Tipperary TDs welcome arts festival funding

Local TDs Alan Kelly (Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government) and Noel Coonan have welcomed the announcement that six festivals have been allocated funding in Tipperary from Failte Ireland.

Local TDs Alan Kelly (Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government) and Noel Coonan have welcomed the announcement that six festivals have been allocated funding in Tipperary from Failte Ireland.

The Tipperary festivals which will benefit include the Terryglass Arts Festival, Spleodar Festival, Glen of Aherlow, Feile Brian Boru, Clonmel Junction Festival and Rock of Cashel.

“My Fine Gael colleague and Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Michael Ring TD, today (Tuesday) announced that funding of €564,000 has been approved by Fáilte Ireland for regional festivals and events taking place this year. I am pleased to see Tipperary featuring on the list with a total of €13,500 provided to help fund their endeavours and encourage tourists to the area,” said Deputy Noel Coonan.

“It is important to boost tourism activity and revenue in Tipperary. The Premier County has an abundance of sites and activities to offer overseas visitors. We have a rich heritage, a beautiful landscape, and tourism is an important aspect of our local revenue stream.

“Nationally a total of 187 local events will be supported and today’s news follows earlier announcements of almost €2.3m for 27 large national festivals throughout Ireland in 2015,” concluded Deputy Noel Coonan.

Meanwhile Minister Alan Kelly said : “Committees across the country work extremely hard organising festivals, and I’m sure the allocation of funding will be very welcome to all involved.

“Local festivals are central to the Government’s plans to develop the tourism industry. 2014 was a great success for Irish tourism and regional festivals and events across the country played a big part in that success.

“The festivals sector has shown remarkable resilience over the last few years, which shows the resourcefulness and skills of the people and communities involved in the festivals sector.”