12 November 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A recent cheque presentation event held in Monaghan Town’s Westenra Hotel demonstrated the immense value delivered by the county capital’s annual Country Music Festival to both local charitable causes and community enrichment.

The €40,000 raised by this year’s event for good causes in the Monaghan locality brings to €106,000 the charitable bounty reaped from the festival since its inception three years ago.

“Community support is vital to the success of the festival,” reflected Julie Brannigan of the organising committee.

“Unlike our first two years, the 2015 event encountered some dreadful weather conditions but people still came out in great numbers and the rewards of that have been reaped by a range of local charities doing very good work in our community.”

Julie was of the view that the community nature of the event, which is organised and supervised through voluntary endeavour and disseminates its proceeds in an altruistic manner, was key to explaining its phenomenal success and popularity – with an event that is still in relative infancy already firmly established on both the national and international calendar of “must-visit” music attractions.

She expressed her committee’s thanks to a range of contributors to the success of the 2015 edition, praising the Gardaí for their vigilant but unobtrusive approach to crowd control, the voluntary stewards who assisted them, the thousands of people who turned up over the course of the four days and contributed to the special atmosphere generated in the town centre, and the many local businesses whose “buy-in” to the event through promotions and embellishment of their premises contributed to the creation of a powerful festival ….


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