Coonan welcomes funding for Tipperary festivals

Noel Coonan has welcomed €15,500 funding from the Arts Council for five Tipperary organisations. The funding has been made available under Round 2 of the Festivals and Events Scheme.

Noel Coonan has welcomed €15,500 funding from the Arts Council for five Tipperary organisations. The funding has been made available under Round 2 of the Festivals and Events Scheme.

“The groups to receive funding for the period to the end of December 2013 include Nenagh Community Arts Festival which will receive €4,000, Cashel Arts Festival €3,500, Dromineer Literary Festival €3,500, Eigse Eatharlai €3,000 and Tipperary Joint Library Committee €1,500. These organisations are very worthy recipients of the funding and every year attract tourists and revenue to Tipperary by showcasing our local talent. This has a positive knock-on effect on our local economy,” said the local Fine Gael TD.

Deputy Coonan continued: “The Arts Council is the Irish Government agency for the arts. The Council plays an essential role in funding and assisting festivals and events in Tipperary and nationwide and their commitment is ongoing. In total, €333,959 has been awarded to 79 festivals and events nationwide with an average grant of €4,227 awarded to successful applicants.”

“I am pleased this funding has been provided to help local Tipperary festivals thrive in 2013. The Arts Council also fund touring, projects and bursaries for artists in Tipperary and nationwide,” concluded Deputy Coonan.