Arts Council Restores Funding for 5 Traditional Music Festivals

A young fiddle player at Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh

Arts Council Restores Funding for 5 Traditional Music Festivals

Skerries Traditional Music Weekend, now in its 16th year, refused funding.

In its latest round of funding under the Festival and Events Scheme, the Arts Council has restored funding to five of the seven traditional music festivals that were cut completely last year.

An Chúirt Chruitireactha, Cruinniú na bhFliúit, Éigse an Spidéil, NYAH County Cavan Irish Traditional Music Festival, and Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh all received funding again, with amounts ranging from €2,500 to €9,000. 

Tionól Niocláis Tóibín did not apply for funding this year, while the Skerries Traditional Music Weekend did apply but was refused.

The total amount received by traditional music and dance festivals (categorised under ‘Traditional Arts’) was €66,000. As well as the five above, recipients included Féile Patrick Byrne, Corofin Traditional Festival, the Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival, and the John McKenna Festival. 

The average amount received by 16 traditional arts festivals was €4,125.

Music and Opera
As well as the traditional music and dance festivals, €149,000 was allocated in the latest round 
to festivals categorised under ‘Music’. Recipients included the Bray Jazz Festival (€20,000), Limerick Jazz Festival (€15,000) and New Ross Piano Festival (€15,000).

The average amount received by 15 music festivals was €9,267.

Lismore Music Festival received €10,000 under the ‘Opera’ category and the 10th Annual Coole Music Orchestra Festival received €4,481 in the ‘Young People’ category.

For full funding details of the festivals, see below. For more, visit 

Cairde naCruite: An Chúirt Chruitireactha

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh

Nyah Festival

Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle: Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar

Corofin Traditional Festival

Cos Cos Dance Group: Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival

Feile Chois Cuain

Jim Dowling Uileann Pipe And Traditional Music Festival

An Gaelacadamh: Éigse an Spidéil 2017

The Gathering Festival

Sean-Nos Cois Life

Cruinniú na bhFliúit 2017

John McKenna Traditional Society: John McKenna Festival

The Leitrim Dance Project

Carrickmacross Comhaltas: Féile Patrick Byrne 2017

St Patrick’s Scor Committee: 34th Annual Set Dancing Workshop

Bray Jazz Festival

Limerick Jazz Society: Limerick Jazz Festival 2017, LJS Spring and Autumn Concerts 2017, Limerick Jazz Workshop Junior Programme

New Ross Piano Festival 2017

Music in Kilkenny

Music for Wexford Chamber Music Series

Galway Early Music Festival

Clifden Arts Society

Ortús Festival

Symphony Club of Waterford Annual Programme

Killaloe Chamber Music Festival

Waterford Music Chamber Music Programme

Chamber Music on Valentia

Dún Laoghaire Organ Festival

Ballydehob International Jazz Festival

Waterford New Music Week 2017

Lismore Opera Festival

Coole Music and Arts: 10th Annual Coole Music Orchestra Festival

Published on 10 February 2017

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