About the Creative Ireland Programme

The Creative Ireland Programme is guided by a vision that every person in Ireland will have the opportunity to realise their full creative potential. It is a five year all-of-Government initiative, from 2017 to 2022, to place creativity at the centre of public policy.

Creative Ireland is a culture-based programme designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing. The core proposition is that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity, with significant implications for individual and societal wellbeing and achievement.

Creative Sligo Open Call Funding 2021

A five-year Sligo Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022 has been published by Sligo County Council. A key element in this strategic plan is to enable creativity in every community. The Creative Sligo Open Call is an opportunity for the cultural sector, community groups, artists and creatives to apply for funding in order to work collaboratively with communities, places of interest and latest technologies in realising the vision of Creative Ireland, in 2021.

The closing date for applications was Tuesday 30th March 2021, 5PM*.

**This application date has expired**

The Five Pillars of the Programme:

  1. Children and Youth: Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child
  2. Creative Communities: Enabling Creativity in Every Community
  3. Cultural Investment: Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure
  4. Creative Industries: Ireland as a Centre of Creative Excellence
  5. Global Reputation: A Creative and Cultural Nation

Local Authorities have a crucial role in the local delivery of the Creative Ireland Programme and are exclusively mandated, through their Culture Teams, to deliver Pillar 2 of the programme. This devolution of responsibility for the Creative Ireland Programme to local authorities is inspired by the extraordinary impact of local authority co-ordinated collaborative projects for the 1916 Centenary Programme.


Cosmopolitan yet singular, ancient yet forward-thinking, Sligo enjoys its much-deserved status as the cultural capital of the northwest of Ireland. The county’s rich literary and cultural heritage, which stretches back to ancient times, is an energising force for the citizens of Sligo, as well as a wonderful showcase for visitors from around the globe.

The famous medieval manuscripts the Book of Ballymote, the Great Book of Lecan, and the Yellow Book of Lecan were written in Sligo, and so central to the identity of the county is its literary legacy that the county crest even features an open book with Celtic cross and red rose. Folk heroine Queen Maeve is reputed to be entombed here, and among Sligo’s famous creatives past and present are poet and Nobel laureate William Butler Yeats, musical luminaries James Morrison, Westlife and The Conway Sisters, and artist Jack Butler Yeats.

Since obtaining the title of European Capital of Volunteering in 2017, Sligo’s contributions to the Creative Ireland programme, centred around the themes of identity, culture and citizenship, continue to highlight an exemplary approach to creative access for all its citizens, and help to secure this rich heritage for generations to come. For more goto https://www.creativeireland.gov.ie/en/creative-communities/sligo

Creative Ireland Team

Donal Tinney
Creative Ireland Coordinator & Librarian

Martin Lydon
Chief Executive, Sligo County Council

Dorothy Clarke
Director of Services

Patricia Keane
Senior Executive Librarian

Margaret McConnell
Senior Executive Officer

Mary McDonagh
Public Art Officer

Stephen Walshe
Admin Officer LEO

Ultan McNasser
Executive Librarian

Michael Carthy
Senior Executive Engineer, Tourism

Lou McGrath

Siobhan Ryan
Heritage Officer

Michelle Brennan
Librarian, Acting