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Cork County

Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022

Occupying one-tenth of the country at close to 7,500 square kilometres and with a population of over 417,000 people, County Cork’s creative and cultural heritage is as multifaceted and ever-evolving as it is undeniably distinct. Contemporary yet historic, with incredible built, natural, archaeological, cultural and maritime heritage - as well as two Gaeltacht areas - there is no shortage of cultural inspiration in this haven of creativity.

The rich artistic heritage of County Cork is evidenced by the sheer breadth of artists and creators who have called it home, from Seán Ó Ríada and Captain Francis O’Neill to Elizabeth Bowen, Seán Ó Riordáin, William Trevor and Séamus Murphy - to name just a few.

County Cork’s Creative Ireland Culture and Creativity Strategy is drawing upon the resilience and passion of its citizens to develop and deliver a programme that sees artists and communities take the lead on cultural projects and events.

Today, Cork’s artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers and designers can be found sparking innovation throughout the county, from the studios and galleries of idyllic West Cork to the bustling streets and creative spaces of Ballincollig, Carrigaline, and Cork City itself.

To mark this, County Cork’s Creative Ireland Culture and Creativity Strategy is drawing upon the resilience and passion of its citizens to develop and deliver a programme that sees artists and communities take the lead on cultural projects and events, highlighting and celebrating the expansive culture of County Cork as a whole and promoting and preserving its artistic heritage for future generations.