More community funding needed for 1916 events

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More funding is needed for community groups intending to commemorate the Easter Rising of 1916 in their local community, according to Galway East TD Paul Connaughton.

‘As the winter nights draw in, many communities are only now starting to come together to plan their commemorative events for 1916 and I believe that greater funding is needed to enable communities create a meaningful commemoration of this important event.

‘I have in recent weeks been contacted by community groups planning to erect a memorial or commemorate a specific event or connection to the events of Easter Week. There are many local connections to events of 1916, particularly in south Galway and growing interest in marking the centenary.

‘I have discussed the need for greater funding for small community groups with the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Heather Humphreys TD. While national events are important to recognise and assess the events and legacy of 1916, it is only through engagement with local communities that the commemoration of these events will be spread throughout the state.

‘Funding is only one part of the equation in terms of a successful state-wide commemoration, ease of access to this funding is also crucial and I will be highlighting this fact to Minister Humphreys, there is no point in having a fund available to communities if the application process or verification process is overly cumbersome for a small community group.’