Funding for Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools in Kildare

Fianna Fail Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has welcomed the announcement by her Government colleagues of €12,650 for small scale local festivals and summer schools in Kildare.

Senator O’Loughlin said, “The scheme is designed to assist local cultural events which may not be eligible under funding criteria for larger scale events such as those supported by Fáilte Ireland, the Arts Council and similar bodies.  Closing date for applications was the 22nd April 2022. Funding was allocated following a competitive applications process, with a maximum grant of €5,000 available.”

“I am delighted to see €12,650 being allocated to Kildare under this funding. Athy Heritage CLG has been granted €4,500 to help fund the 22nd Shackleton Autumn School/Hybrid Festival. Féile Liam O’Flynn was awarded the maximum grant allowable, €5,000 towards the annual celebration of the widespread cultural, musical appeal of County Kildare with a strong emphasis on traditional music.”

“Finally, The Irish Military Heritage Foundation CLG was sanctioned €3,150 for the Speaker Connolly Summer School, which aims to build a foundation exploring Irish diversity, identity and reconciliation through the primary medium of film recording and multimedia platforms such as YouTube. In addition to the in person.”

Fiona concluded by saying “Our arts and culture are such a fundamental aspect of what it means to be Irish and I am pleased to see the funding allocated to Kildare to support local events.