The Arts Council has hailed the success of the 2010 Scoil Acla summer school which closed on Sunday evening. It was the Achill Island festival’s 100-year celebration and once again showcased the best in Irish music, dance, poetry and drama. The Arts Council provided €7,500 in funding for the event.
"The Scoil Acla festival is the defining event in Achill Island’s cultural calendar with the 2010 festival offering the most exciting, most imaginative explosion of arts and culture yet," said Arts Council Chairman Pat Moylan.
Ms Moylan continued: "The Arts Council is delighted to be associated with such a culturally significant event. It is of great importance, both in cultural terms and as a source of economic investment and job creation to the people of Achill Island, and we are glad to be able to fund such a worthy event."
"The importance of the arts to economic, social and cultural life in the West -- and to all of Ireland -- is crucial," she added.
The Scoil Acla festival is a traditional music summer school and ran from 26 July until 1 August. It is an integral part of the cultural heritage of Achill Island and this year enjoyed its 100 year anniversary. Between 1,500 and 2,000 people attend the event annually with writers, artists, performers and musicians creating theatre, spectacle, poetry, literature and music to produce a festival of cultural activity and celebration.