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One hundred and thirty local Cavan people attended the Creative Ireland meeting held by Minister Heather Humphreys and her team at the Hotel Kilmore last night. John Concannon, Creative Ireland gave an excellent presentation on the five pillars of Creative Ireland and how Central Government want to work with and in local communities to make Ireland a better place to live by placing culture and well being at the heart of the agenda.
Ideas from the gathering were shared following a brain storming exercise and will be collated by the local cultural team to form part of the Cultural Policy for the County. Many issues that have surfaced at previously consultations arose and new ideas were forthcoming. The overwhelming mood in the room was the importance of the involvement of children and young people and that money or geographic location should not be a barrier to children fully participating in our cultural life.
The cultural team in Cavan County Council are: Tom Sullivan, chair, Teresa Treacy, secretary, Eoin Doyle, director, Anne Marie Ward, Savina Donohoe, Jane Crudden, Padraic Mc Intyre, Conor Harrington and Catriona O Reilly.
About Creative Ireland
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.
Creative Ireland aims to bring an enhanced level of coordination, focus and leadership to existing policies and initiatives across national and local government, State agencies, the arts and culture sector, Gaeltacht and Irish language organisations, and will provide linkages to the private business and NGO sectors.
This event on Monday, 10 April will seek input from artists, creatives and community groups as to how County Cavan can engage with the Creative Ireland programme’s five key pillars:
· 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
· Unifying our Global Reputation
The event will be opened by Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Fergal Curtin; also present at the event will be Programme Director John Concannon, who will explain the Government’s vision for Creative Ireland and place County Cavan’s efforts in a national context, along with Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, and Chief Executive of Cavan County Council, Tommy Ryan.
All are welcome to this event. For further information on Creative Ireland, visit www.creativeireland.ie
To apply for a Cavan County Council Creative Ireland grant, give a brief 300-500 word outline of your project, explaining how it is aligned with two or more Creative Ireland pillars. Applications must be submitted by post to Culture Team Co-ordinator, County Cavan Library Service, Johnston Central Library, Farnham St Cavan, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday, 21 April.