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BLAST: Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers

The Department of Education is pleased to announce BLAST Arts & Creativity in Education Residency 2024/2025 applications are now open. (Press Release)

Please see the following link for BLAST Application Guidelines and further details: (Department of Education BLAST Guidelines)

BLAST Arts & Creativity in Education Residency 2024/2025 apply online here: LINK

The closing date for receipt of applications is 10th May 2024.

Please contact Bridget Quigley at for queries or support, or email National Arts in Education, Tralee Education Support Centre at

Eligibility :

  • All schools in receipt of capitation grants from the Department of Education or Education and Training Boards (ETBs) can apply for BLAST.

  • Fee Paying Schools are not eligible to apply for BLAST Residencies. Schools that are not in the free-education scheme cannot apply for BLAST. 

  • Schools participating in either Creative Clusters or Creative Schools can apply for BLAST.

BLAST is an initiative of the Department of Education, under the Creative Youth Plan 2023-2027. It is led by and in partnership with the 21 full-time Education Centres (Education Support Centres Ireland – ESCI).

BLAST Application Form (English Version)

BLAST Application Form  (Irish Version) 

Drumcondra Register of Approved Artists
(in process of update - ....)

Artist NameArtist LinkArt Form
Margaret Callan Bergin Arts
Yvonne Chilton
Penelope Lacey
Visual Arts/Sculpture
Kathryn Maguire Arts/Sculpture
Gabriella McGrath Arts/Sculpture
Juliette Saumande poetry, story making, multilingualism