€50,000 in funding has been granted to regional festivals ere in 2012 by Michael Ring, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
The grants awarded are as follows:
Guth Gafa, €7000
Ballyshannon International Folk Festival 2013, €5000
Oideas Gael Cultural Festival, €3000
Mary of Dungloe Reunion 2013, €3000
Taste of Donegal Food Festival, €5000
North West Garden Show - White House, €5000
Cup an Tae + Ardara Gathering, €3000
Donegal Gathering TV Channel, €7000
Letterkenny Live, €2500
Gallagher Clan - 2nd global gathering, €5000
Ballyshannon 400 Events, €4500
Dinny McGinley TD Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht welcomed the funding: “Regional festivals are part and parcel of life in Ireland. In many towns people come together throughout the year to plan all the activities which will take place during their festival time. These regional festivals are a central element of the cultural calendar for many communities.
“They bring people together to celebrate and showcase the best talents of their areas. Additionally, these regional festivals act as a magnet to bring visitors with similar interest from around the country and overseas to participate in large gatherings of like minded people who share common interests. Books, music, dance and food festivals all strive to have something for everyone”.
The festivals listed below will receive funding under this Regional Festival Funding Initiative through Fáilte Ireland.