Wednesday, 23rd January 2019
Press statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
Government funding of almost €370,000 has been announced for festivals in Galway this year.
The investment will enhance Galway’s growing reputation as the ‘City of Festivals’ and boost the local economy, according to Fine Gael TD for Galway West Hildegarde Naughton.
“Galway’s expansive schedule of festivals has become part of our identity as a city and county, and showcases many of the things that make Galway such a great place to visit and live,” she said.
“The festivals celebrate our unique connection to arts and culture, and attract visitors from around the globe, making them integral to our local economy and tourism product.”
Galway International Arts Festival – one of Europe’s largest annual arts events – will receive €300,000 of the funding through Fáilte Ireland. It attracts over 200,000 people to the city each year, and is estimated to be worth €30 million to the local economy.
A total of €16,000 has been awarded to Galway Film Fleadh, which has attracted up to 20,000 visitors in previous years and is believed to generate revenue of almost €7 million for the local economy.
Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival will receive funding of €30,000 under the allocation, while Clifden Arts Festival has been awarded €8,500, and Vodafone Comedy Carnival received €10,000.
Deputy Naughton said that he funding allocation was an investment that would see a huge return in terms of tourism revenue for local businesses, and the continued enhancement of Galway’s international reputation.
“Our calendar of festivals and events is enormously important in the context of our tourism offering and economy. But the value of these to our quality of living and our reputation as a special place to live, work or visit is unquantifiable,” said the Galway West TD.
“These festivals not only put Galway on the map for tourists, but also for multinational companies when they look for locations in which to invest and set up operations.
“Quality of living is an important factor when those companies make such decisions, and Galway’s festival-filled summers show that the city is among the best in that regard,” added Deputy Naughton.