Gas pumps hard cash into Wexford Festival Opera

By David tucker

Published 14/05/2016 | 00:00

David McLoughlin, CEO of Wexford Opera Trust, and Fran McFadden and Andrew Doyle from Gas Networks Ireland, with members of the orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera.
David McLoughlin, CEO of Wexford Opera Trust, and Fran McFadden and Andrew Doyle from Gas Networks Ireland, with members of the orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera.

NEW kid on the Wexford block, Gas Networks Ireland has announced its corporate partnership with Wexford Festival Opera, commencing with this year's festival.

Gas Networks Ireland is in the process of bringing natural gas to Wexford. The €16.5m infrastructure project to bring gas to the town commenced in 2015 and is on track with the first phase due to be completed by the end of 2016.

'We are pleased to announce our support of the Wexford Festival Opera for the next two years. We are delighted to support the arts and in particular an event that is synonymous with Wexford which showcases everything the town has to offer. We are working closely with the people of Wexford as we bring natural gas to homes and businesses in the town,' said Liam O'Sullivan, Managing Director, Gas Networks Ireland.

David McLoughlin, Chief Executive, Wexford Festival Opera, said he was delighted that Gas Networks Ireland have come on board as a Corporate Leader with Wexford Festival Opera.

'Our sponsors' invaluable support enables us to make the Festival a hugely-popular audience event, year after year. Over the past year Gas Networks Ireland have built up quite a presence in Wexford and their continued support of the festival really demonstrates their commitment to our town and county,' said Mr McLoughlin.

This year's festival, which runs from October 26 to November 6, will see leading and emerging artists from Ireland and across the world taking to the stage of the National Opera House to perform three hidden operatic gems. The opera highlights of this year's Festival will include performances of 'Herculanum' by Félicien David, followed by Samuel Barber's first opera, 'Vanessa,' and performances of 'Maria de Rudenz' by Gaetano Donizetti.

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