CEO of Athlone Chamber Tommy Hogan, with councillors Aengus O’Rourke and John Dolan as they announce the new festival coordinator position.

New Athlone Festival and Events co-ordinator to be appointed

Athlone Chamber of Commerce has announced the establishment of a new Festival and Events Coordinator position, made possible through generous funding from Westmeath County Council.

This initiative, proposed by the Chamber, has received enthusiastic backing from Councillors Aengus O’Rourke and John Dolan. The new role is set to significantly boost the festival and events scene in the region.

The Festival and Events Coordinator will be responsible for helping planning, promoting, and executing a diverse range of community and volunteer events that highlight the unique culture and spirit of Athlone. The role aims to foster community unity, attract tourism, and support local businesses by enhancing the quality and frequency of festivals and events.

Athlone Chamber President, Regina Bushell commented: “This initiative, aims to showcase the unique culture and spirit of Athlone through a diverse range of events. I look forward to seeing the positive impact this position will have on our town's cultural scene and economy.”

“The introduction of a Festival and Events Coordinator is a monumental step for our community,” said Tommy Hogan, CEO of Athlone Chamber of Commerce. “We are deeply grateful to Westmeath County Council for their support and to Councillors Aengus O’Rourke and John Dolan for their unwavering commitment to this vision. This role will not only amplify our cultural celebrations but also stimulate our local economy by drawing visitors and fostering local spending.”

Cllr Aengus O’Rourke expressed strong support for the initiative, stating: “This new position is a game-changer for Athlone. It will bring our community together through vibrant events and festivals, showcasing the best of what our region has to offer. I am proud to support this initiative and look forward to seeing its positive impact.”

Cllr John Dolan also shared his excitement, saying, “The funding for the Festival and Events Coordinator reflects our commitment to enhancing the cultural and social fabric of Athlone. This role will play a crucial part in elevating our local events, creating memorable experiences for residents and visitors alike. I eagerly anticipate the growth and success that this position will bring to our community.”

The Chamber said it extended its gratitude to the Westmeath County Council and Councillors Aengus O’Rourke and John Dolan for their continued support.

Funding was recommended by Westmeath County Council's Economic Development, Enterprise and Tourism Strategic Policy Committee and will come from the council's Economic Development and Promotion Fund.