West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

New Chair of Arts and Culture Committee in Council outline priorities

Published: 19 June, 2012

Sinn Féin councillor Sorcha McAnespy has become the new chairperson of the Arts and Culture committee on Omagh District Council. At the June meeting of the committee Councillor McAnespy took the reins after being proposed by Sinn Féin councillor Anne Maire Fitzgerald and seconded by a member of the committee. Speaking following her election councillor McAnespy outlined her priorities for the incoming year and said: "I look forward to taking the reins of the Arts and Culture committee on Omagh District Council for the incoming year. The portfolio of Arts and Culture is a wide and varied but important one within the council. We have delivered many successful events in the past year and financially supported many groups in this sector. "One of the most exciting events organised by the committee will be staged in the coming weeks when the Mid Summer Carnival will bring Omagh alive with song, dance and much more. It has been a very successful event in the council calendar and continues to grow in popularity year on year. Additionally the St Patricks Day parade organised in March has proved itself to be one of the best attended carnivals across the island of Ireland on March 17th. It is my intention to, along with the committee, build upon these already very successful events. "The council also have invested in the local community in terms of Arts and culture in the past year through various Irish Language bursaries and through grants for local community festivals and celebrations. As a council we appreciate the diverse cultures and groups within the district and we aim to support these groups in whatever way we can. "Finally one of the largest music festivals will visit Trillick in the coming weeks when it hosts the Tyrone leg of the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann before the event concludes in Cavan town in August. We as a council have supported the community to host this event, which has proved to be hugely successful in its own right. No doubt the rich Irish Culture and arts within the district will be on display throughout the fleadh when it visits Tyrone. I am confident that the District will have a strong showing with the fleadh concludes in Cavan in August."