6 March 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, has has announced that funding of over €1 million is to be allocated to 218 national and regional festivals and events by Fáilte Ireland, under its 2016 Festivals and Events Programme. This investment includes almost €325,000 for the second phase of funding of large national festivals as well as just under €695,000 for smaller regional events.
Announcing the grants, Minister Ring explained the significance of such funding for tourism:
“Festivals and events are the life-blood of tourism and mobilise many visitors to choose to come to Ireland in the first instance. With this funding, we can provide the magnets for tourism activity – throughout the country and throughout the year – which will sustain jobs and generate revenue for many rural communities.”
The approved festivals being funded by Fáilte Ireland under the second phase of its National Programme for
Festivals and Events in Cork which are receiving funding are: