Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Ceisteanna (50)

Joe Carey


50. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the details of the €2.13 million in funding through Culture Ireland for Irish arts globally in 2019; and the projects with involvement from County Clare. [1775/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

On Monday on 31 December, 2018 I announced approval of over €2.13m in funding by Culture Ireland for the promotion of Irish arts globally in 2019.

Of this amount a total of €1.16m is accounted for by over 160 projects enabling Irish artists and arts organisations to present their work covering architecture, circus, dance, film, literature, music, opera, theatre and the visual arts in more than 40 different countries and build on Ireland’s strong global reputation for creativity.

Also included in the awards is a total of €975,000 to annual funding for the promotion of Irish literature, music and film through resource organisations and Ireland’s cultural centres in Paris and New York who partner Culture Ireland to present ongoing programmes of Irish artists abroad.

The breakdown of the annual funding is as follows:


Amount allocated

Centre Culturel Irlandais


First Music Contact


Irish Arts Center


Irish Film Institute Intl.


Literature Ireland




Through Culture Ireland’s most recent funding round we have supported the following three applications by artists and arts organisations based in county Clare for this year:

Salmon Poetry is being funded €2,500 to present Irish writers at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference & Bookfair, at the Portland Convention Center , USA in late March. Salmon Poetry has been taking part in AWP for 14 years and has been described as central to the promotion of Irish writers in the US by the AWP development.

Culture Ireland will also support new film installation work by County Clare visual artist Shelagh Honan at seven international exhibitions during 2019 in Slovenia, Lithuania, Spain, France and Croatia. Shelagh has been selected by Limerick School of Art and Design and Wom@rts for this project and is being supported by Culture Ireland with €3,500 in funding. The exhibition will be presented at each of location for a period of 2 months.

Culture Ireland will fund €4,000 for participation by Music of Oriel as a program headliner at the National Festival, Canberra, Australia, in April. The National Festival is a huge supporter of traditional Irish Music, having showcased many traditional artists in previous years including Sharon Shannon, Andy Irvine and many more.