Bal­lyvour­ney hosts Creative Ire­land con­fer­ence

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Bal­lyvour­ney will be the venue for the sec­ond an­nual Creative Ire­land Cork Con­fer­ence next month at which a five-year cul­ture and cre­ativ­ity strat­egy will be launched.

The two-day con­fer­ence on Novem­ber 9 and 10 will take place at the Abbey Ho­tel in the Mid-Cork vil­lage, and will be­gin with talks by mem­bers of Cork County Coun­cil’s cul­ture team.

team em­braces rep­re­sen­ta­tion across the arts, li­brary, her­itage, tourism and Ir­ish sec­tions of the coun­cil, and firmly in­di­cates the var­i­ous sup­ports and ini­tia­tives al­ready in place for pro­mo­tion of cul­ture within the county.

Af­ter­noon events will fea­ture talks by key peo­ple syn­ony­mous with the Ir­ish lan­guage, in­clud­ing Peadar Ó Ri­ada of Cúil Aodha, and Máirtín Ó Méalóid of Oileán Ch­léire.

Cork County Coun­cil’s Ir­ish Of­fi­cer, Aileen Loughrey, said that an af­ter­noon ses­sion will be a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to get a real sense of the value of Ir­ish within the county and to ex­am­ine pos­si­bil­i­ties for its fu­ture en­cour­age­ment and de­vel­op­ment.

There will be much ac­tiv­ity tak­ing place in and around Bal­lyvour­ney for the con­fer­ence, and peo­ple at­tend­ing will also be able to avail of des­ig­nated free tours of nearby his­toric and no­table sites which will also be run over the two days.

The County Cork Cul­ture and Cre­ativ­ity Strat­egy 2018– 2022 will be launched by Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Pa­trick Ger­ard Mur­phy.

He said: “I com­mend the al­ready ex­cel­lent cul­tural in­volve­ment by peo­ple across the county and warmly wel­come the planned strat­egy.

“It is a great op­por­tu­nity for in­creased col­lab­o­ra­tion, par­tic­i­pa­tion, and en­gage­ment in strength­en­ing the role of the very cul­ture that we love, right here in the County of Cork.”

Within the strat­egy are six key pri­or­i­ties for ac­tion with re­gard to cul­ture and cre­ativ­ity.

One of the pri­or­i­ties is the Ir­ish lan­guage, cho­sen to be the theme of the event.

The oth­ers are en­hanc­ing and in­vest­ing in lo­cal cul­tural and creative in­fra­struc­ture; en­cour­ag­ing the ex­plo­ration of creative abil­ity through cul­ture; fos­ter­ing a sense of beThe long­ing to place through our cul­ture and her­itage; and sup­port­ing and pro­mot­ing full com­mu­nity en­gage­ment with cul­ture.

The con­fer­ence is open to all and free of charge.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Creative Ire­land in Cork County, phone 021 4285905 or email cre­ativeire­land@cork­

The full con­fer­ence pro­gramme will shortly be avail­able on the County Coun­cil’s web­site at www.cork­

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