The Arts Council supports a number of resource and service organisations that provide this type of help to writers at all stages of their careers.
The Irish Writers' Centre, located on Parnell Square in Dublin, is the national organisation for writers and writing in Ireland. You can read more about them here: http://www.writerscentre.ie/
Poetry Ireland is the national organisation for poetry in Ireland and is dedicated to developing, supporting and promoting poetry through Ireland. You can read more about them here: http://www.poetryireland.ie/
The Munster Literature Centre, based in Frank O'Connor's former home in Cork City, is dedicated to the promotion and celebration of literature, especially that of Munster. To this end, the organisation organises festivals, workshops, readings and competitions. You can read more about them here: http://www.munsterlit.ie/
Children's Books Ireland is the national children’s books organisation of Ireland. Through its activities and events, the organization aims to engage young people with books, foster a greater understanding of the importance of books for young people and act as a core resource for those with an interest in books for children in Ireland. You can read more about them here: http://www.childrensbooksireland.ie/
You should also visit http://writing.ie/, an online magazine site for writers and readers of all ages, which provides resources for writers, listings of events, interviews with writers and publishers and general information about reading and writing in Ireland.