The Arts Council, the Irish government agency for developing the arts, held a celebratory reception to acknowledge the work of the Donegal County Council and the arts community in Harvey's Point Hotel on Monday evening. The reception was part of the Council's Plenary meeting.
The event, which was to acknowledge and build on the growing role of local authorities in developing the arts, was attended by Minister Mary Coughlan, Donegal County Manager Michael McLoone, local representatives, the arts community, as well as Arts Council members.
Ms Olive Braiden, Chair of the Arts Council, said: "We came here to Donegal to show everyone that we are the Arts Council of Ireland, not the Arts Council of Dublin. One of the great developments in the arts scene over the past two decades has been the extent to which the arts have at long last become a resource and enjoyment for everyone, no matter where in the country they live. That is a trend that the Arts Council is very strongly committed to continue."
Ms Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council, said: "There is an immense amount of good work being done in the arts in Donegal, and we see a deep commitment to nurture and develop the arts. We in the Arts Council look forward to working in close partnership with the local authority to realise that commitment, and help to make the arts in Donegal flourish as never before."
Editor’s note: Members of the Arts Council are appointed by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism. The Chair and members are: Olive Braiden, Chair; Maurice Foley, Deputy Chair; Noelle Campbell Sharp; Theo Dorgan; Rosaleen Linehan; Orlaith McBride; Mary Nunan; Philip King; Alan Stanford; Aibhlín McCrann; John Crumlish; Jaki Irvine and Colm Tóibín.
The Arts Council contributed €1,402,403 towards the arts in Donegal County Council in 2006, including funding for events/organisations such as Earagain Arts Festival, Fidget Feet, Artlink Ltd and Inishowen Carnival Group.