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Creative Ireland, County Kerry


The vision for Kerry is to ensure people across Kerry truly value and experience creativity. Through creativity we will cultivate wellbeing in communities; increasing people’s participation in, and ownership of, creative experiences whilst growing Kerry’s creative profile. Creative Ireland Kerry: own it, be it!

As a Local Authority, we work to enhance the lives of our citizens and recognise that, by enabling greater access to creativity, we are working for a better quality of life for people. Kerry is internationally renowned for its scenic beauty and nationally renowned for its football achievements; through the Creative Ireland Programme we will work to ensure our equally impressive living culture receives due recognition and a vastly increased profile.
We will work with the people of Kerry to ensure we are delivering a strong programme that reflects and promotes the wealth of creativity in our county.
Creative Ireland Kerry values community, collaboration, communication, participation, inclusivity and empowerment.
Creative Ireland Kerry has delivered these values in several successful projects including:

The Lost Palace of Lixnaw
The retelling of the lost history of a golden age in Lixnaw’s illustrious past using artforms of drama, theatre, storytelling, video and craft making to retell Lixnaw’s 18th Century history.

Knocknagoshel Halloween project
A Street Spectacle project by National Circus Festival Ireland to engage the community of Knocknagoshel in creating a fire sculpture that became part of the Knochknagoshel Halloween festival and then rolled out the resulting fire sculpture as part of the National Circus Festival in Tralee.

An Illustrated Inventory of Everyday Objects
Alison MacCormaic and Nora Duggan’s project that captures a sense of time and place in North Kerry using workshops, inventory making, animation and mosaics.

Living Museum
The Glucksman gallery in Cork leading a 'The Classroom Museum' project with 2 South Kerry Schools- Portmagee NS & Caherdaniel.

Nature Music
Composer Seán Ó Dálaigh and the Scotia Ensemble collaboration on amalgamating the live sounds of nature into a classical composition

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Listowel Characters

This project takes quotes, conversations and experts from the work of Listowel and North Kerry poets, songwriters and writers and turns them into bold, colourful and thought-provoking typographic murals around the town. This project provides a collaborative platform for local groups and the local community to work on a beneficial and worthwhile project, to reinvigorate the streets of Listowel and provide a key art installation for visitors experiencing the town and the North Kerry Greenway.

Creative Ireland Kerry Projects 2021

Open Video

Culture and Creativity Team

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Kate Kennelly

Creative Ireland Coordinator & Arts Officer


Sean Mulchinock

Creative Ireland Project Administrator


Moira Murrell

Chief Executive, Kerry County Council


Michael Scannell

Director of Services, Economic & Community Development


John Breen

Director of Services, Sustainable Communities & Quality of Life


Helen O’Carroll

Kerry County Museum Curator


Dr Michael Connolly

County Archaeologist


Tommy O’Connor

County Librarian


Tomás Hayes

Head of Local Enterprise


Niamh O’Sullivan

Senior Executive Officer- Community


Bridget Fitzgerald

Economic Development Officer


Victoria McCarthy

Architectural Conservation Officer


Mike Lynch

County Archivist, Kerry Library


Eleanor Turner

Biosphere Officer, Kerry Biosphere Reserve


Breda Moriarty

Community Water Officer, Local Authority Waters Programme


Deirdre Hegarty

Health and Wellbeing Officer
Healthy Kerry


Siobhán Griffin

Municipal District Officer- Kenmare Area,
Kerry Age Friendly Programme Coordinator


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