Wednesday 21 February 2018

Invitation to get creative issued

Enabling creativity in every community is a core pillar of the Creative Ireland Programme, an ambitious five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which will place Ireland's strongest assets - our culture and creative communities - at the centre of public policy.

Having demonstrated in 2016 its capacity to activate and support community engagement and participation in marking the Centenary year through a wide range of arts, culture and heritage initiatives, Fingal County Council is now set to embrace the Creative Ireland programme and take responsibility for the roll-out of creativity within the community.

Fingal County Council's Director of Housing and Community, Margaret Geraghty, will chair the Creative Ireland Fingal group which is made up of representatives from different departments and sections within the Council. It has been tasked with enabling creativity in every community within the county. Eithne Mallin, who led Fingal's 2016 Commemoration Programme, has been appointed as the Creative Ireland co-ordinator for Fingal County Council.

Announcing the appointments to the Creative Ireland Fingal group, Paul Reid, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, said: 'Enabling Creativity in every Community is the primary instrument for delivery of the Creative Ireland programme objectives by local authorities throughout the country. It is recognised that local authorities are the leaders of community engagement and that we have a particular capacity for programme delivery especially in the context of citizen engagement. Fingal County Council is looking forward to challenge of stimulating creativity throughout the county over the next five years.'

Creative Ireland will lead the development of a dedicated Culture and Creativity plan for Fingal, based on the premise that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity, with significant implications for individual and societal wellbeing.

Fingal County Council and Creative Ireland will host an open meeting on Monday, April 24 from 7pm to 9pm in the Carlton Hotel, Old Airport Road, to share details about the Programme and to explore opportunities to increase access, engagement and collaboration in the local arts, creative industries and community activities in Fingal. Anybody interested is requested to register at Eventbrite before Tuesday, April 18. Enquiries can be submitted by email to or by calling 01 8905097.

Fingal Independent

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