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Decision made due to funding cuts and quay work

ELAINE FURLONG

Published 03/04/2012 | 09:39

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THERE IS to be no JFK Dunbrody Festival this year.

After a twelve year run it was announced yesterday (Monday) that the hugely popular festival, which draws tens of thousands of people to New Ross every year to enjoy performances from top artists, is to be postponed for this year.

Describing the situation as a 'perfect storm', Chairman of the Festival Committee Sean Connick said this week that one of the main reasons for this decision is attributed to a whopping €50,000 reduction in funding from a number of sources.

The redevelopment of the quay front over the summer months will prevent the committee from bringing the popular markets to New Ross and all this coupled with the loss of car parking on the Quay during the construction phase will impact on their ability to facilitate the carnival.

'We are disappointed that we have had to make this decision,' said Sean Connick.

'We did look at the possibility of running a smaller scale event but we ruled this out as we have built up people's expectations and have run hugely successful and popular festivals over the last few years and we feel we would not be doing justice to the festival to bring it back to a smaller scale event so the decision is to postpone 2012,' he added.

'We know that it will cause great disappointment to a lot of people, but we feel that it is the right decision for 2012,' added the Festival Chairman.

However, the committee are to meet this November to plan for the JFK Dunbrody Festival 2013 when they say they will have a 'clear run' and 'wonderful refurbished' quay front to work with.

'I want to thank everybody for their support over the last 12 years and in particular my fellow committee members, our small but dedicated team who have worked so hard at delivering what has become a great and unique festival in the South East, our sponsors and friends of JFK Dunbrody Festival and assure you that we will try and return bigger and better in 2013,' added Sean Connick.

Following yesterday's announcement Cllr. Michael Sheehan said he has been in discussion with his council colleagues who are due to meet to consider setting up a committee to organise a 'festival for the people'.

'It's regrettable that the JFK festival committee has decided not to run the event this year. I feel that the people and business community deserve a festival to give the mood and economy of the locality a boost,' said Cllr. Sheehan.

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