Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring TD has today announced that funding of €1.945m has been approved by Fáilte Ireland under the National Festivals and Events Programme for 16 key national festivals and events – with significant international appeal – to take place next year.

Minister Ring explained the significance of such funding:

‘Festivals and events are the lifeblood of tourism and are as much part of our appeal to visitors as the beauty of our landscapes and the friendliness of our people. Ensuring that we will have a rich variety of spectacle and experiences throughout the country and all year round next year, the funding announced today will provide a key component of our work in 2015 to grow visitor activity towards record levels’…..

Failte Ireland News 08/12/2014 Read the article ‘Ring announces almost €2m for major festivals and events in 2015