THIRTY Gathering projects taking place in Wicklow have received €55,000 in Grant Awards, with three flagship awards taking the lion's share..
Announcing the funding, Cllr. Pat Casey, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council and Wicklow's Gathering Steering Group, said that while some of the Gathering events relate to festivals which have already been up and running for a number of years, other events in 2013 have been organised with the Gathering strictly in mind.
At the grant ceremony, Wicklow County Manager, Eddie Sheehy, thanked IPB and the Department of Environment for making the grants available, stating that the grant aid would not only be of financial assistance but would also give groups a reassurance that their project is of value to their local community and to the local and national economy. Three flagship events have been awarded €25,000 in funding.
'Canada Come Home' is based in Coolattin Estate in south Wicklow.
After the Great Famine of the 1840s, the surviving tenants were resettled in Canada.
Many of their descendents have been traced and are being encouraged to visit Ireland for the event in September.
The Tinahely Court House Committee helped to organise the festival taking place from September 13 to 15.
The Hollywood Fair is now in its third year and locals have been contacting relations and friends living abroad and demanding they return home for the fair in August.
The festival is a throwback to the 1950s and 1960s in the village with an emphasis on the customs of yore.
Greystones Arts Festival had been an annual event until 2006 and is being resurrected, due to popular demand, to coincide with the Gathering 2013.
Opportunities are being availed of to promote the event on radio stations in England, including Birmingham. The festival, taking place from Friday May 31 to Monday June 3, will also be promoted in Holyhead, Greystones twin town. The remaining 27 Gathering projects share €30,000 in grants, ranging from €2,500 to €500. The hotel industry is reporting plenty of Gathering inquiries.