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Coracle is an inclusive programme of cross-border activities improving competitiveness in a commercial landscape and employability for creative practitioners in South East Ireland and South West Wales.

Development of these higher-level skills for the creative and cultural sector is through delivery of short vocational courses, workshops and organisation of exchanges of knowledge and best practice. Some of the substantial project elements are in the areas of youth theatre, visual arts exchanges, literary initiatives and festival development.

The Coracle project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Programme (INTERREG 4A).

To find out more about Coracle please visit the Coracle website

 What is Interreg?

The Ireland Wales Programme 2007-2013 has an overall aim of addressing issues relating to innovation, entrepreneurship, the knowledge economy, climate change and community regeneration between both countries. Meaning 'inter-regional', INTERREG is an EU Community programme that aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion by promoting international and cross-border co-operation.

The geographic areas participating in the CORACLE project are:

In Ireland: Dublin, Wicklow, Carlow, Wexford, Kilkenny, Waterford & South Tipperary;

In Wales: Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire & Pembrokeshire.

The Irish Sea forms a unifying link throughout the Programme area. Its role as the main access point for people and goods travelling between Ireland and Britain, and thereon to the Continental market, is of vital importance to the success of the Programme.

The Ireland Wales Programme aims to further develop the cross border region by:

  - Improving the overall economic, environmental and social well-being of the Ireland Wales co-operation area.

 - Achieving a more cohesive, balanced and sustainable development of the area.

 - Contributing to the greater competitiveness of the region and that of the EU in a globalised world.

The Programme focuses on co-operation to ensure integrated regional development through common strategies. This Programme is seeking projects that aim to jointly address the challenges laid out in EU, Irish and Welsh policies and have a positive impact on local communities in the cross border area.