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Cruinniú 2017, Cork County

Cork County

‘Creative Ireland is making a real difference in the County of Cork with communities and individuals getting involved in a range of different creative undertakings’ - Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan. The County of Cork is home to a wealth of culture and heritage and a most impressive means of expressing this through a number of creative cultural outputs. The Creative Ireland Programme seeks to put culture at the heart of everything we do, and provides the County of Cork a great opportunity to enhance and further promote and encourage the cultural undertakings of the County.

Creative Ireland allows for creativity in approach with regards to the culture that we love and how we can foster it, express it and even identify priority areas that should be focussed on. In the County of Cork, this focus is underpinned by the County’s Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022, built on the vision:

To realise the full cultural and creative potential of every person within the County; where our culture becomes us and we, as one Countywide Community, become our culture’s greatest asset; where we know our past; embrace the present and trust in the future that we are creating together.

The Strategy has 6 key objectives and over 60 actions, which were chosen with culture and creativity in mind, following extensive consultation and community involvement. Through a range of different initiatives, including the pop-up shop scheme and the Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme, Cork County Council has been in a position to support over 150 different projects and events, across all of the aims of the strategy.

Culture inspires all of us and it is hoped that the Creative Ireland Programme in the County of Cork will have long lasting effects for the growth and indeed love of culture within the County. By working together and by enhancing our culture, it will benefit our people, places and everything in between.

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Cruinniú na nÓg 2019

The Creative Ireland Programme has met with great support and enthusiasm throughout the County of Cork and in particular Cruinniú na nÓg, which on Saturday June 15th 2019 saw 35 events taking place throughout the County. Many of these took place in the County’s Library buildings and a range of further events, both indoors and outdoors, were organised by local community groups and organisations.

We Create Magic - The Children of Cappabue National School - Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

Open Video

Culture and Creativity Team

Niall Healy



Emer O'Brien

County Librarian/Creative Ireland Coordinator


Rose Carroll

SEO Tourism


Ian McDonagh

Arts Officer


Aileen Loughrey

Irish Officer


Conor Nelligan

Heritage Officer


Our Strategy

Launched locally in 2018 at the annual Creative Ireland County Cork Conference was the County Cork Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022, which contains six key aims and over 60 different actions putting culture and creativity at the heart of everything we do in the County. ...

There is a considerable focus on investing in our cultural infrastructure, encouraging creativity and community engagement in all things culture as well as learning about ourselves as an Irish people through creativity, showcasing what Cork has to offer by way of culture and strong a focus on the Irish language. It is an informed strategy, informing people all over County Cork of the benefits that culture and creativity can have.