New base for music festival
THERE was good news for Arklow Music Festival in recent days as the volunteer group was offered a new office space, just days before being made effectively homeless.
The group was in desperate need of a new premises as their former base at Sunbeam House Services/Arklow Visual Arts Gallery was no longer available.
Music Festival PRO Tony Fennell said that the group was very concerned that it would have nowhere to operate from, but following their callout to the community, received a number of very generous offers.
‘We needed somewhere rentfree and suited to an office space. The festival is a not for profit event so there are no funds available to pay rent. We were hoping the community would come to our aid and it did,’ he said.
Businesspeople Ian and Sheila Kearon of Kearon’s Hardware, Castlepark came to the rescue and made a premises available to the committee in their building.
‘The location could not be better, and we are very grateful to the Kearons for their generous offer. We received very kind offers from a number of people in the town and we would like to acknowledge that and to say thank you to those people as well,’ Mr Fennell said.
It is all systems go now for the 50th Arklow Music Festival which will take place next spring.