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Creative Ireland Programme

Creative Ireland is a national Programme administered locally, which connects people, creativity and wellbeing.

Established in 2017, Creative Ireland was born out of Ireland 2016, the hugely successful state initiative to mark the hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising. The Programme drew inspiration from the extraordinary public response to the Centenary and the thousands of largely culture-based events exploring issues of identity, community, culture, heritage and citizenship led by Local Authorities across the Country.

Through partnerships with local and national government, cultural and enterprise agencies and local enterprise, Donegal County Council, enabled by the Creative Ireland Programme create pathways and opportunities for people and communities to unlock their creative potential.


Creative Ireland Strategic Plan for Donegal:


To view upcoming events and opportunities across Donegal visit Donegal - Creative Ireland Programme


Find out more about the Creative Ireland Programme here.



2024 Culture and Creativity Project Awards

25 Donegal projects have each been awarded €2,000 each by the Donegal Culture & Creativity Project Awards Scheme 2024. This funding opportunity is being made available through the Creative Ireland programme which is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Donegal County Council.

Community groups and individuals were able to apply for funding for projects that addresses culture, heritage, arts or creative industries. This year there was a significant increase in applications for the awards, with 75 valid applications being received.

The Donegal Culture & Creativity Project Awards Scheme promotes collaboration and fosters creativity as envisaged in the Creative Ireland programme.  Creative Ireland is a culture-based programme designed to promote individual, community and national well-being. Local Authorities across the country, including Donegal County Council, are working in partnership with Creative Ireland to deliver Pillar 2 of the Creative Ireland programme that aims to ‘Enable Creativity in Every Community’. Creative Ireland defines culture as “The shared values, patterns of behaviour, customs and forms of expression that characterise different social groups and communities at any given time”.

The 25 groups and individuals who have received awards are:

  • The Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School.
  • The Disert Heritage Group.
  • Eve Li - Myths & Legends From Around The World.
  • Dr. Angela Byrne- Ballyshannon Mall through Time: An Exhibition.
  • Greencastle Community Development CLG- Buachaill a'dreoilín.
  • Áine Rose Connell- Bruckless: Walking Through Local History Project.
  • Leanne McLaughlin & Pobail le Chéile- Comhleá.
  • Nature North West- Ireland’s Native Trees 2024.
  • The Workhouse, Dunfanaghy- Building the Boat.
  • Inishowen Traditional Music Project- Our music, Our place.
  • Brenda Kelly- Boy Racer - A Play.
  • MicMan Media- Man Of Stone - A documentary film.
  • Indian Community Centre- Donegal Mela.
  • Dunfanaghy Resource Centre- Building the boat, The story of life on the coast.
  • Sinead Gallagher- Community Singing, Le Cheile.
  • Muileann Coirce Leitir CT- The life and times of Leitir Corn Mill.
  • Donegal Town Community Chamber- Donegal 550 Festival of Light.
  • Donegal Railway Heritage Museum- Telling the story of the Donegal Railway.
  • Charlie Joe Doherty- Wake House.
  • The Creeslough View- Creeslough QR Quest: Unlocking the Past.
  • Carraig Nua Geoscience- Digital Story-Telling for Donegal's Natural and Human Heritage.
  • Culdaff Development Association- Culdaff Heritage Trail 2024.
  • Kate Robb & John McCarron- The JB Collection: Inishowen Pots.
  • Wild Awake Ireland- Cruinniú na Lughnasadh.
  • Stewart McClean- Project Orange.