DISAPPOINTMENT AFTER FUNDING PULLED ON DONEGAL SUMMER SCHOOL

first_imgThe Micheal O’Cleirigh Summer School committee has expressed unanimous disappointment at the loss of badly-needed funding.In its inaugural year in 2014 the school, centred at Creevy and Rossnowlagh, outside Ballyshannon, received €2,000 from Donegal County Council strategic development fund which is allocated by councillors to local deserving organisations.The committee has just learned that the school will get none of the local allocation this year. Most of the money allocated in the Ballyshannon area is going instead to the Rory Gallagher festival and the Aodh Rua GAA club. Public records show the council agreed to give €10,000 to the Rory Gallagher festival and €9,000 to Aodh Rua for park development and conversion.The Micheal O’Cleirigh School runs for three days from May 15 to 17, after a decision to extend it following the success of last year’s one-day event.Committee members were told at a recent meeting that they are now struggling to fund the school.They were told by Failte Ireland that the school is still too small to receive funding from its grant aid sources. Failte recommended that the school seek continued funding from the council’s strategic development fund. Brian McAuley, chairman of Scoil Micheal O’ Clerigh said: “We are gravely disappointed that we have been ignored by our local councillors.“The Rory Gallagher festival is receiving €10,000 and the Aodh Rua Club is receiving €9,000.“Both also received funding from other grant-aiding sources while we have none.“The council’s strategic development fund was established to give aid to small events like ours to develop and grow.“I cannot understand why the GAA, a national organisation with so many million euro, is getting extra funding from a local source when a school to honour the head of the Four Masters who did such great work on the annals of the Kingdom of Ireland is left struggling. “It also appears a blues guitarist who left Ballyshannon at a few weeks of age is more important to our councillors than the scholar who led a team to produce the ancient annals of Ireland.“Surely, the council could have given a little less to the Rory Gallagher festival and the Aodh Rua club and make a small fund available for the Micheal O’ Cleirigh school”Information about the School can be found on www.mocleirigh.ie or by linking to Micheal O’Cleirigh on Facebook or on 087 444 5848.DISAPPOINTMENT AFTER FUNDING PULLED ON DONEGAL SUMMER SCHOOL was last modified: April 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more