News — 30 April 2014

The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, yesterday officially launched a new Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora which seeks to build on the legacy of The Gathering 2014. The initiative, a joint partnership between Fáilte Ireland, IPB Insurance and the 34 Local Authorities (under the auspices of the County and City Managers Association), will provide an annual fund of €1m over the next three years to support up to 700 local community-based events and festivals each year.

The Local Authorities are to implement the initiative at county/city level and will be responsible for funds administration including grant applications and awards in accordance with agreed national criteria. From today, Meath County Council will be calling on all interested local parties to make their applications. The closing date for applications is 9 May 2014.

Please see attached information regarding the funding. This information is also available to download from the main council website on

Meath Local Authorities – Tel: +353 (0) 46 909 7068 – Mob: +353 (0) 87 8957680


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