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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 National Arts in Education, Tralee Education Support Centre for queries or support, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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)

                  Kerry BLAST Register of Artists                   and Creative Practitioners

Fiona Loughlin

Textile/Mixed Media Artist            

Martin Schärer

Music Percussionist                       

Nicholas McLachlan


Rochelle Lucey

Fine Arts                                            

Sharon Costello

Speech and Drama Practitioner

Tricia O' Connor

Visual Artist                                   



Katrina Galvin

Dance and Opera                                    "Her" choreographed and danced by Katrina Galvin - YouTube

                                                                      FYVP Dance Film by Katrina Galvin - YouTube

                                                                      Contemporary Dance solo - "Awakening" by Katrina Galvin - YouTube

Aileen Murphy

Dance and Musical Theatre         


Barbara Costello

 Graphic Designer                           

Clarissa Michaux

Dance, Movement and Rhythmic Gymnastics 


Manuela Dei Grandi

Nature-inspired art and photography      

Niamh O'Brien

Harp Player, Singer, Composer   

Darragh Kinch

Graphic Designer/Visual Artist/Screen Printer

Jonathan Kelliher

Traditional Dance                                     Jonathan Kelliher | LinkedIn 

Veronique Gerber

Drama and Film            


Mary Quirke
Aine Brosnan

Heritage Specialist                  

                   Nationwide BLAST Residencies