McGahon welcomes funding for festivals

Cllr John McGahon at last year's Carlingford Oyster Festival

Cllr John McGahon at last year’s Carlingford Oyster Festival

Fine Gael Councillor for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon, has welcomed the announcement that the Government will provide €5,500 to support festivals in Louth this year.

This follows the announcement that funding of €564,000 has been approved by Fáilte Ireland to support 187 regional festivals and events taking place this year. The news follows earlier announcements of almost €2.3m for 27 large national festivals throughout Ireland in 2015.

“This funding will be a real shot in the arm for The Carlingford Festival, the Tain March and the Maritime Festival which are taking place in Louth during the summer months. These festivals generate significant income for local businesses and bring a large amount of visitors into the county, especially the North Louth area. This funding will help ensure the continued development of these vibrant festivals which add to the many attractions our county offers.

“With an average grant of €3,000 each, a total of 187 local events will be supported around the country. This funding could be the crucial factor in deciding whether many of these festivals go ahead.

“Festivals are magnets for visitors, from home and abroad, and they bring revenue and economic activity into the county. This funding represents a serious investment in tourism and will help to boost a sector which already deliver thousands of jobs and significant revenue nationally.”

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