Creative Ireland

Programme Information

Creative Ireland Laois Projects 2021

Creative Ireland Laois Projects 2020


Anne Holland with her daughter Georgie Holland Rome and son Harry Holland Rome; Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council Catherine Fitzgerald and Michelle de Forge, Manager Dunamaise Arts Centre at the Children of the Free State Exhibition by Annie Holland at the Dunamaise Arts Centre as part of Laois County Council Culture Night supported by Creative Ireland.
Picture: Alf Harvey.


Climate Change speakers series announced (Feb 2021)

Abbeyleix Climate Action project launches “Abbeyleix Almanac TV” (Feb 2021)

Clonaslee Community celebrates successful conservation of medieval church (December 2020)

Launch of the Abbeyleix Energy Master Plan (December 2020)

Science Week panel talks on Climate Action in Abbeyleix (November 2020)

Abbeyleix Climate Action Project Launched (October 2020)

New training and professional development opportunities for cultural and creative practitioners (September 2020)


Creative Ireland is a five-year Programme which connects people, creativity and wellbeing. It is an all-of-government culture and wellbeing programme that inspires and transforms people, places and communities through creativity. Working with Creative Ireland at national level, the Laois Culture Team is committed to the vision that every person in Ireland should have the opportunity to realise their full creative potential.

Through partnerships with local and national government, cultural and enterprise agencies and local enterprise, Creative Ireland creates pathways and opportunities for people and communities to unlock their creative potential.

The Programme is built around key themes: Creative YouthCreative Communities, Creative Places, Creative Nation.

Creative Communities is a local authority-led initiative which pioneers and supports local creative projects in arts, heritage, local history, STEAM and the creative industries. In Laois, the Creative Communities Programme is led by the Laois Culture Team, working to deliver a five-year Culture and Creativity Strategy for the County.

Laois Culture Team members with Tania Banotti Director of Creative Ireland and Cllr Willie Aird, Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council, at the Arthouse Stradbally in 2019. Photo Michael Scully.


The over-arching theme of the Creative Communities programme in Laois is “Sense of Place” and we aim to create a county in which culture and creativity are recognised as integral to life with opportunities for everyone in the county to become involved in creativity and culture be that as initiators and innovators as well as participants and audiences.

The values inherent in achieving our ambitious programme include,
-Striving for excellence in all areas of cultural and creativity
-Building the confidence of Laois to take its place as a leader in the cultural arena
-Using creativity to improve quality of life in Laois
-Embedding a culture of collaboration within the local authority and the wider community

Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council Catherine Fitzgerald with County Librarian Bernie Foran; Laois Heritage Officer Catherine Casey; Regina McGinley, Historian in Residence; Caroline Conway, Artist and Mary Brady, Arts Officer at In celebration of Helen Roe, a looped video production by Caroline Conway for Creative Ireland Laois assisted by Laois County Library Archive Services and presented by Dunamaise Arts Centre as part of Laois County Council Culture Night at the Old Fort Wall, Portlaoise.
Picture: Alf Harvey.