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Cultural Companions Burrren, Co Clare


The vision for Creative Ireland Clare is “to ensure the people of Clare discover and have access to cultural expression through creative activity”. Our active Local Authority Cultural Team harnesses the expertise of its members to deliver projects throughout the year. Our priorities include creating opportunities to access innovative culture based programmes, developing the county’s creative capacity and reputation and working collaboratively to develop cultural expression and wellbeing. These priorities have evolved through an understanding of the available external resources to the programme in Clare as well as the capacity of Clare County Council to deliver on the priorities.

There are several highlights in our current programme. These include an archaeological famine house excavation with Clare Museum, a series of Children’s Poetry workshops in Clare County Library, support to the glór Arts Schools Partnership and a programme of Memoir and Creative Writing workshops in Clare County Library as well as support to the innovative Arts Office Project Vision Symphony.
Clare Cultural Companions is organised by the Rural Development Directorate – this is a social network for Clare’s older citizens which allows people to attend events together as a group. Its aim is to provide increased opportunities for older people to engage with Clare’s vibrant arts and cultural scene and to help combat social isolation. The project was nominated for a Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Award in 2019.

Nine public Project Awards were allocated in 2019 to projects with a public interface/engagement. These included a Climate Change Project in Mary Immaculate Secondary School in Lisdoonvarna, Sparks Youth Film Festival, a boat-building project with Raheen Wood Active Learning for Adolescents ALFA and a wellness project in Burren schools on cures, traditions and health practices.
The iCAN Irish Community Archive Network project is led by the National Museum of Ireland and Clare County Council Heritage Office. Five local heritage groups are participating in addition to the “Reading the Local Landscape” students and their aim is to make more local history and heritage accessible online. The “Reading the Local Landscape” course is another Heritage Office initiative that has been held in four locations in Clare in 2018 and 2019.

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Reading the Local Landscape

This very successful local heritage training course runs in partnership between Clare County Council and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) and was part funded by Creative Ireland Clare in 2018 and 2019. The course prioritises the participation of early school leavers, community advocates and heritage enthusiasts in local communities.

Culture and Creativity Team

Anne Haugh

Director of Service, Social Development Directorate


Helen Walsh

County Librarian and Creative Ireland Clare Co-ordinator


Siobhán Mulcahy

Arts Officer


John Rattigan

Clare Museum Curator


Dolores Meaney

Executive Librarian, Clare County Library


Sinéad Dixon-Slattery

Local Enterprise Office


Congella McGuire

Heritage Officer


Orla Flanagan



Michael Neylon

Rural Development


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