The Government has agreed that Level 5 (with some amendments) as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will continue to apply nationally until July 5th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is a continued need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings have reopened to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect since Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Youth Arts

 Photo of Child jumping over hoops photo by Andy Mason

We believe that facilitating projects in which young people can freely and safely be expressive, is investment into their capacity to be confident independent and innovative thinkers. Below are the current youth programmes that we undertake.

Music Generation

Hullabaloo Children's Arts Festival

Mini Movies

Youth Arts Research: In 2018 we engaged a Youth Arts Researcher to undertake research into the current youth schemes and aspirations within the county. This research is now published and is available to view by clicking on the link below:

Youth Arts Report 

Through 2020/2021 we have engaged a Youth Arts Facilitator, Oisin Robbins to undertake specific work in relation to forming a Youth Arts Forum. The results of the forum and research will lead the way to developing a new youth arts programme for Offaly.

We are focusing specific attention on articulating policy and strategic areas for how young people participate in the arts; from those who are already engaging and those who are yet to engage with the arts. This is reflective of the recent development in a number of accessible, high quality and structured arts projects, which allow for young people to shine individually and as ensembles, and to be the source of their own ingenuity and creativity.

Offaly's Youth Arts programmes current and past have to date engaged hundreds of young people, who have published anthologies, performed nationally and entered creative adventures never before imagined.