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Creative Ireland Longford

Majella Reid, Martin Morris, Mona Considine, Shane Crossan, Eamon Brennan, Anica Louw Dawson, Robin Duke, Sarah Keevney, Vekash Menzoor, Catherine Young, Mary Carleton Reynolds, Ronan O'Toole, Barbara

Longford County Council, in association with Creative Ireland, welcomed a wide range of community and cultural groups from across the county, to an Information/consultation evening at Backstage Theatre on Monday, January 29, last.

Almost 100 members of community groups from all areas of the county, gathered together to celebrate the success of the many creative cultural events organized throughout 2017 and to plan and look forward to collaborating on an even bigger more exciting programme in 2018 and over the next four years.


The event, which was chaired by Mary Carleton Reynolds, Longford County Coordinator for Creative Ireland, featured an opening speech by Cllr Mark Casey in his role as Chair of the Longford County Council Planning Development and Cultural Strategic Policy Committee and a member of the Creative Ireland Longford Culture Team.


Creative Ireland was represented by Sarah Keaveney of the National Office, who presented the key points that are driving the Creative Ireland vision between now and 2022.


The vision and value of Creative Ireland, from a local perspective, was summarised by Barbara Heslin, Director of Services at Longford County Council and Head of the Creative Ireland Longford Culture Team.
A short video featuring some of the highlights of 2017 compiled by Shane Crossan was screened and brief presentations were given by Martin Morris, County Archivist and Máiréad Ní Chonghaile, Heritage Officer on European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.


A number of event organisers spoke with great passion and enthusiasm about the work that they do.


They included Shawbrook Dance (Anica Louw Dawson); Backstage Theatre (Mona Considine); Still Voices Short Film Festival Ballymahon (Ronan O’Toole); Longford Comhairle na nÓg (Robin Duke); Cruthú Arts Festival and Longford School of Rock (Shane Crossan) and Catherine Young, Dancer in Residence and choreographer of ‘The Homecoming’ and Vichi, a participant in the project, from the Direct Provision Centre in Richmond Court, Longford.


At the end of the evening there was an opportunity for networking, and information was provided on the various community grants that are available from Longford County Council, Creative Ireland and Longford Community Resources ltd.


The first four year Culture and Creativity Strategy for the county is now being developed and anybody who wishes to have an input into this can do so by completing a questionnaire that can be downloaded from www.longfordcoco.ie or you can receive a copy of the questionnaire or grant application forms by emailing creativeireland@longfordcoco.ie or by calling 0433341124.

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