Minister Madigan announces funding for Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has today announced a funding allocation of €76,000 fund to support Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools.

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 18th May 2018. Funding was allocated following a competitive applications process, with a maximum grant of €5,000 available.

There was significant demand for this scheme in 2018, with 71 applications, as opposed to 20 in 2016.

This list of successful applicants is below:

Speaking today Minister Madigan said:

“It is important to support local cultural events and activities as all culture, in essence, starts locally, with the people and is reinforced and developed through the community.”


Applicant Project Description County  2018 allocation
Edgeworthstown District Development Association Clg Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival Longford  €         4,000.00
Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School Summer school which includes Irish music, song, dance and Gaeilge Mayo  €         3,500.00
Parnell Society (Avondale Trust) Summer school which includes lectures, round tables, field trips, exhibitions and ancillary activities Dublin  €         4,000.00
Ballyhaunis Chamber Ballyhaunis Festival Mayo  €         1,000.00
Midsummer Arts Festival Naas & Sallins Midsummer Arts Festival – a diverse range of cultural and artistic events Kildare  €         1,000.00
Irish Heritage Trust (Stokestown Park) The Irish Famine Summer School which explores the Great Irish Famine and its legacy Dublin  €         2,000.00
Dundrum Arts and Cultural Festival  Arts and Cultural festival to bring communities together and have a greater understanding of the diversity of all groups in the Dundrum area Dublin  €         5,000.00
Monaghan County Fleadh Four day arts and cultural event Monaghan  €         2,000.00
Carrickmacross Arts Festival Affordable arts festival for all ages to celebrate local culture and heritage Monaghan  €         5,000.00
9th Indian Film festival Film festival held in Dublin’s various cinemas and arts centres Dublin  €         2,000.00
Mayo celtic Holidays Ltd The Kiltimagh Coillte Come Home Festival – a week long celebration of Irish culture and tradition Mayo  €         1,500.00
Mr Yeats’ visit to Killala A community based event which celebrates the influence that Killala, its people and events had on William Butler Yeats Mayo  €         1,000.00
Muckno Mania Festival A 4 day arts and cultural festival Monaghan  €         3,000.00
Kerry County Council The Daniel O’Connell Summer School Kerry  €         3,000.00
Ionad Ealaiona Iorras Teo Féile Iorras – and international Folk arts festival Mayo  €         1,500.00
Muintir Chrónáin Ceol Faoin Túr Cultural Festival – a festival of traditional arts and modern Irish language Dublin  €         3,500.00
Rossinver Community Centre Rossinver mixed media art summer school Leitrim  €         3,000.00
Offline Film Festival A showcase event around the culmination of the Residency which will occur at the OFFline Festival in October 2018 Offaly  €         2,000.00
Castleblayney Regeneration Committee 3 day festival called Castleblayney celebrates Big Tom Monaghan  €         1,000.00
Monaghan Neighbourhood Youth Project Safe and Sounds festival aimed to promote young people’s participation in theit loocal community through arts, culture and film Monaghan  €         3,000.00
Enniscrone and District Community Development CLG The Black Pigs Festiival Sligo  €         1,500.00
Oranmore Arts Festival A festival promoting the cultural offerings of Oranmore Galway  €         1,000.00
Ballina Fringe Festival and Mayo North Promotions Office Five events that will bring high quality arts contents to new audiences North Mayo Mayo  €         2,500.00
Erris Chamber of Commerce Children of Lir Festival Mayo  €         1,000.00
Leo Carthy Weekend A festival to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of County Wexford Wexford  €         1,000.00
Association of Irish Musical Societies AIMS Choral Festival and AIMS Youth Summer School Dublin  €         2,000.00
Michael O’Cleirigh Summer School A summer school with the theme ‘Annals and earls’ Donegal  €         3,000.00
Corofin Tourism and traders association Festival of Finn Clare  €         2,000.00
Foróige A summer camp on local history, culture, film making and art Cork  €         1,000.00
Cootehill Branch of CCÉ 14th Annual Gerry Whelan Traditional Irish weekend Cavan  €         1,000.00
Nzuko Abia Ireland A cultural festival that will attract migrants from different ethnic backgrounds Dublin  €         1,500.00
Kerry Writers’ Museum A festival to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the birth of John B. Keane Kerry  €         2,500.00
Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds An Irish music, heritage and Cultue weekend Galway  €         3,000.00
Laragh Heritage Amsir – a non-residential summer Irish language experience Monaghan  €         1,000.00
 €       76,000.00




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