Crowds sit eagerly ahead of Friday nights Feile Classical Pic: Sarah Farrell/ Doodle Pictures. Photo far right: Sarah Farrell
"There seems to be a real determination for the Feile Classical to happen again" - Bank of Ireland's Marie Cunniffe.
The success of the Feile Classical was all the talk of a special event in the Anner Hotel on Friday morning last with the overwhelming feeling that similar events should take place in the coming years.
Hosted by Bank of Ireland, the breakfast morning attracted people from the local community, businesses, shops and those who had attended the two day concerts which proved to be an outstanding success.
And, the line-up of speakers ensured that those in attendance were given full opportunity to engage with them, have their questions answered and gain insight into the work involved in running an event such as the Feile Classical.
The speakers included: former Tipperary hurling Manager and Bank of Ireland County Manager Mick Ryan; Paul Boland, Co-Founder of CWB, which promoted Feile Classical; Dave Morgan, Commercial Director of Semple Stadium; Con Hogan, Chairman of the Semple Stadium Management Committee; John Butler, President of the Chamber of Commerce and proprietor of Bookworm.The panel discussion was most enlightening and according to Bank of Ireland Business Manager, Marie Cunniffe the contributions were overwhelmingly positive.
“There seems to be a real determination for the Feile Classical to happen again and from all of those who attended the breakfast briefing, there was nothing but positive feedback. The Saturday night concert was sold out in 4 minutes and there were 8,000 at the Friday evening event. This was a really big community event which benefited the whole community. But, it needs the support of the whole community for it to continue in the years to come. I think that is what everybody wants at this stage because it was such a success and there was such a demand for it,” she told The Tipperary Star this week.
The Feile Classical was a major boost to the local economy and the hope is that it can become part of the local festival scene going forward.