Members briefed on The Gathering
MEMBERS OF Wicklow County Council received a briefing on the upcoming The Gathering event at last week's meeting of the council.
County Librarian Brendan Martin who is overseeing much of the work relating to the event in Wicklow said that the event is expected to bring an additional 325,000 people to Ireland during 2013 with a revenue of €170million expected to be generated.
He said it is hoped that Wicklow will benefit to the tune of between €3 to €4 million from the year long event.
Mr. Martin said a steering committee had been set up in May of this year and had been meeting regularly.
Community meetings around the county had also been held to gauge people's opinions.
Currently he said there was between 30-35 Wicklow events on The Gathering website but this is expected to grow in the coming months.
They range from family gatherings and a wedding to Canada come home and the La Touche Legacy festival.
He said grant funding of €55,000 had recently been announced and this would be allocated by mid December with a closing date for application at the end of November.
To qualify for funding projects had to be listed on The Gathering website.
Cllr. Jimmy O'Shaughnessy suggested liaising with the 11 secondary schools in the county and Mr. Martin said they could be contacted but said the initiative would have to come from the schools themselves.
County manager Eddie Sheehy said while the council was very supportive of The Gathering the budgets would have to be looked at in terms of giving financial support.