Despite being cancelled due to the protests of local residents eighteen days ago, INIS Fest looks set to take place in County Clare due to the overwhelming support shown from the people of the Banner County and beyond. Páraic McMahon reports.
The proposed three-day festival was due to take place at the end of June this year, but negotiations between residents of the Fair Green area in Ennis and Impresario Events the organisers of the event broke down following the threat of legal action by the residents, with the result being the postponement of INIS Fest.
Speaking exclusively to The Clare Herald, Darren Purtill of Impresario Events admitted it is “still up in the air as to when and where INIS Fest will take place”. Purtill stressed that he was keen not to raise the hopes of the people of Clare this time round.
Since the April 10th cancellation of INIS Fest, a number of local venues have stepped forward and offered to host the event. Some of the locations willing to host INIS Fest are outside of the town, but when it does take place; Ennis will be the venue according to Impresario Events.
An announcement will be made in “in the next couple of weeks” Darren Purtill said on when and where INIS Fest will take place. “A lot of work is still to be done for contacting artists and organising venues” Mr Purtill added. It remains unclear if the festival will take place this summer or in 2016.
Originally INIS Fest was going to take place from June 26th to June 28th at Tim Smythe Park with artists such as Delorentos, Nathan Carter, Finbarr Furey, Damien Dempsey and the Kilfenora Céilí Band due to perform. Each act has yet to be re-confirmed for the rescheduled INIS Fest. Darren Purtill stated that “no decisions have been made as to how big it will be”. While the festival looks set to return, it could possibly be as a one-day festival.
Those who already purchased tickets for INIS Fest will still be eligible to attend the rescheduled festival. Refunds are available for individuals seeking them. For patrons who purchased tickets via http://www.tickets.ie, an email must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets purchased locally from Fairgreen Stoves or the three supported charites can be refunded by contacting them directly or messaging the INIS Fest Facebook Page.
Organisers of INIS Fest have expressed their thanks with the “overwhelming support from everyone in Ennis, Clare, from around the country and from overseas”. They now feel “INIS Fest needs to happen”.
This latest development is positive news for the local tourism and hospitality sectors that are set to receive a jobs boost as a result of the festival taking place in Ennis. INIS Fest was organised to celebrate the 775th anniversary of Ennis and an announcement will be made in the next few weeks as to whether INIS Fest will take place in Ennis’ 775th or 776th year.