Festivals and cultural events around Galway City and County are to benefit from over €80,000 in funding.
Galway Deputy Sean Kyne confirmed the news today, revealing that Minister of State for Tourism Michael Ring has allocated funding to 11 festivals and events around Galway in the Fáilte Ireland programme for the coming year.
“In Connemara, funding has been granted to the Clifden Arts Festival, as well as sporting event the Celtic Series Tour de Connemara,” said Deputy Kyne.
“Galway’s reputation as a centre of creativity and excellence in the arts will be further boosted by the allocation of funding for several cultural events including the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, the Baboro International Arts Festival and the relatively new festivals, Galway Food Festival and the Galway Comedy Festival, which are going from strength to strength.
Mr Kyne continued to add that hundreds of people from across Galway have contacted me in the last few weeks expressing concerns at the possible budgetary impact on the Arts but added that he was encouraged by this recent funding announcement.
“I’m very heartened to see that after relaying and echoing these concerns to the Minister, as well as at party meetings, the Government has listened and is continuing to support artistic and cultural festivals and events despite the challenging financial position of the State,” he said.
“These festivals and organisation artistically and culturally promote Galway and have highly positive effects for our crucially-important local tourism industry as well as for the people of Galway and the West.”