Latest Laois News: Extension of Creative Ireland Laois Programme until 2027

Latest Laois News: Extension of Creative Ireland Laois Programme until 2027

Creative Ireland Laois Programme extended to 2027

The exciting extension of the national Creative Ireland Programme was announced by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD earlier this year.  The programme was established as a legacy initiative of the hugely successful Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme – this unique programme enjoys the accolade of being the only programme of its kind in the world.

At the core of the programme is the founding vision that creativity must be at the very heart of public policy and that participation in cultural and creative activity effectively promotes the wellbeing of the individual, the community and the nation at large.  Collaborating across government and in tandem with arts, community and voluntary organisations, the Creative Ireland Programme deploys creativity as a vital strategy for wellbeing, social cohesion and economic success.

Muireann Ní Chonaill Arts Officer & Creative Ireland Coordinator for Laois County Council said:

“On behalf of Laois County Council Culture & Creativity Team, I am delighted to welcome to Laois Sheila Deegan from the Creative Ireland Programme to share with us the focus of the Programme for the next 5 years.  This programme to date has been innovative and effective in delivering opportunities for people to explore their creative potential with Creative Ireland Laois under the Creative Communities pillar receiving a total investment of €837,220 from 2018-2022.  Key initiatives such as Cruinniú na nÓg and Creativity in Older Age have become embedded in Laois’s cultural infrastructure.  Laois County Council Culture & Creativity Team consists of representation from Arts, Heritage, Libraries, Housing, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Music Generation Laois and LOETB’s Local Creative Youth Partnership.  With the support of colleagues, artists and our creative communities, I look forward to working on the development of a new Culture & Creativity Strategy for 2023-2027 that will continue to enhance people’s lives across the county in the coming years.”

Creative Communities is a collaboration, between central and local government, between culture and industry, between artists, policy makers and communities.  Since the programme was launched in 2017, there has been an investment of €21 million from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, in Creative Ireland initiatives undertaken by local authorities.

At a recent meeting of the Creative Ireland Laois programme were Front
L-R Muireann Ní Chonaill, Arts Officer & Creative Ireland Coordinator;
Rosa Flannery, Music Generation Laois; Cllr Conor Bergin, Cathaoirleach
Laois County Council; Sheila Deegan, Creative Ireland Programme; Tom
Curran, Age Friendly Programme. Back L-R Bridie Keenan, Assistant Arts
Officer; Ann Lawlor, Creative Ireland Laois; Donal Brennan, Director of
Services; Pat Wallis, LOETB’s Local Creative Youth Partnership; Ann
Marie Maher, Sport & Leisure; Catherine Casey, Heritage Officer; Bernie
Foran, County Librarian. Photo credit: Michael Scully

Sheila Deegan from the Creative Ireland Programme said:

“Local authorities have extensive expertise across heritage, arts, libraries as well as vital local relationships.  It is firmly believed that culture plays a key role in local government remits in creating great places to live and work.  Creative Communities takes this a step further. Culture and creativity can be part of responses to social isolation, to creating a sense of place and to integrating new communities.  We at the Creative Ireland Programme are looking forward to another 5 years of working with Laois County Council’s Culture & Creativity Team and creative communities to stimulate creativity for young and older people, members of the traveller community, voluntary groups and key stakeholders.  This programme is wide reaching, and we want all members of society to have equal access to cultural and creative opportunities.”

Set to continue for a further five years, encompassing the period 2023-2027, the Creative Ireland Programme will focus on the following areas: Creative Youth, Creative Communities, Creative Industries, Creative Health and Wellbeing, and Creative Climate Action and Sustainability.  It is anticipated that a final framework of Clár Éire Ildánach/Creative Ireland Programme 2023-2027 will be brought to Government for its final agreement in Autumn 2022 prior to its publication, launch and implementation on an all-of-government basis.

For information on the Creative Ireland Laois programme, go to and For opportunities and upcoming activities, follow Creative Ireland Laois on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.