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Cash grant means return of Crawley Irish Festival

jpco 28-8-13 Irish Festival at Hawth 2013 (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00120130827101946

jpco 28-8-13 Irish Festival at Hawth 2013 (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00120130827101946

Residents will once again be able to celebrate all things Celtic for free next month thanks to a grant from the Irish government.

Organisers of Crawley’s Irish Festival this week announced the festival would once again receive a funds boost from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Although the final amount has not yet been announced, organiser John Nolan said it was likely to be less than 50 per cent of the £19,000 needed to run the festival for free.

He is still waiting for the results of bids to West Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council.

“To run a free event and festival like this you do need funding, it is the lifeblood of events like this,” said John.

This year’s festival has been moved from its August bank holiday spot for the first time in its 19-year history to Sunday, September 21. The change was made because of a shortage of volunteers and John reissued his plea for people to give up their time to help out.

“People often think because we get grants that we can pay people,” he said. “I wish we could but there is just not the money.”

Anyone who would like to volunteer can call John on 07956 317492 or email john.nolan@celtic-irish.co.uk.

 

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