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Award for Earagail Arts Festival 15.03.10

THE Earagail Arts Festival has scooped an award in recognition of its contribution to Donegal's economy over the last 22 years.
The annual festival that runs throughout the county each summer including Inishowen, took the 'Outstanding Contribution to the Local Economy' award at Friday's Enterprising Donegal Business Awards 2010. The festival is now estimated to be worth around €3 million to the local economy. Artistic director, Paul Brown, said the award recognised the economic return that arts and culture bring to the local economy.
"This very special award is a credit to all our current and former members of staff, our board, all our funders, sponsors and arts partners and all those who have worked with the festival to make it such a success in recent years," he said.
"Like many other businesses, we have had to alter our business plans to meet the current economic climate. However, with the continued support of the people of Donegal we will be able to deliver another fantastic programme of music, circus, theatre, visual arts, film and literature this summer." Mr Brown also thanked the festival's core funders Donegal County Council, the Arts Council of Ireland and Failte Ireland for their continued investment.
Donegal Enterprise Board ceo Michael Tunney added: “We’re delighted to publicly acknowledge the tremendous impact the Earagail Arts Festival has in Donegal.
"That impact is both economic and cultural, and both aspects are vital in promoting Donegal as a great place to live, start a business, or invest."
The Earagail Arts Festival will run from July 3-July 18, 2010 and the programme will be launched in June.
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