Wednesday 20 June 2018
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45 Community Projects Approved under Cork County Council Creative Ireland Initiative 2018

45 Community Projects Approved under Cork County Council Creative Ireland Initiative 2018

Cork County will be the host of several creative community events this summer following the announcement of successful grants this week as part of Cork County Council’s Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme 2018.

This initiative is being delivered through a number of different mechanisms, in keeping with the National Creative Ireland Programme and tailored at the Local Level, through the delivery of County Cork’s community inspired Culture and Creativity Strategy (to be launched shortly), which seeks to put culture and creativity at the heart of communities.

One of the key mechanisms for delivering on cultural engagement within the County is the Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme.

Some of the projects funded under the Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme for 2018 are as follows:

·         Charleville Historical Society – Annual Charleville Festival of History – €1,000

·         Cúisle Avondhu – Traditional Music Workshops – €500

·         Dámhscoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhlionn – Archive & Disply of Dámhscoil Mhúscraí – €1,200

·         Donoughmore Community Council – 49th Annual Carnival – €500

·         Iniscarra History Society – Publication of historic Journal – €1,000

·         Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Association – Terence McSwiney weekend – €2,000

·         Love & Care for People CLG (Dromtariffe/Dromagh) – 2018 Sásta International Children Arts Festival – €2,000

Welcoming the funding for these organisations, local Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’ She said “Creative Ireland is our Ireland. It is the Ireland we value and the Ireland we want to pass on to the next generation. Implementation of the Creative Ireland County Cork Initiative is further enhancing growth and awareness of cultural services and activities within the County, benefiting economic, social and community development, and is furthermore supporting more and more communities as they fully embrace, look after, promote and creatively express the culture they hold dear. I want to wish all the organisations well in the successful delivery of these projects over the coming months”.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Declan Hurley has noted that ‘these projects supported by the Scheme truly demonstrate the enthusiasm, commitment and dedication within the County of Cork by people from all different groups and communities, in supporting and promoting the wonderful culture that exists. The Creative Ireland Programme has been warmly welcomed here in County Cork and these projects will enhance the cultural offering of the County even further’.

The 45 applications cover each of the five Creative Ireland Strands and will see projects in each and every Municipal District. From projects supporting Irish language and culture to projects focusing on youthful educational projects and performances and inter-generational projects, there is a great variety of activities set to take place. The Arts, Heritage, Tourism, Irish and the County’s Cultural Literacy will all benefit as a result.

Cork County Council’s Chief Executive Tim Lucey has commended Cork County Council’s Culture Team and their support and promotion of culture within the County, under the direction of Mary Ryan, Director of Municipal District Operations and Rural Development.

The running of this grant scheme highlights Cork County Council’s commitment towards supporting those community groups and individuals actively involved in Culture within the County.

An upcoming day when this cultural involvement will come to the fore is Saturday 23rd June 2018 – Cruinniú na nÓg – a national day of culture for young people. To find out more about Cruinniú na nÓg and the Creative Ireland Programme as a whole here in the County of Cork click here or email creative.ireland@corkcoco.ie