• Pippa Hackett

Creative Ireland Local Authority Funding 2022

Minister Catherine Martin and Minister Darragh O’ Brien announce €6.6 million in 2022 for Creative Ireland local authority projects


I’m delighted to see Laois and Offaly Local Authorities each receiving €175,161 through the Creative Communities Scheme this year, following an announcement by my colleague Arts Minister Catherine Martin today.


Laois is bringing its arts and creativity to the fore with events like the Anne Jellicoe Celebration, Opening a Window on the Past: Lucy Franks and Helen Maybury Roe, and Rathdowney’s mural artwork.

In Offaly, Birr is a shining example of how funding from the Creative Ireland fund can be put to good use. Its ‘Lighting Up the Night’ project was a beautifully lit-up trail highlighting its Georgian buildings and illuminated windows.


This funding includes planning for an enhanced Cruinniú na nÓg - Ireland’s national day celebrating young people’s creativity in June 2022. There will be projects around Creativity in Older Age with opportunities for older people to participate in creative activities. Finally, Creative Climate Action projects in partnership with Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications will use the talents of artists and the wider creative industries to connect people with profound changes happening in our environment, society and economy arising from climate change.

Creative Communities is a collaboration, between central and local government, between culture and industry, between artists, policy makers and communities. More information on today's announcement on gov.ie

Indoor shot of large high ceiling church like space. Some people seated with backs to camera and one speaker addressing them from far end of room.
''Opening a Window on the Past' publication launch at Bloom HQ 2021. Image Credit: Alf Harvey