The news this week that the Indiependence Music and Arts Festival has been saved for Mitchelstown, for at least 2016, came with a deep sense of relief – and not just by the businesspeople of the town who obviously have the most to gain from it, but also by the ‘regulars’ from the area who have made the festival their own over the last numbers of years. The 11th festival will run again on the August bank holiday in the Deer Farm on the Dublin Road and, by all accounts, we can expect an even bigger influx of festivalgoers in 2016. The 60% increase in capacity was so well handled last year, and dispelled any fears that extra numbers might bring trouble to the town. The festivalgoers did themselves proud and left the town with a real feelgood factor. All interested parties will be hoping that Indiependence will remain on for many more years in the town where it all started and will no doubt, be doing everything in their power to keep it so. Long may it last!