TWO major Kilkenny festivals have received support from Government under funding announced by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring T.D., local TD, John Paul Phelan has confirmed.
The funding of €2.6 million for 34 national festivals which will take place all around Ireland this year includes finance for Kilkenny Arts Festival and Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, two events which draw huge crowds to the city and county each year from home and abroad.
“Tourism is key to our economic recovery and I’m especially pleased that Kilkenny Arts Festival and Cat Laughs Comedy Festival have received funding,” Deputy Phelan said.
“Festivals are magnets for visitors, from home and abroad, and they bring revenue and economic activity into every corner of Ireland into Kilkenny. This funding, administered through the Fáilte Ireland Festivals and Events Initiative, is a serious investment in tourism and helps us to boost growth in a sector which already delivers jobs and almost €5 billion in revenue,” Deputy Phelan added.
The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, which takes place from May 31st to June 4th, brings Irish comedians together with a huge international line-up, in what has become one of the most popular and well attended festivals in Ireland.
Now in its 39th year, the Kilkenny Arts Festival comes alive every August for 10 days with exciting events for all the family. Starting on the 10th August, the festival brings together the very best in Irish and international visual art, classical music, theatre and dance.