Chairman of the Macroom and Blarney Municipal Council Aindrias Moynihan announced that €12,700 is being awarded towards arts and culture programmes in the Muskerry region. These Arts Grants aid community groups to set up creative projects, which benefit their communities. The grants awarded are Scoil Naomh Mhuire Farann €1000 towards a large instillation they will build for the Blarney Garden Festival Floodlights Youth Theatre Blarney €300 towards costs associated with youth theatre production ‘Doghouse’ Headway Ballincollig €1200 for a dance project Music in the Community €1000 for workshops for marginalised groups at a new festival in Ballincollig Ballincollig Comhaltas €1000 for hosting Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí CCC Craobh Lachtain Naofa Cill na Martra €500 towards developing a youth Céidlidh Band Cruinniú n bhFliuit €1000 towards the 2015 festival workshops in Balie Mhuirne Éigse Dhiarmuid Úi Shuilleabhain €1000 towards 8 music workshops at the 2015 festival in Cúil Aodha Ionad Culturtha an Dochtuir O Loingsigh Baile Mhuirne €2000 towards painting large scale murials in the Ionad Buionn Piobairi Barra Naofa Ballingeary €800 towards the purchase of new instruments Aisling Gheal €900 to support traditional singing in the Gaeltacht. Ealiantoiri Mhuscrai €1200 towards festival exhibition as well as workshops in 5 local schools Balineen Foroige Club €800 towards devising and producing a drama focusing on issues affecting young people “I’m pleased to see such a wide range of projects from festivals to exhibitions and performances through to youth and children’s workshops where young creative minds can be inspired. Festivals, exhibitions and workshops are often free of charge to the public with organisers raising much of the funding. As well as attracting visitors and boosting local economies, these exhibits also promote creativity and assist in improving standards in the arts. I believe that the mix and range of projects also shows how creative and interesting the people of Muskerry are,” Councillor Moynihan said.