Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022

What is the Creative Ireland Programme?

Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016. It is a five-year all-of-government initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.

The programme has five pillars:

1. Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child – A key objective of Pillar 1 is that by 2022 every child in Ireland will have access to tuition and participation in art, music, drama and coding.

2. Enabling Creativity in Every Community – The primary objective of this pillar is citizen engagement with their County Culture and Creativity Plans.

3. Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure – High quality infrastructure is critical for a vibrant arts and culture sector, and investment in this infrastructure underpins social cohesion and supports strong and sustainable economic growth.

4. Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media Production – The long-term objective of this pillar is to elevate the creative industries including: media, architecture, design, digital technology, fashion, food and crafts, fostering innovation in enterprise.

5. Unifying our Global Reputation – This pillar will involve many Government Departments, state agencies and local government in promoting our country on the international stage in terms of culture and creativity, striving to increase our influence in the world, with direct and indirect economic and social benefits.

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Monaghan County Council Cultural and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022

Monaghan County Council has developed a five year Cultural and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022 in association with Creative Ireland. Our vision is to maximise opportunities for engagement in culture and creativity, to nurture our creative talent, whilst embedding the individual, social and economic benefits. Each year we wish to develop a programme of work/events which corresponds with one or more of the strategy priorities.

Download our strategy here: Culture & Creativity 5 Year Strategy 2018 2022 (PDF)

Cruinniú na Óg 2021

Saturday 12th June

Ireland is the first, and only, country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18. Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme, a Creative Youth plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people.  For 2021, we are joining forces again with our colleagues in Cavan County Council and Local Arts in Education Partnership to deliver a diverse online programme of activities for children and young people to engage in. From the magic of music and song writing to rapping the best beats, dance with Dublin Youth Theatre or illustrate your hours away, we will making totems and wigwams, whilst others will be getting behind the lens of a camera and dabbling in film making, to mediating storytelling with movement and music sessions or find out everything you need to know about creating horrific monsters and awful villains and how to make them into likable, well-rounded main characters… before murdering them horribly.

For more information on our programme go to Creative Ireland Website

You can view and book many of our 2021 events now at

Queries can be emailed to

So, there’s no excuse – get online, get creative and get sharing #CreativeIreland #CreativeMonaghan

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