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Minister Martin approves over €147k in funding for cross-border cultural projects under Cooperation with Northern Ireland Scheme 2021

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, has today announced funding of €147,500 for 13 projects to support cultural projects with significant cross-border elements under the Cooperation with Northern Ireland Scheme 2021.


The Cooperation with Northern Ireland Funding Scheme is a scheme of funding support, for small self-contained projects which seek to enhance, celebrate or commemorate the artistic, cultural, musical, film or heritage of the island of Ireland on a North/South basis.


Applications were invited for projects that helped to:

  • Promote cooperation and joint initiatives between organisations and institutions on a North/South basis;
  • Promote cultural tourism on a North/South basis;
  • Promote the provision of cultural outreach programmes on a North/South basis.


Thirteen projects are benefitting, within maximum funding of €15,000. Projects range from exhibitions, festivals and dance performances and will involve bodies on both sides of the border cooperating in a cultural context and include Reframing 100: Digital Collaborations by the Gallery of Photography and an online music ensemble made up of young musicians by Music Generation Laois.


Speaking today, Minister Martin said:


"I am delighted to announce the allocations under the Cooperation with Northern Ireland Funding Scheme for 2021.  The scheme provides a platform for cultural exchanges and joint projects from organisations on both sides of the border and has produced some fascinating and valuable projects over the years.  This year's allocations cover everything from photography to art to music and will be well received across the island of Ireland.  I wish all of those who participate as part of these projects the best and I thank those whose ingenuity and creativity have made these projects possible."




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Please see below full list of local authorities funded:




Project Description


North/ South element



Amount of proposed funding



Bláth na dTulach - Book & online resources. 


Co-operating with Cultúrlann Mac Adam Ó Fiaich in Belfast




2021 Cinemagic Dublin Film and Television Festival (15th edition) to run online in July with some events with potentially venues in September and November. The projects will include school programmes, international film screening programmes, workshops and film industry bootcamps. These events will include young people from north and south of the border.

These events will include young people from north and south of the border




The Little Museum of Dublin

A new piece of art to record the story of the traveller community. 


The project will engage Belfast artist Fiona McDonnell and build a co-operative joint initiative with the Little Museum of Dublin.



NYAH Cavan

No musical demarcation - a live and digital festival


A live and digital festival in co-operation with Dun Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre in Tyrone bringing cross border talent together  from Cavan, Monaghan, Down, Antrim, Derry, Fermanagh and Tyrone



Newry, Mourne & Down District Council


To promote and develop a co-operation and to provide a cultural outreach programme for musicians and singers from either side of the border.

A joint initiative between Newry, Mourne and Down Distrist Council, Oriel Traditional Orchestra in Louth, Creggan Local History Society in Armagh, Colleen Savage-Oriel Events in Newry and Louth County Council



Gallery of Photography


Reframing 100: Digital Collaborations 


A partnership between the Gallery of Photography in Dublin, Nerve Centre in Derry and The Regional Cultural Centre in Donegal to promote three new reframing 100 creative collaborations



Irish Heritage Trust


Inclusive famine commemoration.


A collaboration between the Irish Heritage Trust in Dublin and Altnaveigh House in Down





Develop cultural linguistics materials for cross-community, cross-border workshops for secondary school students.

A collaboration between ADAPT in Dublin, the Methodist College Belfast, Patrician Secondary School Kildare, Lucan Community College  Dublin, Holy Faith Clontarf Dublin and Sandyford Park School Dublin



GAA Museum


Celebrating Culture, Discovering Collections


A joint initiative by the GAA Museum in Dublin and the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn museum in Antrim



The Irish Military Heritage Foundation


A Voice for Veterans - the project will include multimedia formats including photography, videos, interviews and social media. This will highlight the role of the Veterans Commissioner, record and document his engagements in Northern Ireland and the republic of Ireland and will document and promote the shared culture and heritage amongst veterans on the island of Ireland.

A collaboration between the Irish Military Heritage Foundation in Kildare and the Northern Ireland Veterans' Support Office in Antrim






Irish Museums Association (IMA)

‘Museums Now' day - which will showcase activity taking place in museums across the island and build confidence in audiences to carry out onsite visits.

A collaboration between IMA in Dublin and the Northern Ireland Museums Council (NIMC) in Antrim.




Dance Ireland

Dance Conversations - a series of conversations between pairs of artists working on each side of the border that will explore their shared working experiences through dance performance and discussion.

A collaboration between Dance Ireland Dublin, Theatre and Dance Northern Ireland in Belfast, Queen's University Belfast and UCD Dublin




Music Generation Laois


An online music ensemble made up of young musicians to rehearse and perform, using digital technology and online platforms.

A collaboration between Music Generation Laois, Strabane Bass Band Tyrone, Music Generation Carlow