€7,500 investment announced for festival and events in Carlow – DEERING

23rd April, 2014


Tourism in Carlow set to benefit from increased funding


Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, has welcomed the announcement by Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Michael Ring TD, that €7,500 is set to be invested in festivals and events in Carlow This is part of a major national injection of over €500,000 by Fáilte Ireland in 175 regional festivals and events.

“Local events and festivals have played a huge role in Irish Tourism’s success in 2013. These events attract many people into the area and entice locals to come out and spend. Further investment in this area is set to provide a major boost; it will contribute to improving the festivals even further and assist in building the tourism sector.

“During 2013’s year of the Gathering, Carlow was given the opportunity to showcase its cultural, musical and sporting charms. This funding will allow communities to broaden their appeal at home and abroad. All investment in this area is truly welcomed.

“Tourism supports over 10,000 jobs each year in Ireland. In addition, thousands of people volunteer to help out with local events and festivals. These events are good for communities; they allow people to get to know their neighbours and to interact with people who share similar interests.

“This investment will allow us to attract further visitors and revenue, and it is a definite indication of the confidence Fáilte Ireland has in Tourism and in Carlow.

“€5,000 has been awarded to Carlow Arts Festival. The June festival opens the summer arts festival calendar and makes use of many significant arts venue and tourist attraction across the county. €2,500 has also been granted to ‘The Stone Mad Multi-Stage Marathon’ unique running event along the River Barrow Corridor and Mount Leinster Region.