Galway gets €100,000 for community led Decade of Centenaries events

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Community led celebrations for the Decade of Centenaries in Galway this year will benefit from €100,000 in funding announced today.

Galway City and County councils will each receive €50,000 to help develop community led commemorative activities for the final phase of the Decade of Centenaries Programme.

Minister Catherine Martin has announced a €2 million fund for local authorities this year, which includes the individual grants for each council, and a €450,000 supplementary fund.

This will be used to provide further supports to local authorities who have identified additional requirements in relation to specific centenaries of local significance and other larger projects.

Minister Martin said that local council have delivered “thoughtful, imaginative, and ambitious” commemorative programmes, with strong public engagement elements.

“Right across the country, community-led commemorative initiatives continue to make such a wonderful and important contribution to our understanding of these historical events – their impact, consequences and legacies.”

Council have been asked to set aside €15,000 of their allocations for supporting artistic and creative endeavours.

“The interpretation of significant historical events by our artists and creative practitioners provides an important platform to encourage reflection and the consideration of issues, both past and present”.

In many cases these may be “challenging, difficult and sometimes deeply personal” Catherine Martin said.