About Us

Culture Cavan is funded by the International Fund for Ireland, supported by Cavan County Council and organised by the Culture Cavan Steering Committee. This project in its entirety fosters peace and reconciliation in the border community that has suffered greatly over 30 years economically, socially and culturally. Opportunities are provided for community groups, bands and youth organisations to partake in a series of initiatives which are designed to promote awareness and understanding on a cross border, cross community level.


The project is delivered in a number of Strands:


Strand 1 - Creative Writing as a tool for Peace Building
This may interest adults not presently involved in writing or drama but who have an interest in sharing their history and culture. A number of events will follow including drama workshops and performances of the new material created by the participants.

Strand 2 - Spectacle for a Shared Vision This is aimed at community leaders, activists, artists and adults who work to enable others express their ideas creatively. The participants will learn skills to create large outdoor sculptural pieces and parade floats while working as part of a team.

Strand 3 - Music as a tool for Peace Building Work with groups of musicians from both traditions on shared performances with opportunities for launching and showcasing collaborative work. Participants from both Catholic and Protestant Traditions will share their unique musical traditions and learn about each other. Joint performances will follow.


Strand 4 - Home, Identity, Emblem – Visual Symbols This project through the visual arts will examine emblems and how we identify ourselves or brand ourselves. Five facilitators will work in community groups on this aspect of the project. This work will be profiled during Fleadh Cheoil na h√Čireann as part of the festival of contemporary arts, Trans-Art .

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About the International Fund for Ireland
The International Fund for Ireland is an independent international organisation established by the Irish and British Governments in 1986. The Fund’s main objectives are to promote economic and social advance and encourage contact, dialogue and reconciliation between unionists and nationalists throughout Ireland.

Contributors to the Fund are the United States of America, the European Union, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Since its inception, the Fund has committed more than €838m / £668m to a wide variety of projects in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties. Developing and funding initiatives that tackle segregation and promote integration to build a lasting peace in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties is a key priority for the Fund.

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About Cavan County Council

Cavan County Council is the lead agency for supporting and developing capacity for all the people of County Cavan. It works in partnership with individuals and organisations to enable them to reach their potential economically, socially and culturally.

“To be the best at what we do”

Mission Statement
Through our actions we will lead and promote the sustainable development of our county, build confidence in our future, improve quality of life for our citizens and promote a more just and inclusive society.

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Culture Cavan Steering Committee:
Cllr. Winston Bennett (Co-Chair), Paddy Connaughton (Co-Chair), Tom Sullivan, Savina Donohoe, Kevin Smith, Rev. Craig Mc Cauley, Marian Smith, Anne Marie Mc Phillips, Mary Sullivan, Wendy Swan, Fr. Ultan McGoohan and Catriona O Reilly.


View details of our Culture Cavan Launch

See some of our Culture Cavan Press

Culture Cavan Finale Event

Peace and Reconciliation Mission Statement