Changes to Expression of Interest criteria for St Patrick’s Festival 2021 following extension of restrictions

24th February 2021

Following the decision by the Northern Ireland Executive on Thursday 18 February 2021 to extend current restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus and to help manage the pressures on the health and social care system until 1 April 2021, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has revised its plans and its funding for the St Patrick’s Festival 2021.

The Council is urging community groups and organisations not to organise in person events as part of the Festival and to refrain from any travel or gatherings.  The message is clear – stay at home.

The Council has reviewed the conditions for the Expression of Interest applications for funding aimed at enabling community groups and organisations to participate in St Patrick’s Festival 2021 and has confirmed that funding will now be available for on-line content only.

The St. Patrick’s Festival will run from Friday 12th March to Wednesday 17th March 2021. The online content can celebrate a townland, village, town, or local community’s culture and can be:

An online live/recorded Music, dance or singing performance or storytelling or

Photography – Communities send photos of own area for an online exhibition

Please note: image consent forms for the online activity must be completed and forwarded to the Council with the recording.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council will support up to a maximum of 30 events or activities across the district with financial support of up to £250 per proposal.

For further information on the essential criteria for groups and activities please contact the Events Team by email at or click on this link  to complete an Expression of Interest application form.