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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 at UCC
Tradition Now 2023
Caitlín Nic Gabhann appointed Traditional Artist in Residence 2022 at University College Cork
Tony Mc Mahon – 1939-2021
Contact the members of our Traditional arts department
087 121 7956
087 295 1562
087 205 8772
Cross artform practices
The Arts Council 70 Merrion Square Dublin 2 D02 NY52
Telephone+353 1 6180200+353 1 6180243
The Arts Council is the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland.