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Tom Vaughan Lawlor at Galway Arts Festival in 2013

Tom Vaughan Lawlor at Galway Arts Festival in 2013

Tom Vaughan Lawlor at Galway Arts Festival in 2013

Performances by Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Imelda May, Glen Hansard and Josh Ritter helped the Galway Arts Festival record revenues of €1.835m in 2013.

The long running festival - which this July hosts the likes of Damien Rice, Sinead O'Connor and St Vincent - provides a multi-million euro windfall to Galway every year.

In 2013, the festival attracted 160,000 visitors over the two-week festival. This figure rose to 180,000 last year. Accounts lodged by Galway Arts Festival with the Companies Office show that firm recorded a modest profit of €2,761 in 2013 following profits of €20,717 in 2012.

Revenues for the year fell marginally by €5,569 to €1.835m. Box office revenue rose from €674,526 to €698,762 in 2013.

The festival receives the majority of its funding through grants, with €482,292 from the Arts Council, €227,000 from Failte Ireland and €229,759 from 'sponsorship and friends' along with local authority funding of €58,500.

The festival's total spend in 2013 came to €1.83m with €787,707 on the artistic programme; €324,552 on production costs; €357,388 on management costs; and €309,192 on publicity and marketing. Staff costs in 2013 rose from €429,107 to €442,743.

Irish Independent