€300k awarded to City Council for two culture projects

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD and Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD pictured with the delegations from Galway City Council, Marilyn Gaughan-Reddan and Brendan McGrath Galway City Council Chief Executive and Derry Strabane Councils, which received funding under the Shared Island Local Authority Development Funding Scheme.

Galway City Council has been awarded €300,000 for two cross-border collaborations that will directly support the arts and artists across the country.

Atlantic Region of Creative Content (ARCC) and Culture Connects are among 25 projects which were awarded funding under the Shared Island Local Authority Funding Scheme.

The scheme allows local authorities to partner on a cross-border basis to bring new projects through feasibility or pre-planning stages.

The two Galway projects will focus on the culture and creative industries and are the first step in generating a pipeline of well-developed cross-border local authority projects.

An Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced the funding for the 25 successful projects at an event in the Townhall Theatre in Cavan.

An Taoiseach said that he was not only struck by the diverse range of projects which have come through the process, but he was particularly pleased to see such a ‘significant geographic spread’ across the island.

Brendan McGrath, CEO of Galway City Council and Chairman of the Galway Culture Company, said that culture and creative industries are part of the fabric of our city, and that he is absolutely delighted that both Galway city applications were successful.

“It’s the first step to generate a pipeline of well-developed cross-border local authority projects that will be in a position to secure funding for a construction or implementation stage from both jurisdictions, including through the Shared Island Fund,” he said.

“We established the Galway Culture Company to bring together key agencies and stakeholders to drive forward a collective creative vision for Galway through meaningful partnership and collaboration, and this is a really good example of how we will work and how we will deliver.

“We have well-developed partnerships north and south and we are looking forward to delivering these projects with our partners.”