'The Táin Tapestry'
Longford is to receive €175,161 for the implementation of Creative Ireland local authority projects.
The 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.
Since the Creative Ireland Programme was launched in 2017, it has received investment of €21 million from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
This has enabled local authorities to deliver over 5,700 community-led creative projects to support their respective Culture and Creativity Strategies 2018-2022 along with the flagship Cruinniú na nÓg – the national day of free creativity for children and young people that takes place in June.
During 2021 in Longford, the Creative Ireland Culture and Creativity Team delivered 49 projects including:
'The Táin Tapestry' - an inter-county collaborative community arts project, where five tapestries/banners will be created, each one depicting a scene from Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath, Meath and Louth, as told in the great epic 'Táin Bó Cúailnge'. Artist Sophie Coyle designed and led the project with help from a local project facilitator in each county who worked with a group of sewers/needleworkers.
In May 2021 the 25th Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival was hosted virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions. Virtual event participants included John Connell writer, Annemarie Ni Churreain poet, David Butler writer, Laura McKenna writer, Cliona Ó Gallichoir writer and Professor of English UCC who spoke about Digital Humanities.
Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, said “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."
Minister of State for Local Government and Planning, Peter Burke, TD, said: “Our Local Authorities are the closest arm of the State to our citizens and are well placed to engage directly with local artists and community groups. Through the PPN and other statutory committees and vehicles, they are linked in with our older people, members of the traveller community, community and voluntary groups and key stakeholders in every locality in the country. This scheme is wide reaching, and as a Government we want all members of society to have equal access cultural and creative opportunities.”
For an overview of Creative Ireland projects in Longford please go to https://www.creativeireland. gov.ie/en/longford/
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