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Communities reap rewards from Culture Division initiatives in 2023

Donegal County Council’s Culture Division has published its Annual Review for 2023. Headed by Acting County Librarian and Divisional Manager, Maureen Kerr, the Culture Division encompasses the Library Service, the Arts Service, the Regional Cultural Centre, the Museum Service, the Archives Service, the Biodiversity Office and the County Donegal Heritage Office.

John G McLaughlin, Donegal County Council, CE with Cllr. Martin Harley, Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council and  Maureen Kerr, Acting County Librarian and Divisional Manager launching the Culture Division Annual Review 2023. Also included are front Karen Sheehy, Acting Senior Executive Librarian and Patsy Lafferty, Director of Housing, Corporate & Cultural Services. Back row Rita Chapman, Senior Executive Librarian; Joseph Gallagher, Heritage Officer; Traolach Ó Fionnáin, Arts Officer; Julie Corry, Biodiversity Officer and Judith McCarthy, Donegal County Museum Curator. Photo Clive Wasson


Commenting on the 2023 Annual Review, Maureen Kerr said:

“The Culture Division team worked hard to deliver a wide and varied programme of events and services to communities throughout 2023. It saw the launch of the Donegal Culture and Creativity Strategy 2023 – 2027 and rolled out Creative Ireland and Decade of Centenaries programmes.”

“One of the highlights of 2023 was the honour of co-organising and hosting the annual National Famine Commemoration in Milford on the 21st of May, where President Michael D. Higgins provided the keynote address.”

“2023 was also a big year for the team who welcomed a Biodiversity Officer and an Arts and Cultural Diversity Officer. The synergy between all our services, in collaboration with other services within Donegal County Council, allows for the sharing of expertise and delivering better services to our communities and the wider cultural sector.”

For more information on what Culture Division achieved in 2023 and how they support communities visit https://www.donegalcoco.ie/culture/cultural%20services%20annual%20review/