CORK County Council has announced arts funding to over 147 arts organisations and individual artists in the county.
Arts Grants that totalled €155,000 were approved by Cork County Council.
Among the West Cork groups to be grant-aided in 2017 are: Clonakilty Community Arts Centre (€1,000); Ionad Cultúrtha (Baile Mhuirne) €1,600; Working Artist Studios (Skibbereen) €700; St Michael’s Centre (Bandon) €500; Friends of Skibbereen Day Care Centre €600; Ballinspittle Friendship Group €300; The Caha Family Resource Centre (Ardgroom) €380; The Caha Family Resource Centre, Adrigole Mens Group €300; Skibbereen Geriatric Society (Skibbereen Luncheon Club) €400; Schull Community Care €700; Rathbarry NS €440; Barryroe NS €1,200; Scoil Mhuire Ballincollig €800; Scoil Mhicil Naofa (Bere Island) €490; Summer Songbook (Courtmacsherry) €300; Beara West Family Resource Centre €500; The Caha Family Resource Centre/Caha Childcare €270; Canovee Circle of Friends €250; The Traditional Lacemakers of Ireland €400; Caha Centre (Dance) €300.
Drama grants were awarded to Wild Productions and Irene Kelleher €1,200; Bere Island Theatre Troupe €1,000; Seandun Macra na Feirme €350; Hungry Hill Players, €500; Kilmurray Novelty Group €400; and Maria Young €1,000.
The Clonakilty Friends of Asylum Seekers were awarded €1,000 and Creative Arts Bursaries were awarded to Karen Power €2,000; Oonagh Kearney €1,500; Geraldine O’Sullivan €2,000; Tess Leak €1,000; Katie Holly €1,000; Miriam O’Connor €3,000; Mark Kent €1,500; Billy O’Callaghan €1,000, and Roseanne Lynch €2,000.
A number of festivals were also awarded grants. Clonakilty International Guitar Festival €3,000, South of Ireland Band Championships, Clonakilty €800; The Fastnet Maritime & Folk Festival €600; Fastnet Film Festival (Schull) €5,000; Skibbereen Arts Festival €6,000; Feile Atha Da Chab Ballydehob €1,600; Racing Home For Easter Festival €1,000; Engage: Arts Festival Bandon €6,000; Mid May Festival (Midleton) €2,000; Feile an tSamhraidh €250; Music In Community (Ballincollig) €1,000; Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival €1,400; Bantry Tourism & Development (O’Neill Festival) €1,000; Whiddy Island Development Association €400; Daniel Corkery Summer School €500; North Cork Classical Music €1,600; Kanturk Arts Festival €1,500; First Cut Youth Film Festival€5,000; Cobh Carillon Committee €700; Clonaklilty Organic Arts Festival€1,500; Baltimore Fiddle Fair €3,000; St Barrahane’s Church Festival of Music €1,000; Scully’s Traditional Music Festival €1,200; The Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Music Festival €1,000; Dursey Island Development Association €250; Ortus Festival €2,000; Sherkin Island Development Society €800; Beara Arts Festival €3,000; Cobh Arts Festival €500; Eigse Dhiarmuidin €1,000; A Taste of West Cork Festival €1,200; Mallow Arts Collective €1,000; Wild Boar Promotions €500; Drimoleague Singing Festival €1,000; North Cork Drama Festival €800; Love and Care for People – Inspire Kidz Club (Millstreet) €800; Ellen Hutchins Festival (Bantry) €400.
Grants were also awarded to literary organisations: The Well Review €1,000 and The pSoken Word €600.
The Music Grants were given to West Cork Living Room Concerts (Castletownbere) €3,000; Prism Ensemble (Waterfall) €1,600. A number of pipe and brass bands were also given grants, including St Fachtna’s Silver Band €800 and Buionn Piobairi Béal Atha n Ghaorthaidh €800.
Special needs groups like the Irish Wheelchair Association (Clonakilty) received €600, with Rehabcare (Bantry) receiving €800. Traditional Arts Groups were given grants as well, including Ballinspittle Comhaltas (County Fleadh) €1,000, and Craobh Skibbereen €500.
Verbal arts groups were given grants, including the Kinsale & District Toastmasters which received €500, while visual arts groups that got grants included Bantry Art Group €400; Bandon Art Group €250; Art Manoeuvres (West Cork) €1,000 and Ealaíontóirí Mhúscraí €1,000.
Among the youth arts groups given grants were Beara Youth Development Project – Foroige €800 and Dunmanway Chamber of Commerce €500.