IPB GATHERING IRELAND FUND ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF COUNTY LOUTH GATHERING EVENTS AND ACTIVITES
A total of 39 Gathering events will receive funding in County Louth under the nationwide €2m IPB Gathering Ireland Fund. Details of the gatherings were announced on Thursday last by Michael Ring, TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport at a launch in Castletown House, Co Kildare.
Pictured, from left, are Mr Ronan Foley, Chief Executive of IPB; Mr
George Jones, chairman of IPB; Ms Joan Martin, Louth Local Authorities
County Manager; Mr Brendan McGrath, Meath Local Authorities County
Manager; Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport,
and Mr. Jim Miley, Gathering Ireland Project Director
The gatherings, divided into key county flagship events and community gatherings are funded as a result of a €1M philanthropic donation by IPB Insurance that was matched by the Gathering Ireland in response to the enormous interest expressed nationwide in the tourism initiative. The overall total of 39 funded events in County Louth is made up of 3 flagship events and 36 local community events.
- The 3 Flagship events that have received funding are;
- Drogheda Samba Festival
- Louth Land of Legends Nautical Gathering Event
- The National Leprechaun Hunt, Carlingford
Speaking at the announcement, Joan Martin, County Manager, Louth County Council said ‘we expect to achieve several thousand additional incremental overseas visitors to County Louth directly as a result of The Gathering. This will contribute greatly to the local economy as visitors will spend throughout a range of businesses from accommodation to restaurants and retail. We are looking forward to a positive year for tourism in County Louth and to working together on one of the largest ever tourism initiatives in Ireland.’
Minister Ring said, “I’m delighted that we can present such a huge range of flagship events which shows what a great year we have ahead of us. There really is something for everyone, whether you live in Ireland or are coming from overseas. The IPB Gathering Ireland Fund will have a real impact on 2013 and I commend IPB Insurance for its commitment to this project.”
The €2m fund was administered by the city and county councils based on agreed application criteria. A key factor in the evaluation process was capacity to attract overseas visitors.
Ronan Foley, CEO of IPB Insurance, said, “The large number of applications received by City and County Councils is testament to the public support and endorsement for The Gathering. IPB Insurance is proud partners of this fantastic initiative that reaches out and supports community and flagship events right across the country. These events will, I believe, reap long term economic and social benefits for Ireland. In particular, I would encourage Corporate Ireland to adopt a leadership role in getting behind our country, our economy and our communities through this fantastic initiative.”
Gathering Ireland Project Director, Jim Miley, commented on the response they received. “As of today there are a total of 2600 Gatherings registered on the website. This really does demonstrate how much people have embraced the Gathering. The IPB support has enabled us to provide funding for smaller and medium scale Gathering events that might not otherwise have happened or that will help event organisers attract additional overseas visitors.”