New base for mu­sic fes­ti­val

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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