Funding boost for Clare festivals and events

Funding boost for Clare festivals and events


festivals51 festivals and events in County Clare are to be allocated funding under the Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora.

The initiative, launched last year, builds on the community involvement legacy of The Gathering 2013 and is a joint partnership between Clare County Council, IPB Insurance and Fáilte Ireland. Now in its second year, the scheme provides a national fund of €1m to support local community-based events and festivals each year.

€33,900 is being allocated this year to local event organisers, who will each receive grants ranging from €500 to €2,500.

A number of new festivals and events are among the funding recipients including the first chocolate festival in Ireland, the Burren Chocolate Festival (30 May-1 June). Other inaugural events include the Caitlin MacNamara/Dylan Thomas Memorial Weekend in Ennistymon (15-17 May), Feakle Cultural Exchange Group (22–26 July, 5-10 August), and the Lahinch Brittany Autumn Festival (23–25 October), celebrating Lahinch’s twinning relationship with Arzon and promoting Breton culture throughout Ireland.

A number of annual festivals and events are also set to receive funding including the Mountshannon Arts Festival (22 May – 1 Jun), Doonbeg International Jazz Festival (29 May – 2 Jun), Spancihill Fair (23 Jun), Hell of the West Triathlon (27 Jun), Kilrush Traditional Music and Set Dancing Festival (23-28 Jul), Rose of Clare Festival (1–7 Aug), Kilmurry Harvest Festival (9–16 Aug), Dan Furey Weekend (21-23 Aug), Ennis Fringe Festival (18–20 Sept), Ennis Fashion Week (22–29 Sept), Burren Food Fayre (24-25 Oct) and the Clare Festival of Traditional Singing (20–22 Nov).

Welcoming the funding announcement, Councillor John Crowe, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council said: “The significant interest from around the county in this initiative underlines the breadth and scale of community tourism activity in Clare. Funding allocated to Clare during 2014 helped attract more than 1,400 visitors from overseas and I believe that this figure will be bettered this year.”

Councillor Crowe pointed to the ongoing positive knock-on effects of The Gathering on Clare tourism, adding: “This community tourism initiative allows us to sustain many of the grass roots networks which sprang to life during The Gathering and sustain an infrastructure of events and relationships which will have long term tourism and social benefits for this county for many years to come.”

Other funding recipients include the Burren Slow Food Festival Week (16–24 May), Clare Burren Marathon Challenge (23 May), Tuamgraney Community Weekend (28 May – 1st Jun), Ennistymon Book Town Festival (29 May – 1 Jun), Fleadh Cheoil an Chlair Cill Rois (13– 21 Jun), Doolin Heritage (20–21 Jun), Burren Tolkien Society Festival (26 Jun – 28 Jun), Inis Fest (26–28 Jun), Clarecastle Regatta (12 Jul), Junior Tour of Ireland (14– 19 Jul), Wavemasters Music & Surf Event (25-26 Jul), Kildysart Cultural Festival (26 Jul – 3 Aug), Summer Music on the Shannon (27 Jul – 8 Aug), Festival of Fun (1–3 Aug), International Angling Week (2-8 Aug), Burren College of Art 20 Years (14–16 Aug), Music and Cook Up (22 Aug), Village Carnival Music (22–24 Aug), The Crotty Galvin Traditional Music Festival (28-30 Aug), Tulla Weekend of the Welcomes (28–30 Aug), Burren Peaks Walking Festival (11-13 Sept), Longboard Surfing Festival (19-20 Sept), Cannonball Ireland (12 Sept), The Songbirds Music Tour (27 Sept to 7 Oct), The Outing (2–4 Oct) and the Online Academy of Irish Music (4–9 Oct, 26-31 Oct, 9–14 Nov, 22-27 Nov).

A number of festivals and events in receipt of funding have already been held during the opening four months of the year. They include the Loop Head Heritage & Walking Festival, National Concertina Convention, Father Ted Festival Kilfenora, Corofin Traditional Festival, Festival of Finn, Kincora Traditional Weekend, Russell Memorial Weekend, Kilfenora Trad Festival and the Bunratty International Chess Festival.

Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative 2015 Funding Recipients:

Kilfenora Trad Festival
The Festival of Finn
Clare Burren Marathon Challenge
Russell Memorial Weekend
The Crotty Galvin Traditional Music Festival
Kilrush Traditional Music & Set Dancing Festival
Hell of the West Triathlon
Consairtin, The National Concertina Convention
Burren Peaks Walking Festival
The Doonbeg International Jazz Festival 2015
Burren Slow Food Festival Week
Rose of Clare Festival
Wavemasters Music & Surf Event
Bunratty International Chess Festival
Kilmurry Harvest Festival
Tuamgraney Community Weekend
The Online Academy of Irish Music (Irish Music Retreats)
Loop Head Heritage & Walking Festival
Junior Tour of Ireland
Fleadh Cheoil an Chláir Cill Rois
International Angling Week
Festival of Fun
Burren Chocolate Festival
Cannonball Ireland
Clare Festival of Traditional Singing
Burren College of Art (20th Anniversary)
Spancihill Fair
Clarecastle Regatta
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Matching & Music Festival
Inis Fest
Father Ted Festival Kilfenora
Kincora Traditional Weekend
Lahinch Brittany Autumn Festival (LBAF)
Mountshannon Arts Festival
Village Carnival Music, Arts and Heritage 2015
Ennistymon Book Town Festival
Corofin Traditional Festival 2015
2015 Longboard Surfing Festival
Kildysart Cultural Festival
Caitlin MacNamara/Dylant Thomas Memorial Weekend
Tulla Weekend of the Welcomes
Burren Tolkien Society Festival 2015
4th Annual Burren Food Fayre
Feakle Cultural Exchange Group
Dan Furey Weekend
Ennis Fringe Festival
Music and Cook Up
Ennis Fashion Week
Summer Music on the Shannon
Doolin Heritage Weekend
The Songbirds Music Tour