Trad Ireland / Traid Éireann is a newly-established entity founded by Oisín Mac Diarmada and Tristan Rosenstock to promote the traditional arts throughout the island of Ireland and support practitioners through advocacy and professional development opportunities.

Trad Ireland will focus initially during 2019-2020 on implementation of a 3-strand project, supported by The Arts Council Project Award 2019.

  • Strand 1 involves the recruitment of an external researcher for a 12-month period, in order to conduct extensive research into the challenges, opportunities and supports currently available to traditional arts practitioners in Ireland. The final research report will be publicly available online as a resource for the wider traditional arts community, and will provide direction for future initiatives by Trad Ireland and other organisations within the sector.

  • Strand 2 will see development of a pilot residency project in County Sligo, focussing on the twin aims of artist professional development and audience / community engagement.

  • Strand 3 will deliver a Professional Development Symposium, with key input from international speakers, drawing on the experiences of developing artist support structures in other jurisdictions.