Creative Ireland


Singing to Save Our World…

Save Our World

Composer: Frankie Simon

Commissioned by St Joseph’s Church Choir, Boyle, Co Roscommon, Ireland

Performed by Climate Eyes – members of St Joseph’s Church Choir


When a Boyle Choir had to take a necessary break from their usual choir rehearsals and mass services in March this year, they embarked on a new project, following recommended guidelines, as restrictions began to lift in May. With thanks to funding from the Community Strand of the Creative Ireland Programme managed by Roscommon County Council, the choir commissioned composer and choir member, Frankie Simon to write a song he had been contemplating since September 2019. How could it be fake news?

The music and words refer to many of the issues being raised globally by climate and environmental experts and, notably, by 17 year old Greta Thunberg. In September 2019, her speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit brought headline news to the world and became known as ‘The Greta – Trump Showdown”.

25 members of St Joseph’s Church Choir took up the challenge – half of the choir’s usual members – to learn the music virtually followed by a number of rehearsals in small groups, wearing masks, in their large parish church in Boyle Co Roscommon. Recording took place during August, in groups of three, at Paul Gurney’s Recording Studio in Newtownforbes, Co Longford. Musicians, and a rap artist, were recorded individually and the song completed under the masterful eyes and ears of composer Frankie Simon, together with Paul Gurney.

An animated video was commissioned to complete the project, from Peter Kilmartin of Spicy Dog Media in Roscommon.

The audio video is now available on Climate Eyes YouTube Channel

Funded by Roscommon County Council Creative Ireland Programme 2020

For further information please contact: / Rhona 086 818 7929

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Creative Communities Jobs Stimulus Measure 2020 - Open for applications under three programmes, see below links for application forms and information sheets.


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The Creative Ireland Programme

The Creative Ireland Programme is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016 – a five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy. It is a high-level, high-ambition, all-of-government initiative to mainstream creativity in the life of the nation so that individually and collectively, in our personal lives and in our institutions, we can realise our full creative potential.

The Creative Ireland Programme is a culture-based programme designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing. The core proposition is that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity, with significant implications for individual and societal wellbeing and achievement. 

Creative Ireland is also the main implementation vehicle for the priorities identified in the Government’s policy document, Culture 2025- Éire Ildánach, which states that arts and culture are intrinsic to the Irish State, acknowledges the need to increase access to and participation in the arts, boost our creative industries, and preserve our heritage with a particular focus on language, landscape and the environment. 

The programme is built around the themes of identity, culture and citizenship. The core operating principles are Collaboration and Communication, Community Empowerment and Internationalisation. 

Local authorities have a crucial role in the overall local delivery of the entire Creative Ireland programme and are exclusively mandated, through their culture teams, to deliver Pillar 2 of the programme – Enabling Creativity in Every Community. This devolution of responsibility for Creative Ireland to local authorities is inspired by the extraordinary impact of collaborative local authority co-ordinated projects for the centenary of 1916. 

In 2017 a Culture Team was established in Roscommon County Council comprising of staff from the Arts, Heritage, Library and Corporate Services departments. The Culture Team together with the Creative Ireland Project Office hosted an open meeting in March 2017 at Áras an Chontae, Roscommon. The meeting provided an opportunity to explore how best to increase access to and engagement with the arts, heritage and creative industries in the county. The input from the discussions informed the content of the Council’s Culture and Creativity Plan 2017 which set out the Council’s projects and initiatives for 2017. 

The vision and intent of the Creative Ireland Programme is to promote collaboration between different levels of government and engagement with the broad cultural sector, creative practitioners, creative industries and the public.

Roscommon County Council Culture and Creativity Plan 2017.pdf (size 964.8 KB)

The next stage of this Programme is the preparation of Roscommon County Council’s Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022. This Strategy will be an overarching plan for the county and will relate to and have links with the Arts and Heritage Plans and the Library service and will support the further development and enrichment of the delivery of the Creative Ireland Programme in Roscommon 

The Creative Ireland vision for Roscommon is that every person will have an opportunity to experience, enjoy and engage with the limitless nature of County Roscommon’s rich creative vein. 

The five strategic priorities of Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022 are:  

Creative Children and Youth


  • The Roscommon Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018 – 2022 will seek to ensure that children and young people have increased access to tuition, experience and participation in the arts, heritage and library activities by 2022. Participation in creative and cultural activities equips children and young people to grow and develop in their personal lives and helps give them life skills for the future.
  • The Roscommon County Council Culture Team   will continue to promote access to cultural activities for children and young   people so that they have the opportunity to experience high quality culture   in a non formal setting as creatives, participants, spectators and critics. 

Creative Communities


  • The consultation processes highlighted a desire for people to have access to cultural provision locally. This Strategy will enable local communities to develop their own cultural capacity, to plan, programme, and produce and manage cultural activity at a local level. This is turn will help to develop greater inclusivity in communities, reflect specific identities and build local audiences for culture and creative engagement. 

    Climate change is one of the most pressing social and political challenges of this generation, and it cannot be addressed through policy and technology alone. It is through the medium of culture and creativity that the underlying ethical, cultural, political and economic questions will be deliberated on, and that new sustainable values and ways of living will be disseminated.


Creative Culture Infrastructure


  • Arts venues and facilities are a major determinant of arts engagement. The existence of a well managed, accessible arts venue can raise the level of opportunity to attend arts events, exhibitions and performances. Strategic and sustainable investment in the development of arts infrastructure in the county is necessary to ensure that the public can enjoy a wide range of quality arts experiences both as audiences and participants. On-going investment in technology in the libraries will ensure that the public can continue to engage with these valuable services while continued focus on the value and importance of our built and natural heritage will preserve it for future generations.

Creative Industry and Enterprise Sector


  • The creative industry and enterprise sector requires high quality information, training, mentoring and financial support to build capacity in product designs, access to market and increase job potential.

Creative Awareness and Communication

  • Create awareness of the Creative Ireland Programme and disseminate information in an efficient manner throughout the county to enable inclusivity and participation in cultural and creative activities beneficial to the social, economic wellbeing of our communities.