Minister of state for tourism and sport Brendan Griffin has announced funding of up to €65,000 through Fáilte Ireland for St. Patrick's Day events in Killarney, Cork and Limerick over the next three years.
"A Welcome Boost And A Significant Opportunity"
Griffin stated, "Festivals and events play an important role in delivering brilliant visitor experiences and help to spread the benefits of tourism to communities throughout Ireland. The commitment of Fáilte Ireland funding and development support for regional St Patrick's Day celebrations is a welcome boost and a significant opportunity to attract overseas visitors outside the traditional peak tourism season."
"The Potential To Motivate Significant Numbers Of Overseas Visitors"
Meanwhile, Fáilte Ireland's head of festivals, Ciara Sugrue, commented, "We are positioning Ireland as 'the' place to celebrate St Patrick's Day. A sizeable number of visitors go to Dublin every year for the St Patrick's Festival, but as part of our strategy to spread the benefits of tourism, we also want to develop St. Patrick's Day celebrations in locations across the country.
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"With strong international propositions and a broad range of accommodation in each local area, the St Patrick's Day celebrations in Killarney, Cork and Limerick have the potential to motivate significant numbers of overseas visitors. We look forward to working with the organising committees over the next three years on a development plan that will see real growth."
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