Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative

Longford County Council is delighted to launch a new Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora which seeks to build on the legacy of The Gathering 2013. The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, officially launched the initiative, a joint partnership between Fáilte Ireland, IPB Insurance and the 34 Local Authorities, to provide an annual fund of €1m over the next three years to support up to 700 local community-based events and festivals each year around the country.

Longford County Council will provide €30,000 over the next three years for this purpose.Commenting on the initiative, County Manager Tim Caffrey said “Every year Longford County Council supports many festivals, facilitates forums and engages with citizens to support them in community events. We want to develop and encourage sustainable communities and to give people a sense of pride and belonging and help to attract visitors.”

“Pride in Place and Pride in Community is at the heart of what we do in Longford County Council, and reaching out to and re-connecting with our Diaspora is a very important part of our work with our communities” continued Mayor Larry Bannon “This initiative will inject a new energy into communities, making people think about how they can help communities, promote their localities through new and recurring events and how they can sell these events to visitors”. It will give opportunities for individuals, groups and co-ops to get creative and think outside of traditional target markets and audiences”.

The Community Diaspora Tourism Initiative is a direct response to one of the clear successes of last year’s The Gathering where 5,000 communities mobilised to harness their Diaspora links for the benefit of local and community tourism.

The amount awarded will be based on the number of overseas visitors attending events. The minimum offered is €500 and the maximum €3,000. Longford County Council will invite applications for support from local community events from today, with a closing date of 21st March. For further information please see links below or contact Bernie Doyle on 043-3343472 or email

Community Tourism Diaspora Project Information and Guidelines

Community Tourism Diaspora Project Application Form



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