Funding announced for Comhaltas in Clare

Funding announced for Comhaltas in Clare


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Clare is to benefit from two Arts and Culture funding allocations to the tune of €38,591.

The funding is part of €750,000 allocated to more than 60 local arts organisations around the country by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys as part of the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016-2018.

Cois na  hAbhna CCÉ is to receive €20,000 while Teach Ceoil Kilrush CCE will receive €18,591.

The Cois na hAbhna branch of Comhaltas will receive €20,000 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Minister Pat Breen said: “This is a very important week of course for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Clare as it counts down to what I am sure will be a very successful Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis.

“Of course once Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann has finished, CCÉ in Clare will be looking to the Munster Fleadh which will also be held in Ennis next year. Funding for CCÉ in Clare is therefore particularly welcome at his time,” he added.

The funding is being made available under Stream 3 of the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme. Earlier this year, Minister Humphreys announced funding of over €9 million under Stream 1 and 2 of the Scheme.

“The first two rounds of funding were aimed at larger organisations but these grants are for smaller community based groups, many of whom are doing great work here in Clare in the arts and culture sphere.

“While the maximum grant allowed under this scheme is €20,000, the grants will still make a significant difference to those smaller organisations looking to develop, for example, IT projects, new lighting and sound systems in theatres and arts centres, seating, staging and storage and the improvement of digital facilities,” Minister Breen added.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.