Written by Mike Kelly, editor-in-chief of Irish-focused content platform The Guardian, Ireland is the country where many of us have been learning to create our own digital creations for years. 

The country has a long history of producing some of the world’s best creative talent.

From the first artists to the likes of the Rolling Stones and Johnny Marr to the British-born and raised, Irish people have had an enviable creative heritage that has seen a wealth of great work emerge over the years.

But now it is time to make sure that the next generation of creators can too. 

Creative Ireland is an initiative that aims to bring Ireland’s most innovative creative talents to the forefront of Ireland’s emerging creative economy. 

“I believe Ireland has a lot to offer the world, from the art of photography to the design of apps and the creative arts,” said The Guardian’s founder and editor-at-large, Mike Kelly.

“I think there is a lot of talent that is ready to jump in and make it their own.” 

It’s no secret that Ireland’s creative talent has a deep and loyal following. 

According to a 2016 report, Irish creatives make up one of the most popular sectors of the economy with over 3.8 million employees and a 20% of total gross domestic product. 

In addition to the Irish Arts Council (IAC), the country has been a major hub for the international creative economy since the early 2000s, and is a key market for Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple and many other technology companies. 

However, despite this growth, there is still a long way to go before the Irish talent can take on the role of the creative leader of the future. 

While there is no denying that the country is in a golden age for the creative sector, the country still lags behind its peers in terms of talent. 

Ireland is still lagging behind its international peers in the global race for the digital talent pool It was reported that the UK was the only European country to see its GDP growth in 2016 decline, while the US was the only country to see its GDP grow in 2015. 

As a result, Ireland has seen its share of global creative talent drop by 15.5% in 2017. 

One of the biggest obstacles for creative Ireland in reaching its potential is that it is still not a digital powerhouse. 

That is why The Guardian is launching the Creativity Ireland Creativity Challenge in order to change that. 

Through The Challenge, creatives will be able to share their knowledge and skills in order for them to gain exposure to talent from other countries. 

Participants will also be able to work with other organisations in Ireland, the UK and abroad. 

To help us get the word out about the Challenge and get the creative talent from Ireland and other countries furthering their careers in Ireland I have asked a group of creative people from across Ireland and abroad to share what they have learnt so far. 

From artists to students to business owners, this is what we’ve learnt so so far: A Creatory Ireland Creative Challenge challenge is a new way of engaging with the creative world. 

We have gathered some of the best Irish creatives and put them on the map to share their experiences with our readers. 

A few creators from our top ten list of Irish creative talent are: Bartley O’Reilly Irish artist and creator of Lionheart from Belfast, Logan O’Neill Irish artistic director of The Wrecking Ball in Lincolnshire, Ian Coyle Creator of A Song of Ice and Fire, Cameron Meehan Irish illustrator, author and producer of The Great Escape and A World of My Own from Ireland and Ireland. Liam Ryan Irish designer and creative director of  Cocoon and the Glamour from Dublin. 

Mike Kelly Creatives from all walks of life, from young creaters to business people. 

Mark Taggart Irish writer and producer. 

Karen Garlick Irish musician and musician from Dublin who made his art with Lola and The Great Escape. Ian Kelly Irish graphic designer and artist. 

Tommy O’Sullivan Irish singer, songwriter and producer who produced the album Boys and Girls from London in 2016. 

Michael Byrne Irish comedian, writer and actor from  Lancaster 

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