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Monday 21 April 2014

Gathering Carlow to receive total of €30,000 funding

33 OUT OF 35 APPLICANTS SUCCESSFUL

Carlwo has been granted €30,000 towards Gathering events.

OUT OF a €2million national fund for The Gathering Carlow is to receive €30,000, county councillors were told at their monthly meeting on Monday evening.

Thirty-five applications were sent in to the council by local groups who hope to stage an event under The Gathering umbrella and out of this 33 were successful.

' They include a very good spread and it is great to see so many initiatives for the county,' said Bernie O'Brien, Director of Corporate, Community and Enterprise.

Cllr Jennifer Murnane O'Connor wanted to know about the two refusals and she was informed that one is already getting funding under Fáilte Ireland and that the second did not include enough information in the application and was 'never going to happen'.

Cllr Wayne Fennell highlighted his concern over a lack of accommodation for people visiting Carlow during the festival but Ms O'Brien noted that although 'everyone would like accommodation in Carlow town' Leighlinbridge, Bagenalstown and Tullow are all just minutes away.

'I'm confident the county has lots of accommodation,' she said.

Events for The Gathering have all been listed. They will kick off in March with a Junior Squash Open, class reunions for Carlow Vocational School, the 40th anniversary ball of Carlow Karate Club and the Dawn Gathering Mass followed by the International Pan Celtic Festival which runs April 2 - 7.

The Barrow River Arts Festival takes place April 19 – 21, followed by the annual convention of Optometrists, international Grandmothers Day on April 21, Carlow's first International Bridge Congress, the Irish Open Dance competition, Carlow Golf Gathering, Barrowfest Leighlinbridge, the European Kenpo Karate Camp, Bagenalstown May Fest, St Fiaacs Primary School Reunion, Ballon GAA BBQ, Carlow rowing festival, wood art gathering, Eigse, which runs from June 7 to 16, a council twinning welcome, Parkville Utd FC Tullow 35th Anniversary, exhibition Beasts of England Beasts of Ireland, History Festival of Ireland, which takes place June 15 - 16, followed by Relay for life and the Leinster Way Gathering Carlow Show.

This brings events up to July and this month starts with the Bagenalstown Returning Emigrants Dance, Bennekerry Past and Present, Bagenalstown Musical Gathering, St Mullins Parish Gathering, Ryan Family Clan Reunion and Clonegal 'En Tente Florale'.

In August the Borris Welcome Home Gathering Takes Place, followed by the 2013 IBSF World under 21 snooker championships, Tullow Community School class of 83 reunion, Tullow Agricultural Show on August 18, Carlow 800, Carlow International Golf Classic and Outdoor Carlow.

The last number of events to take place during the year will be the centenary celebration of the Adelaide Memorial Church, the Nolan family clan gathering, Carlow's 10th international karate competition and Where To From Here.

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