€5,500 in funding announced for the Daniel O’Connell summer school and a festival to commemorate the birth of John B. Keane. Griffin
Over €5,500 in funding has been allocated to 2 festivals here in Kerry, to support Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools according to the Minister for State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin.
Minister Griffin said this will boost tourist numbers and should increase the footfall to our local businesses here in Kerry.
“The Scheme is designed to assist local cultural events which may not be eligible under funding criteria for larger scale events such as those supported by Fáilte Ireland, the Arts Council and similar bodies.
“I was delighted to see Kerry County Council receive grant of €3,000 for the Daniel O’Connell Summer School and the Kerry’s Writers Museum receive €2500 for a festival to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the birth of John B. Keane in this year’s funding.
“Funding was allocated following a competitive applications process, with a maximum grant of €5,000 available.
“These festivals really add to the character of the area and are great for generating community spirit.
“The projects make a very important contribution to the development and promotion of Ireland’s cultural tourism offering, to the benefit of both the domestic and foreign tourist and represent an important component of the delivery of the cultural tourism commitments in the Programme for Government.”
Announcing the funding, Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said:
“It is important to support local cultural events and activities as all culture, in essence, starts locally, with the people and is reinforced and developed through the community.”
Fine Gael is committed to building the tourism and hospitality industry which employs an estimated 220,000 people and generates an estimated €5.7 billion in revenue a year.
For Further Information please contact: Brendan on 087-6528841