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Easter 1916 is a key date in Irish history. A watershed moment of enormous significance to the nation. The attempted revolution on that date failed, but the brutal treatment of its leaders gave a renewed impetus to the campaign for Home Rule. The compromise that was reached with the majority Protestant population in Ulster was not popular in the rest of the Island, and led to a bloody but mercifully brief civil war. The centenary of the 1916 rising last year was the inspiration for a programme promoting creativity in all its forms across the nation in the five years that echo the years between the rising and the establishment of the Republic.


Saxophonist David Roach. Image via Culture Fox.

A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending an event that could not have happened except through the support of the programme: the world premiere of a new work by Belfast born composer Ian Wilson. Composed in collaboration with people involved in agriculture and nature conservation in the Irish Midlands, as a celebration of the importance of pollenators to the human food chain, Thresholds consists of a collage of recorded sounds and speech, overlaid by live performance by solo saxophone. British saxophonist David Roach, who performed the solo, has worked with Wilson before.

But that is just one of thousands of initiatives across all aspects of Irish life for which Creative Ireland is the inspiration. Take, for example, this article from the Irish Times, which describes how merging creativity with technology is generating incredible opportunities for young people.

Sometimes it seems that technology is driving the human race into a dark and dangerous place. I am a firm believer that creative thinking can ensure that human scale solutions will be found to the problems that scare us, just as they did in the past, and just as the young people of Ireland are demonstrating and will continue to demonstrate between now and 2022, the centenary of the formation of the Republic.

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  1. “I am a firm believer that creative thinking can ensure that human scale solutions will be found to the problems that scare us, just as they did in the past, and just as the young people of Ireland are demonstrating and will continue to demonstrate between now and 2022, the centenary of the formation of the Republic.”

    I hope you’re right, Frank! Welcome to the WATWB family, and thanks for sharing this bit of positive news with us.

    Please also consider adding the WATWB badge to your sidebar.


  2. datmama4 says:

    This is wonderful. I enjoyed the article from the Irish Times as well. Creativity should always be encouraged, even if it takes a different path than is typical.


  3. Susan Scott says:

    Thanks Frank, this is lovely! May all the initiatives be reached – an impressive plan. Good on Ireland! Most if not all countries could take a leaf our of Ireland’s book.


  4. Such an interesting article over at the Irish Times.
    I was amazed to read that, contrary to popular belief, (or was it my singular belief that coding is mathematical in nature?) coding is just like learning a language that then allows you to create something that interests you and uses creative parts of your brain.
    So they’re saying that coding is more about creativity… and not maths? Amazing.
    I love languages so this changes my perspective…
    Thanks for sharing.

    Writer In Transit


    • franklparker says:

      Hi Michelle. My knowledge of coding is very limited. I did a bit back in the final few years before retirement, using a Microsoft system called C+. It requires logical and analytical approaches to problem solving. That, in turn, requires creativity. I suppose that what we do as writers, requires much the same kind of thought processes. Knowing this character, what would he do in this situation? What would be the consequence? The maths part of coding is what provides the connection between the code and the actions the code initiates. Does that make any sense?


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