People in South Tipperary can get ready for a better-than-ever Clonmel Junction Festival next July, according to the festival organisers.
The organisation is already preparing top-class events and is set to receive a €90,000 grant from the Arts Council.
The funding is seen as a significant endorsement of the festival because it is the same amount as last year’s, even though the Arts Council itself received a 7% decrease from the Exchequer in the Budget.
Claudia Woolgar, the outgoing chair of the board of directors of the festival said “The voluntary board and management team work very hard to ensure that this public money is invested wisely, bringing a range of exceptional work to the town and developing the work of local artists”.
The festival, which takes place each July for 10 days, has a staff of two arts managers working all year-round preparing the programme.
The festival also employs the equivalent of one further full-time person when the many temporary paid contracts to artists, technicians and managers are added up.
In recent years the organisation has also undertaken to run a series of cultural events over the winter months. The next event on the calendar is the forthcoming visit to Clonmel of Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk, who will be at Hotel Minella on Thursday, February 13.