The Marquee in Drumlish Festival got the go ahead today after issues over the licence emerged in the district court.
The matter which was determined during a court sitting on Tuesday saw Judge Seamus Hughes exercise a 1962 law which permits the consumption of alcohol in a marquee.
The judge’s determination now means that festival organisers must construct a steel structure, rather than the traditional marquee which has introduced festival goers from all over the country to the north Longford village for the last few years.
Cllr Martin Mulleady (FF) is a member of the organising committee and he said the determination by the court would add an additional €8,000-€12,000 to production costs. “We will have to a hire a company now called the ‘Big Red Barn’ that will construct an appropriate structure for the festival,” he added. “It will take two days to construct it and will add more cost to this year’s festival - possibly between €8,000 and €12,000.” More details in tomorrow’s Longford Leader!