Féile Oriel to go ahead despite funding setback

8 April 2011 One Comment by The Northern Standard

By Michael McDonnell

Monaghan’s Féile Oriel festival organisers confirmed to the Northern Standard yesterday that this year’s event will be going ahead as planned on the May Bank Holiday weekend — despite last week’s setback when the Co Council’s Peace III Partnership Board decided it was not in a position to provide funding.
As reported last week, it is understood the Partnership Board was unhappy with certain aspects of the €35,000 funding application, and had deemed the festival to have narrowly failed to meet certain criteria.
But organisers Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn and Charlie McGuinness stated yesterday that the flagship annual traditional music and arts event would be going ahead in any case, with most of the key elements in the programme of events remaining intact.
For this, they have expressed their appreciation and thanks to a long list of local sponsors, whose strong support through funding and other benefits in kind is making the event possible notwithstanding the loss of the Peace monies.
While the funding setback has unavoidably led to some items being cancelled, including the proposed Anúna concert in the Church of Ireland, most of the major events will take place as planned.
The centrepiece Fiddler of Oriel competition, which is already attracting a high level of interest and entrants from all over the country will go ahead, as will the popular Market House Concerts and Club na Féile (Festival Club) late-night shows in the Westenra Hotel. The latter will include top-drawer acts like Lúnasa, Beoga and the Brian Finnegan Band.

Full report in The Northern Standard

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  • Steve Latenne said:

    What aspects of the funding were the partnership board unhappy with exactly? And what were the criterium which the festival failed to meet?