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€175k funding for Creative Ireland projects in Limerick

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Creative Ireland 2022 Limerick initiatives will receive a funding allocation of €175,161. Pictured above is Yard Duets, a Creative Ireland Limerick project. Picture: Kirsty Lyons.

€175k funding for Creative Ireland projects in Limerick

Creative Ireland 2022 Limerick

Limerick Men’s Shed was involved in Creative Ireland projects last year.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD and Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’ Brien TD, have announced a funding allocation of €175,161 for the implementation of Creative Ireland 2022 Limerick initiatives. Since the Creative Ireland Programme was launched in 2017, it has received investment of €21 million from the two aforementioned Government departments. This has enabled local authorities to deliver over 5,700 community-led creative projects.

The newly announced Creative Ireland 2022 Limerick funding is part of a €6.6 million investment in local authorities throughout the country that will support creative projects which help connect people and encourage creativity and wellbeing in 2022. The Creative Ireland Programme is committed to the vision that every person in their community should have the opportunity to realise their full creative potential.

During 2021 in Limerick, the Creative Ireland Culture and Creativity Team delivered 51 projects including Dance Limerick’s Creativity in Older Age project, which saw the group bring short dance works to ten residential care homes in the county. The project enabled Dance Limerick to expand its civic role within the county and to bring dance out of the studio and into care homes, providing residents with a high-quality experience of dance and social interaction with artists. 

Other projects included a collaboration from Limerick Printmakers and Limerick’s Men’s Sheds through a series of introductory print workshops that celebrated the reopening of the Men’s Shed after lockdown. The project culminated in an exhibition of participants work.

Minister for Culture, Catherine Martin, said, “I am very pleased to continue to support the excellent work undertaken by local authorities on behalf of the Creative Ireland Programme. Every Creative Ireland project delivered by our local authority teams harnesses the creative potential of our people and their communities.

“Their work is the cornerstone of the Creative Ireland Programme and brings together local expertise in arts, heritage, libraries, enterprise and community engagement in a meaningful and inspired way. As we emerge from the last two years, I know that they will once again deliver creative programmes that can build resilience, foster personal confidence and sustain their communities”.

Minister for Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, added, “Local authorities have extensive expertise across heritage, arts, libraries as well as vital local relationships. I firmly believe that culture plays a key role in local government’s work in creating great places to live and work. Creative Communities takes this a step further. Culture and creativity can be part of responses to social isolation, to creating a sense of place and to integrating new communities.”

“Our Local Authorities are the closest arm of the State to our citizens and are well placed to engage directly with local artists and community groups,” said Minister of State for Local Government and Planning, Peter Burke. 

“Through the PPN and other statutory committees and vehicles, they are linked in with our older people, members of the traveller community, community and voluntary groups and key stakeholders in every locality in the country. This scheme is wide-reaching, and as a Government we want all members of society to have equal access to cultural and creative opportunities.”

For an overview of Creative Ireland projects in Limerick go HERE

For more stories on Creative Ireland in Limerick go HERE

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