SECAD supporting area based Festivals

SECAD is a major supporter of festivals that have the capacity to attract tourists regionally, nationally & internationally and that will increase the profile of South and East Cork as a visitor destination. SECAD festival funding has supported community based festivals that have the capacity to support tourism employment and local trade and increase bed nights for the region.

SECAD has funded the collective promotion of these festivals for the past three years. Examples of festivals have included Carrigtwohill Medieval Festival, Midleton Food and Drink Festival, Youghal Family Fun, East Cork Early Music, ‘Cobh Calls’ Maritime Events (People’s Regatta, Summer Swing and Sea Angling, South of Ireland Pipe Band and Cobh Blues Experience), Spoirtfest, Cork Harbour Based Events including Crosshaven Traditional Sail, Monkstown Traditional Sail, Cork Harbour Open Day, the Whitegate Rowing Festival, and Carrigaline based events such as Damhsafest

In 2012, SECAD launched a new festival programmed called 100festivals.

Through this festival programme, festivals are collectively supported through a festival expert as well as via marketing initiatives such as a dedicated festival website and  brochure as well as through training in social media and online marketing.

The festivals taking place in the region are diverse in every way; there is something for everybody! Agricultural events, arts, creativity, sport, food, family festivals, heritage, music, history, literature and of course our huge maritime links and lots more. Be sure to visit

SECAD will also collectively support capital expenditure on a geographical basis.

This is an initiative brought about through the support of South and East Cork Area Development Ltd(SECAD) through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the National Development Plan.

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