Muckno Mania Castleblayney - Cavan Monaghan LEADER Festival Conference 2012
Muckno Mania Festival
OriginsThe Muckno Mania Festival was introducedby Castleblayney Community Enterprise asa one day event back in 1999. Followingits success that year the Festival was thenextended to a three day event.The Muckno Mania Festival is now in its13th year and continues to include avaried programme which is designed toprovide family entertainment and also toenhance public awareness andappreciation of the Arts.
AimsThe aims of the Festival are to promote &stimulate community interest in art,culture & sports so as to enhance cultural,social & economic development within thecommunity. The organisers of the Festivalare always keen to broaden participationin the events and therefore the FestivalProgramme includes a variety of activitiesaimed at all sections of the community.
Festival NameThe title of the Festival which includes theword Muckno is in reference to the sceniclake Muckno and the parish of Muckno. Thelake took its name from a story which tellshow a Saint Maeldoid tried to build aMonastery on one side of the lake but hadto change his plans when a Black Pigemerged from the lake to knock down thewalls each night. The lake was then calledMuc Snàmh which is the English for theswimming pig. However poor Englishpronunciation back the years translated it toMuckno.
Wilbert the PigIn 2007 the Committee decided tocreate a corporate logo for theFestival which would make itsynonymous with the event.Eventually they identified andadopted an image of a pig in abathing suit holding a micro-phonewhich represents both the legend ofthe lake and depicts the FestivalProgramme of Entertainment. In aschool competition Erin Brady namedthe pig Wilbert and he is now widelyused in all Festival promotionalmaterial.
Committee Make-upThe Muckno Mania Committee is made up of: 5 Castleblayney Community Enterprise Board Members 18 Local People from different ages and backgrounds Over 50 volunteers help out on the weekend.
Art ContentThe entire Muckno FestivalProgramme deliberately combinespopular fare with serious artisticcontent which is designed not aloneto enhance public awareness &appreciation in the Arts but also toprovide a diverse programmewhereby more & more peopleexperience the arts. There is a veryvaried Art content throughout theentire Muckno Mania Programme.
Key Items Festival Queen Guinness World Records Cultural Fair Triathlon Soap Box / Float Your Soap Box Stars in Your Eyes Fun Day Sunday New Creative Activities
Possible Benefits Joint marketing and promotion Joint fundraising Central administration office Sharing of resources e.g. equipment Idea sharing and assisting each event to become more successful Funding applications
Group Undertakings Met Stakeholders Bookmarkers FÁS Job Placement Variety Concert Application To LEADER
LEADER Funding at 75% 6½ Pages in Northern Standard €6,300 6 x 7 Day Advert on Northern Sound €3,654 Programme Book and fliers €6,218 2011 Annual Calendar €3,993 Seven Pop up Stands with graphics €4,840 6 Aluminium road sign stands €1,975 36 (8ft x 4ft) Road Signs €1,990 40 control barriers €1,920 100 Cones €1,983 24 (10ft x 2ft) Street Banners €1,430 20 Corporate Flags €1,600 1 Outdoor PA System €1,940 €37,843