Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, last week announced a significant provision of €2,964,500 in Fáilte Ireland funding to enhance and promote 40 festivals nationwide and develop new festivals and events across the country.
The allocation of funding will be used to enhance existing festivals, develop new festival ideas and support St. Patrick’s Day celebrations across the country. It is estimated that Festivals and events specifically attract more than 200,000 overseas visitors to Ireland and contribute €108million to the economy every year.
Making the announcement, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin 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. I’m delighted to see Fáilte Ireland focusing on St Patrick’s Day across the country - there is massive opportunity there to attract overseas visitors to locations outside Dublin."