• Government funding totalling €17,500 has been allocated for eight community-based festivals and Summer Schools in Mayo.

    The scheme is designed to assit local cultural events, which may not be eligible under funding criteria for larger-scale grants, such as those supported by Failte Ireland and the Arts Council.

    The Seosamh McGabhann Summer School in Kilmovee gets the largest allocation of €5,000 with grants also for the North mayo Summer School of Traditional Music, Swinford 250 and More festival, the Ballina Fringe Festival, Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival and the Mac Luí Children's Arts Festival in Westport, Mayo North Old Engine & Tractor Club Heritage Day and Feile Iorrais - the folk arts festival in Erris.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says it's important to support these local events that bring visitors to areas across Co Mayo...

  • A number of festivals across the region, that were at risk of being cancelled, have got a reprieve , as a new licence is being sought to allow Civil Defence volunteers to continue providing emergency medical cover.

    A problem around the licensing of first-aid workers had threatened to close down some events.

    The Civil Defence requires a licence from the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council to operate at festivals.

    The current licence was due to expire at the end of July, but was extended to the end of this month.

    There were some concerns over its renewal, but the Department of Defence has now submitted an application to renew the licence, following engagement with local authorities.

    Minister of State with responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe has thanked Civil Defence volunteers for their patience, and says that - with the licence issue now resolved - the Civil Defence can continue to deliver the professional level of emergency medical cover it's renowned for.

    The Association of Irish Festivals & Events has welcomed the breakthrough, and said Civil Defence personnel provide an important service when it comes to the safe running of festivals.



  • Funding totalling €12,000 has been allocated for 7 festivals taking place in Co Mayo this Summer.

    The Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan has allocated funding for local cultural events - with grants ranging from €1,000 to €3,500.

    Funding has been allocated to the following events:  

    €3,500 - Seosamh MacGabhann Summer School, Kilmovee

    €2,500 - Ballina Fringe Festival & Mayo North Promotions Office

    €1,500 - Féile Iorras

    €1,500 - Kiltimagh Coillte Come Home Festival

    €1,000 - Ballyhaunis Summer Festival

    €1,000 - Mr Yeats' visit to Killala

    €1,000 - Erris Chamber / Children of Lír festival