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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is a unique and culturally rich part of the country, and home to a vibrant creative community. DLR County Council has a strong track record having long invested in the area’s cultural capital, and down the years the Council has commissioned and produced an array of festivals, exhibitions, residencies, school projects and public art programmes to grow and sustain local arts development.

Our vision of Creative Ireland is that every person living in the County will have the opportunity to fully realise his or her creative potential. Participation and access are central to the vision. Connecting artists and other creators to communities is also regarded as essential to realising our Creative Ireland Programme.

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What’s a Scéal Trail?

DLR's Scéal Trail is the first outdoor 'story walk' in Ireland to be delivered by either public libraries or as a private initiative, bringing the library service to the outdoors and into the public realm. A scéal trail or story walk is a picture book delivered in an exhibition format that you can follow, from beginning to end, as you walk with your family or friends.

Culture and Creativity Team

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Catherine Gallagher

Creative Ireland Co-Ordinator


Ian Smalley

Administrative Officer


Carolyn Brown

Arts Office


Karen Cahill

Communications Office

Helen Griffin

Community & Social Inclusion Dept.

Dearbhla Lawson

Director of Community & Cultural Development


Joanne Maher

Executive Architect


Owen Laverty

Head of Local Enterprise


Shelley Healy



Ciara Jones

Senior Executive Librarian


Marian Keyes

Senior Executive Librarian


Ruairí O'Dulaing

Senior Parks Superintendent


Our Strategy

In order to achieve our vision for culture and creativity, we have identified six key priorities that are to be implemented over the timeframe of the Strategy. The process for identifying these Strategic Priorities has been achieved through public consultation and the alignment of objectives in existing culture-related strategies within DLR. ...

• Creative Place Making
• Empowering Creative Communities
• Creativity and Innovation
• Quality of Life and Well-Being
• Partnership and Collaboration
• Awareness Raising

Our ambition for Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown is to enable creativity in all its guises and forms to flourish and grow as an intrinsic part of life of the people, the place and the partnerships that lie at the heart of this Programme.