This week on Open For Business, we take a look at Events & Attractions in Ireland and how these businesses are coping with the impact of COVID. We look at how the industry is doing, hear some of the struggles & worries on the ground – from well-known musicians like Jerry Fish, to small events industry companies like Extreme Structures, and also talk to some of businesses trying new things to just try and survive.

Joining Ella and Richard in studio to discuss the industry worries is Shane Dunne, MCD event manager and founder of Indiependence Music & Arts Festival in Cork.

Later in the show, we take a closer look at family-owned & run businesses at the heart of Irish SMEs, who have all felt the impact of Covid-19 and just want to get back to business. 

Also in studio this week is Tánaiste and Minster for Enterprise, Trade & Employment, Leo Varadkar, who discusses trying to strike a balance between public health and keeping Irish business going.

Relevant Links


For mental health and wellbeing support, visit Minding Creative Minds

For more information about EPIC Working Group visit their website here

For the full Report of the Expert Advisory Group June 2020 to the Arts Council click here

For advice on grants and re-training, visit LEO website here


For the latest travel advice, visit here

For more information on Restart Grants, click here

For information on COVID-19 business supports, visit here

For the latest information on the Wage Subsidy Scheme, visit here

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