€111,000 funding for Kerry-based festivals

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€111,000 in funding has been allocated for Kerry-based festivals.

It was announced by Minister for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin as part of the 2019 Regional Festivals and Participative Events Programme.

Minister Griffin says festivals play an important role in delivering visitor experiences and often encourage people to visit areas outside of traditional tourism hotspots.

Senator Paul Coghlan welcomed the news, saying this will boost tourist numbers and should increase footfall to Kerry.

The funding will be provided by Fáilte Ireland to local festivals which apply to the Regional Festivals and Participative Events Programme.

The programme aims to generate visitor growth and revenue.

€30,000 has been allocated for Listowel Writers’ Week and the Rose of Tralee Festival.

Other Voices has been allocated €15,000, while Quest will receive €14,000 and Ireland BikeFest Killarney will receive €12,000.

The Dingle Marathon has been allocated €10,000.

An additional €25,000 has also been allocated to various St Patrick’s Day festivals throughout Ireland.

The funding will be used to enhance existing festivals and develop new festival ideas.