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Liam Ó Maonlaigh singing at the Drogheda singing gathering
Photo: Evelyn McNamara.
Kerry Traditional Youth Ensemble at the Arts Council's Young
Ensembles showcase and networking event 2013 in Siamsia Tire
Photo: Nomos Productions
Sappho's Daughter by Theo Dorgan, performed by Barry McGovern and Olwen Fouéré. Music composed by Colm Mac Con Iomaire.
Photo: Mia Mullarkey
John Hoban and
Brendan Begley performing at the Gala Concert 2012
Photo: Jake Scott
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The traditional arts feature great diversity in regional accent and technique and are at the heart of communities throughout Ireland.
The Arts Council offers a wide range of financial supports across artforms and arts practices, including the traditional arts.
A number of schemes and initiatives have been established for the particular support of the traditional arts.
Links to traditional arts organisations funded by the Arts Council.
Traditional Arts Policy and Strategy 2018(PDF, 0.57 MB, 5 pages)
Report on the Harping Tradition in Ireland(PDF, 5.58MB, 96 pages)
Making Great Art Work - Arts Council Strategy (2016–2025)(PDF, 3.29MB, 48 pages)
Towards a policy for the traditional arts(PDF, 0.14MB, 40 pages)
Traditional Artist in Residence
Beyond Borders music support programme invites proposals for collaborative initiatives from groups based in Ireland and the UK
The Arts Council and UCC seek to appoint a Traditional Artist in Residence
Contact the members of our Traditional arts department
(01) 618 0209
(01) 618 0263
(01) 618 0200
Cross artform practices
The Arts Council
70 Merrion Square
Telephone+353 1 6180200
Fax+353 1 676 1302
The Arts Council is the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland.