Saturday 25 October 2014

Puttnam calls for reversal of decision to cut funds from Cork Film Centre

Published 13/04/2014 | 02:30

Oscar award-winning film producer, educator and digital champion Lord David Puttnam, pictured, has called for a reversal of the recent Arts Council withdrawal of funding from Cork Film Centre.

In an open letter, the filmmaker (inset) said that the Cork Film Centre delivered an important service to aspiring filmmakers and visual artists as well as employing film as an important tool within its youth programmes.

"It is an essential support to filmmakers and artists, helping them develop their careers after graduating from art colleges and film, television and multimedia courses," he said.

He added: "In my view, the Cork Film Centre represents a vital component in the arts network of the southern region, and the complete cessation of its funding is a decision which should urgently be reconsidered."

CONNICK TO TAKE THE REINS AT JFK TRUST

The board of the John F Kennedy Trust New Ross has announced that former TD Sean Connick is to be its new chief executive.

Mr Connick will succeed Sean Reidy, who will retire in June after 23 years' service as chief executive of the trust.

The John F Kennedy Trust runs a range of tourist, heritage and social development projects including the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience at the Quayside New Ross, the Kennedy Homestead at Dunganstown and the JFK Tea Rooms at the nearby John F Kennedy Arboretum.

BID TO BOOST CANADIAN TOURIST NUMBERS

Leitrim Tourism has teamed up with Peterborough, a city in Canada, to promote their respective tourism offerings to both Irish and Canadian tourists. The aim of the initiative, which marks the 20th anniversary of the re-opening of the Shannon-Erne Waterway, is to promote the waterways that they both offer and to boost visitors from Canada to Leitrim during 2014.

NEW GREENWAY IN €11M CYCLING PLAN

Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly has announced the development of a major new and world-class greenway as part of €11m funding for cycling infrastructure.

The centrepiece of the funding will go towards construction of one of the world's most dramatically scenic greenways – running along an old railway line, over viaducts through mountainous tunnels overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Ring of Kerry.

Mr Kelly has allocated €3.4m, which will go towards construction of 26 kilometres of Greenway from Glenbeigh to Cahirciveen along the old Great Southern Railway.

Sunday Independent

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