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Arts Council awards €10,000 to promote Sliabh Luachra Music Trial

Kate Kennelly - Arts Officer, Kerry County Council
Minister Heather Humphries
Ian McDonagh - Arts Officer, Cork County Council
Sheila Deegan - Arts Officer, Limerick City and County Council

By Aislinn Dowling

A sum of €10,000 has been awarded by the Arts Council to Cork County, Limerick City and Kerry County Council in a bid to help promote the popular Sliabh Luachra Music Trial.

The funding for the project is being made available under the Arts Council’s ‘Invitation to Collaboration’ scheme.

Sheila Deegan, Arts Officer with Limerick City and County Council said, “The money will be used to promote the musical heritage of Sliabh Luachra and is part of a broader move to preserve musical artefacts and support cultural tourism in the region.”

The partnership project between the councils aims to identify new ways of bringing the arts to people across Ireland and to highlight the role of the arts in building sustainable, cohesive communities.

The project encompasses festivals, venues, musicians and tutors to help them to grow active participation from both musicians and audiences in the unique traditional music style.

Director of the Arts Council, Orlaith McBride, said, “This will benefit arts organisations, artists and the people in counties across Ireland.  The purpose of this scheme is to enable greater collaboration between arts offices around the country.  As a public service organisation, we must work better at utilising the rich expertise that exists in these offices, and funding projects with a regional focus is an excellent way to do just that.”

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