Clare County Council has expressed its disappointment that INIS Fest – the proposed three-day music festival at Active Ennis Tim Smythe Park – is not proceeding in June.
The Local Authority has issued a statement in the wake of the announcement by Impresario Events that the festival will not now go ahead after several negotiations between the organisers and Ennis residents failed to resolve a number of outstanding concerns.
Residents of the Fair Green area had voiced their concerns about the hosting of such a large event on their doorsteps. The residents cited noise pollution, the selling of alcohol to 3500 patrons in a park with a ban on alcohol consumption, damage to their personal property, anti-social behaviour and the fear of being blocked in their own driveways as the main concerns.
In a statement issued this evening, Clare County Council said: “As statutory agencies, Clare County Council, An Garda Síochána, Clare County Fire & Rescue Service and Clare Civil Defence had extensive engagement with the organisers including detailed and in-depth discussions on the Event Management Plan.
“The Council is satisfied that the organisers had the capability and capacity to professionally stage and manage INIS Fest 2015. The Event Management Plan was a robust template for the hosting and operation of the proposed festival at Active Ennis Tim Smythe Park.
“The Local Authority is aware of the risks for Impresario Events in undertaking such a venture and, in the absence of certainty around community support understands the decision of Impresario Events not to proceed with the event.
“Clare County Council, in conjunction with all other parties, is fully committed to supporting any initiative that aims to attract festivals and events to Ennist,” the statement added.
Acts scheduled to perform at INIS Fest included Finbarr Furey Damien Dempsey, Hermitage Green, Delorentos, Nathan Carter, Mundy, Kilfenora Céilí Band, Frankie Gavin and De Danna. A host of further guests were expected to be announced in the coming weeks.