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While the world around us is changing rapidly, our heritage and our contemporary culture have the ability to connect us to the place and to each other and give us a space to explore whom we are and how we live together. Creativity helps us to respond to change and to challenges that come with it. It helps us to put things into perspective, to find solutions, to move forward, to celebrate.

#weareculture - This hash tag became a powerful statement of the role that culture and creativity play in Limerick and a recognition that culture is created by and belongs to all of us. Hosting the National City of Culture in 2014 and the bid for the European Capital of Culture 2020, put a spotlight on Limerick’s ambitious cultural scene and opened it up to many of those who never before engaged in creative activity. It energised practitioners, it activated citizens and it contributed to placing culture at the core of public policy and planning for the future of Limerick.

In Limerick, culture is not simple, it has many layers. Aware of that, we look at Limerick through the lens of multiplicity and recognise the variety of identities, cultures, histories, landscapes and forms of expression that co-exist side by side giving our region its uniqueness. We see such multiplicity, interconnectedness and interdisciplinarity as necessary conditions for inclusive creativity and innovation that we aim to foster in Limerick.
The Creative Ireland vision for Limerick is to create a cultural confidence in our region so that the key decision makers and all Limerick citizens understand the importance of culture and creativity as a powerful agent for solidarity, sustainable development and wellbeing, and partake in achieving the goals set out in this strategy.
To achieve the ambitious vision set out by Creative Ireland Programme, Limerick is building on key strengths, which have become internationally recognised during the National City of Culture and European Capital of Culture bidding processes. These are:

• The strength of a number of Limerick’s cultural organisations and their capacity to develop as national institutions;
• Interest and leadership in grass roots community cultural development on the part of Limerick’s cultural sector;
• Deep commitment to the role of culture and arts in regeneration and capacity building;
• Building on the vibrancy of youth culture and the impact of a large student population;
• Building on the rich and dynamic local and intercultural heritage;
• Development and maintenance of positive local, national and international relationships.

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Musicians on Call

The Musicians on Call project is led by Limerick City and County Council Arts Office in collaboration with Age Friendly Limerick and Healthy Limerick. Delivered by artistic partner Music and Health Ireland in partnership with the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Clare and Tipperary County Councils.

Culture and Creativity Team

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Etain McCooey

Creative Ireland Coordinator


Sarah O'Farrell

Creative Communities Engagement Officer


Dr Pat Daly

Director General


Stephane Duclot 

Director of Services


Damien Brady

Senior Manager, Libraries & Museum, City & County Librarian


Mike Cantwell

Head of Innovate Limerick


Bernadette Collins

Executive Planner, Limerick 2030 & EYCH 2018 Coordinator


Catherine Bowes Kelly

Administrative Officer, Social Policy Directorate


Jacqui Hayes

City & County Archivist


Paul Ryan

Regional Film Coordinator


Úna McCarthy

Director/Curator, Limerick City Gallery of Art


Sarah McCutcheon

Executive Archaeologist


Sinead McDonnell

Environment Awareness Officer


Thomas O’Neill

Heritage Officer


Matthew Potter

Curator, Limerick Museum


Rosie Webb

Senior Architect, Urban & Village Renewal


Iona Hennessy

Healthy Limerick Coordinator


Stephane Duclot

Director of Rural, Community and Culture Development


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