Media furthers homegrown myth
Madam – A recent article (Sunday Independent, May 19, 2013) featured a photograph of my group, MaSamba Samba School. The article in question was called 'Summer fun on the festival trail' and was written by Lucinda O'Sullivan.
Generally one could say that the purpose of the article was to promote the myriad festivals which still take place in Ireland, despite the downturn in the economy. Many localities recognise that a well-run festival, with an interesting programme, can be an economic windfall attracting both visitors from outside, and encouraging locals to spend a little more than usual.
While initially excited that a photo of our group had been included, this soon turned to disappointment when I read the caption: 'The Heat is On, Drogheda Samba Festival will feature dancers from the UK and France...'