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Funding boost for small regional festivals 17.02.15

A ROUND of funding for small regional festivals in 2015 is to be announced in the coming weeks, Fáilte Ireland has said.
Organisers of small festivals in Co Donegal are being urged to apply for the grants when they are advertised.
The tourism body also revealed that €40,000 had been approved for this year's Earagail Arts Festival (EAF) under its national festivals and events programme.
Fáilte Ireland ceo Shaun Quinn said: "For Ireland, festivals are an important part of the mix which makes us an enjoyable place to visit and the events which we are announcing today will enhance the tourism calendar and add to our attractiveness and our ability to grow overseas visitors and revenue.”
Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe added: “Festivals and events encourage greater visitor traffic and enhance the visitor’s experience wherever they occur. "Crucially, the event (EAF) funded today will act as key motivators for tourism in Donegal and complement the county’s appeal as a visitor destination.
"I am confident that today’s funding – following the first phase of funding late last year - will have a significant impact all around the country.
"To complement this, another round of funding for smaller and regional festivals will be announced in the coming weeks," Mr Donohoe added.
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