Ministers announce €175,161 of funding in 2022 for Creative Ireland local authority projects in Sligo

Ministers announce €175,161 of funding in 2022 for Creative Ireland local authority projects in Sligo

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, and the 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 initiatives in Sligo.

This funding is part of a €6.6 million investment in local authorities throughout the country that will support creative projects that will connect people, 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 Sligo, the Creative Ireland Culture and Creativity Team delivered a number of projects including the Sligo Riot Conference with over 500 online participants.  The Open Call 2021 supported the following projects:

  • Ancestors - Bettina Seitz
  • Bealach Cois Costa
  • Children’s Own Kids Own
  • Dancing Landscapes Templehand
  • Sligo Music and Landscape
  • Aireanach Night Visitor

Minister Martin said about the programme

“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.”

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, 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.”

Sligo County Council Chief Executive, Mr. Martin Lydon welcomed the funding stating that

“The Creative Ireland funding enables Sligo’s thriving arts and creative scene and builds on Sligo’s title as the cultural capital of Ireland’s North West.” 

Sligo County Council Cathaoirleach, Councillor Paul Taylor added that

“The funding announcement supports art in the community and builds on our reputation as a place where culture and creativity thrives.”

For an overview of Creative Ireland projects in Sligo please go to