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Funding boost for Council’s three ‘signature’ tourist events

Armagh Georgian Day 2017

Three of the Council’s most high-profile “signature” events have secured a funding boost from Tourism Northern Ireland.

A total of £45,000 was handed down to Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for the three flagship events over the coming 12 months.

The Food and Cider Festival received an amount of £15,000, with the Georgian Festival getting £20,000, while St Patrick’s Festival was given a £10,000 boost.

Applications were submitted to Tourism Northern Ireland’s (TNI) Tourism Event Funding Programme; two of which will take place this year, with the St Patrick’s Festival next March.

Armagh sought maximum sponsorship of £30,000 to go it alone by staging its own St Patrick’s Festival celebration in 2019 – however, the figure received was less than hoped for.

The ABC Council’s three-year collaboration with neighbouring Newry, Mourne and Down District Council came to an end this year.

In January, Armagh I reported how the Council wanted the £30,000 towards the overall £106,000 needed for the big event.

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