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Over €100k funding for Donegal festivals 24.01.19

THE Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, has announced €107,000 in Fáilte Ireland funding to enhance and promote four festivals in Donegal: Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival receives €37,000, Earagail Arts Festival gets €35,000, Sea Sessions receives €20,000 and Donegal International Rally gets €15,000.
Festivals and events are critical for tourism growth as they specifically attract more than 200,000 overseas visitors to Ireland and contribute €108million to the economy every year.
Fáilte Ireland, as the National Tourism Development Authority, identified festivals as a key component for tourism growth, particularly during off-season times in its plans for 2019.
Paul Kelly, Chief Executive Failte Ireland and Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport with street characters, from Artastic, Eugenia Genunchi, Piya Chanphet and Rachel Lally.
Making the announcement, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD said:
“With many challenges on the horizon for tourism, today’s announcement is a welcome start to 2019. Not only do festivals and events play an important role in delivering brilliant visitor experiences, they often encourage people to visit areas outside of traditional tourism hotspots and outside of peak times, helping to spread the benefits of tourism to communities throughout Ireland.”
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