Public’s Input Wanted For Creative Ireland Kerry Strategy

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KERRY County Council’s Creative Ireland Kerry Office is inviting people of all ages, across Kerry, to help inform the priorities to deliver the next Creative Ireland Kerry Strategy 2023-2027.

Cathaoirleach of Kerry, Cllr. John Francis Flynn has welcomed this invitation. “Creativity has people at its heart, and in Kerry there are many people who are involved in creativity, and many people who need to have more opportunity to get involved.”

He further stated that; ‘The Creative Ireland Kerry programme has done great work these past five years, there is no doubt in my mind that the next five years will bring more communities on board and bring creativity into many more homes across Kerry”.

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Nationally, the Creative Ireland programme has five key pillars for the next five years these are: (1) Creative Youth, (2) Creative Community, (3) Creative Industries, (4) Creative Health and Well-being, (5) Creative Climate Action and Sustainability.

Creative Ireland defines creativity broadly as: “A set of innate abilities and learned skills; the capacity of individuals and organisations to transcend accepted ideas and norms and, by drawing on imagination, to create new ideas that bring additional value to human activity”.

Kerry County Council has been progressive in adapting its programme over the past five years to work with communities and the creative sector.

The programme has moved from grants based year one, to projects of scale and ambition year two and three, as was the ask at the time nationally.

All programme delivery is available to view on the website 

“Creative Ireland is very much about citizen and societal well-being’ stated Arts Officer and Creative Ireland Coordinator in Kerry, Kate Kennelly, ‘As we shape a new strategy, supported by Creative Ireland & the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media, we want Creative Ireland to be about the people of Kerry, and very much for the people of Kerry’.

Consultation is open via an online Questionnaire  and also via an online public meeting Thursday 14th July at 6.15 pm’.

To register for this meeting and receive the meeting link,  please email to

If people want to submit ideas in writing they are welcome to do so to or to the Arts Office, County Buildings, Rathass, Tralee. For calls please phone 066 7183541, Monday to Friday 9-5.

“We hope to have the draft strategy available for public consultation early in the final quarter of 2022,” said Kate.

Full details will be available on Kerry County Council’s website and through online Arts Service social media @KerryCoArts.

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