’s Creative Call for Children

With the support of the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. John Sheehan, Consultant Psychologist Dr. Gillian Moore – Groarke, ‘Arts for All’ Cork and Cork City Council, the Lord Mayor is calling children of all ages and abilities to submit a creative work that expresses their personal experience of the Covid-19 pandemic. The aim of this initiative is to create a platform for children and young people to share their experience of COVID19 as a testament for generations to come.  Children and young people are invited to submit visual and written representations of their experience of life during COVID19. All submissions will be made via email as digital files for display as an online exhibition on to coincide with Cruinniú na nÓg on 13th June 2020.  The submissions will also be archived so that generations to come will gain an insight into this important piece of our shared civic history.

A Different Wolf

A Different Wolf

A Different Wolf, a new dance opera produced by Junk Ensemble in collaboration with music-theatre company Dumbworld from Belfast. A Different Wolf is a unique exploration of fear. In a complex and uneasy world, we all live with our own form of wolf and the fear that we will become either the hunter or the prey. A professional cast of three singers, six musicians and four dancers perform in A Different Wolf, alongside 100 choristers from Cork School of Music and Cór Gael.


Conceived by: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy, John McIlduff, Brian Irvine
Created and Directed by: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy, John Mcllduff
Choreography: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy in collaboration with the cast
Composers: Brian Irvine, James Joys
Lyrics: John Mcllduff
Set Design: Sabine Dargent
Lighting Design: Sarah Jane Shiels
Costume Design: Deirdre Dwyer

Dancers and Singers: Peter Devlin, Aoife Duffin, Stephanie Dufresne, Karl Fagerlund, Lucia Kickham, Stephen Moynihan, Amy Ní Fhearraigh
Musicians: James Joys, Michael Marshall, Declan McCarthy, Gerard Skelly, John Walsh
Choirs: Cork School of Music, Cór Gael

Producers: Gwen Van Spijk (Junk Ensemble), Susanna Lagan (Dumbworld)
Line Producer: Michelle Cahill
Associate Producer: Rachel Bergin
Researcher: Michele O’Connor-Connolly
Production Managers: Sean Dennehy, Conor Mullan
Chief LX: Veronica Foo
Stage Manager: Barry O'Donovan
Assistant Stage Manager: Sue Crawford

Funding credits:

Proudly supported by Arts Council of Ireland Arts Grant Fund. Presented in partnership with Cork Opera House and Cork Midsummer Festival and supported by Cork City Dance Artists-in-Residence Scheme at Firkin Crane and Dance Ireland. Junk Ensemble are Project Artists at Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

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 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.

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

Cultural Priorities for Cork City

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.

FAQ's Lord Mayor's Creative Call for Children FAQ's Lord Mayor's Creative Call for Children.pdf (size 105.7 KB)

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.