Fáilte Ireland has confirmed that its Global Irish Festival series will return to Limerick and Donegal later this year.
The series encourages diaspora to return home to visit Ireland and was first held as a pilot initiative in 2018. It provides funding and support, through the relevant local authorities, for events which tap into international diaspora networks to increase overseas visitors.
In Limerick, the festival will support Global Limerick, featuring I.NY (Ireland.New York), which runs from 12th to 20th October and explores the connection between Ireland and New York City; and the Richard Harris International Film Festival, which takes place from 22nd to 28th October and marks the life and works of the famous Limerick-born actor.
In Donegal, the initiative will support Donegal Connect, which runs from 27th September to 6th October and offers a rich itinerary of food, culture, music and heritage experiences, genealogy classes, sport, business and education.
The announcement was made by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross. He said: “It’s great to see the Global Irish Festival Series return this year. The festival series enables local communities to further build upon diaspora networks and deepen connections around the world.”
Speaking about the festival series, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Festivals, Ciara Sugrue, said: “The development of tourism festivals is part of Fáilte Ireland’s strategy to encourage domestic and international visitors to visit areas outside of traditional tourism hotspots and outside of peak times to spread the benefits of tourism to communities throughout Ireland.”
Garry Martin, Director of Economic Development & Global Engagement at Donegal County Council, said: “With support from Fáilte Ireland, Donegal County Council has worked with key stakeholders and local communities to build a programme of events for Donegal Connect and we’re hoping the festival will be even bigger and better this year.”