Fáilte Ireland awards €1.6m to 16 Irish festivals and events

It's hoping to build on a record-breaking tourism year...

Fáilte Ireland has announced today that it is making over €1.6m available to 16 key national festivals and events around the country as part of the first phase of its 2017 National Festivals and Events Programme.

These are events which have demonstrated that they have "significant international appeal."

The bulk of the money is going to one recipient - Dublin's St Patrick’s festival gets €1m of the total funding.

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Announcing the funding, Caeman Wall, Head of Research and Evaluation with Fáilte Ireland, emphasised the importance of festivals for Ireland and the tourism sector:

"Large festivals drive tourism activity and are vital to sustaining tourism growth by providing enough compelling reasons for overseas visitors to choose Ireland.

"Festivals play an important role in guaranteeing that we have a full menu of things for tourists to see and do and provide the backbone to the tourism calendar. Significantly, they also help to bring to life our key brands – Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and Dublin, A Breath of Fresh Air."

Here's a full breakdown of who's getting what:

  • St Patrick’s festival Dublin - €1,000,000
  • Tradfest Dublin - €60,000
  • Dublin International Film Festival - €10,000
  • Dublin Dance Festival - €10,000
  • Cork Intl Choral Festival - €60,000
  • Tattersalls Horse Trials & Country Fair - €12,500
  • Galway International Arts Festival - €275,000
  • Donegal Rally - €15,000
  • Listowel Writers Week - €25,000
  • Sea Sessions - €20,000
  • Earagail Arts Festival - €45,000
  • West Cork Music & Literary Festival - €60,000
  • Rory Gallagher Festival - €40,000
  • Cúirt - €12,000
  • Quest Adventure Races - €15,000
  • Ireland Bike Fest Killarney- €15,000      

The next round of funding will be announced early next year.