The Centenary Year in the County of Cork, 2016, was of tremendous success, as it was across the entire nation. In response to the heightened sense of shared identity that was established in 2016, and in respect of the breadth of cultural activity and public engagement that took place, the Irish Government has embarked on an insightful legacy project that sets out to harness the country's culture and heritage over the next five years with the purpose of ensuring 'that Ireland offers a meaningful, value driven quality of life'.
The project, titled 'CREATIVE IRELAND', is an ambitious one and has full government support, firmly based on the principles of collaboration and communication, community empowerment and internationalisation. It has five key strands; Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child; Enabling Creativity in Every Community; Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure; Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media Production and Unifying our Global Reputation.
The Community Participation strand is being led by local authorities across the country and Cork County Council is currently undertaking a 2017 Creative Ireland action plan for County Cork, as well as a five-year strategy up until 2022, to tie in with the aims of the National Creative Ireland Initiative.
In addition, and one of the cornerstones of the National Creative Ireland Initiative, is the establishment of a new national day of cultural celebration - Criunniú na Cásca - that will take place on Easter Monday, April 17th this year, and each and every Easter Monday henceforth. Cork County Council will be promoting a whole range of activities being undertaken by local groups on the day and a number of Creative Ireland workshops will be taking place in County Cork over the coming weeks.

A full update regarding the Creative Ireland Programme and details regarding Crinniú na Cásca in County Cork 2017, will be announced next week. In the meantime, the national Creative Ireland plan is available to view by clicking here.