Public input sought on new Arts Plan for Clare

Public input sought on new Arts Plan for Clare


Members of the public are being asked for their input into a new Arts Plan for County Clare focusing on promoting greater participation in the arts.

Clare County Council is currently preparing the plan, which covers the period from 2019 to 2024, and is particularly interested in getting practical and novel suggestions from people as to what they think should be in the plan.  The plan will cover items such as developing audiences, promoting participation in the arts and providing employment opportunities for artists.

The new arts plan covers all art forms including music, dance, literature, visual art and film, and follows on from the Creative Ireland Plan developed by the Local Authority in 2018.

“It’s an exciting time for the arts in Clare”, says Siobhán Mulcahy, Clare County Council Arts Officer. “It is wonderful to see Clare artists Martin Hayes and Shelly McNamara recently selected as international Cultural ambassadors, epitomising the very best that the county has to offer. The forthcoming new gallery in Ennis and the recent development of artist studios in the town show the commitment of the Council to building on the reputation of the county.”

“Nevertheless challenges remain,” she added, “and we hope that with concrete and positive suggestions from the public, we will be able to work with our artists and communities to engage more people in the arts and support the artists of the future.”

Members of the public are welcome to make submissions and suggestions to the Arts Plan through Clare Arts Office at

Submissions will be accepted until Friday, 25 January, 2019 at 4.00pm.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.