AOIFE Online

AOIFE - the Association of Irish Festival Events - is an all-island voluntary network organisation that brings together organisers of festivals and events in Ireland, suppliers to the festival and event sector and policy-makers and funders to act as a forum for the sharing of ideas and to resolve common areas of concern and seeks to influence government policies in relation to the sector.

Brief History

Founded in March 1993, today there are over 400 festivals and events and in excess of 100 corporate, associate and individual members. Member Festivals range from prestigious international events to a host of smaller town and village festivals throughout the island of Ireland.

AOIFE operates a central office (Ballinasloe, Co. Galway) with a part-time Administrator, a Network Developement Officer, supplemented by third level students and international interns on work placement programmes, together with a range of consultants specialising in the operations, information technology, risk assessment, legal and communications fields.

Who we are.

We are a dedicated team that will look after your needs. Our team works together, but cover individual zones and skills to achieve the best outcome.

Colm Croffy

Executive Director

Mary O'Connell

Memebership / Admin Officer

Laura Sheehan

Journalist / Researcher

Thomas Wall

Social Media / Designer

Jacopo Garrone


Daniel Albiani

International Affairs

Insure Scheme

The Event Insure Scheme is a package of insurance policies designed specifically for festivals and events. For the majorirty of AOIFE members the scheme offers 50% savings on premiums –

Annual Conference

AOIFE & Our Partners organise an annual conference with a programme that includes presentations, seminars and workshops on a variety of relevant topics including funding, marketing, insurance, health and safety and sponsorship.

Help Desk

AOIFE also operates a help desk for members where specific enquiries are dealt with on festival or event matters within 48 hours. Other services include regular networking and training seminars, the production of a range of guidelines and codes of practice which endeavour to ensure the application of ‘best practice’ by festivals and events in Ireland.

Event Training

AOIFE circulates an electronic fortnightly eBulletin to update Members on topical issues and to allow Members to network acts, facilities and services. AOIFE also has a very detailed Resource Library of Festival Management Guides which can be issued to Members.

How we work.

1 We offer a support package to events interested in joining. With this package comes training and tips for running a festival, event insurance, and one on one support with our executive director who will answer any questions over a skype call.

2 Events who join our membership with AOIFE will also be invited to our Annual Conference, where numerous event organisers will gather for a day of talks and awards in various areas for events and their members.

3 Through support and new contacts, we will help your event status and popularity, and make sure the event runs smoothly through our training and advice, along with our discount on event insurance.